The Lubrication of industrial machinery is an essential requirement for every mechanical operating device because of its crucial need in any rotating equipment efficiency and life expectancy. Now the question is, "where can these industrial lubricants be found in the Nigerian market"? Read on as we walk you through this articulated content.

According to a study, over 50% of bearings fail due to improper Lubrication of moving parts of the machinery. Choosing the right lubricant solution will help reduce bearing failures increase machine uptime, productivity, and energy efficiency.

Table of content

What is lubrication


Types of industrial lubricants and their uses

Brand we promote

Outlets to buy industrial lubricants in Nigeria

Choosing the right industrial lubricants for your need

The impact of Lubrication on predictive maintenance

basic advantages of industrial lubricants

Frequent Asked Questions


What is Lubrication?

Lubrication is simply defined as the application of oily or greasy substances, also called lubricants, to reduce friction and allow moving machine parts to slide smoothly past each other.

Primarily, lubricant displaces and modifies solid surface properties, removes debris, and regulates temperature with the fluid film, which reduces friction, wear and tear, binding and also excludes moisture. They include oils, fluids, greases, and other compounds which possess similar characteristics. An ideal lubricant minimalizes solid-to-solid contact, which can obstruct movement and cause friction. Industrial lubricants are designed to produce the desired effect, and they differ in various applications as each job operation requires specific properties with environmental factors being considered.


Industrial lubricants basically consist of natural oils, synthetic silicone oils,petroleum-based compounds, or combinations with wax or solid lubricant dispersions.

Petroleum and mineral oil lubricants are derived from petroleum.

Petroleum-based lubricants tend to be more viscous, temperature-sensitive, and possess a lower breakdown temperature than synthetic or solid lubricants.

Synthetic lubricants: These types of lubricants do not contain a petroleum or mineral oil base, and they are based on synthetic compounds including silicone, polyglycol, esters, digesters, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and mixtures of synthetic fluids and water.


Based on their outstanding characteristics and various applications, industrial lubricants are divided into four categories; Greases, oils, penetrating, and dry lubricant.

1. Grease:

This helps protect parts against the effects of rust and corrosion and is ideal in extreme heat environments. Greases are quite easy to apply, best used in equipment and machines that are hard to reach, they work effectively in worn-out lubricating machinery under extreme conditions. They are a great choice for sealing leakage in a high contaminant environment.

2. Oils:

They work excellently both in lubricating and cooling machinery, resulting from their unique heat transfer properties. They bring about a smooth application because of their ability to penetrate metal surfaces very easily. Examples include;

a) Compressor oils are low non-foaming fluids designed to shield against abrasion, rust, and corrosion and protect against wear and tear. They are used in refrigerator compressors as well as others too.

b) Gear oils – This gives protection from the effect of abrasion in transmission in vehicles and machinery. It increases gear efficiency that is governed by load, speed, and operating temperatures. They include friction modifiers that establish a protective film that minimizes friction.

c) Hydraulic oils – Hydraulic oils are best in improving the efficiency of pumps in hydraulic mechanisms such as elevators, excavators, or a brake.

d) Motor oils – This oil is used to clean moving parts, protecting them against corrosion sludge formation and improving fuel efficiency.

3. Penetrating Oils;

These comprise penetrant and penetrating oils which are low viscosity fluids used to protect surfaces from rusts, including nuts, fasteners, pulleys, belts, shafts, etc

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Brands we promote but are not limited to:

Shell Lubricants

LubeMax Lubricants

Mobil lubricants

Castrol Lubricants

Chevron lubricants

Total Lubricants

Sinopec Lubricants

  1. Shell Lubricants

Epoxy Oilserv is a distributor and supplier of Shell Lubricants in Nigeria. Contact us.

Shell Advance AX5 4T 20w50 1L

Our Shell Advance AX5 4T 20W 50 1L is a premium mineral motor oil with a unique Active Cleansing Technology that keeps the engine clean & prevents sludge build-up giving a smoother, quieter, and more responsive engine with enhanced efficiency.

Specification of Shell Advance AX5 4T 20W 50 1L

  • Delivers more power & response; good pickup & acceleration with superior engine cleanliness
  • Longer engine life with 29% superior wear protection than industry standards
  • Oil works like new with 25% better High-Temperature Protection than a leading competitor.

Shell Brake Clutch Fluid Dot 4 500ml.

Shell Advance

Tikweld Welding Supplies and Services is the distributor and supplier of Shell Lubricants in Nigeria. With a large stock of shell dot brake clutch, we at tikweld know that quality lubricants are essential for the longevity of engines; that is why we give you the very best in the lubricant world.

Ideal For Modern Cars.

Features Of Our Shell Dot 4 Brake & Clutch Fluid

  • A Premium, High Performance, And Low Viscosity Brake And Hydraulic Clutch Fluid.
  • It serves as protection For Car Parts by preventing them From Corrosion And Swelling.

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Shell Rimular R2 Etxra 4L.

This oil is approved by leading engine makers, suitable for most heavy-duty applications, including turbocharged engines. The Shell Rimula R2 Extra Energised Protection oils use a proven combination of additives that is compatible with the needs of your engine.

Features Of Our Shell Rimula R2 Extra

Shell rimular

  • The Shell Rimula R2 oils incorporate an enhanced detergent additive system to control piston deposits and maintain good

Standards of engine cleanliness.

  • Dependable protection
  • Long engine life; the oil drain interval prolongs the life of the engine.
  • Shell Rimula R2 monograde oils support its use in certain.

transmission and mobile hydraulic systems where the use of

the equipment recommends monograde engine oils

LubeMax Lubricants

LubeMax Gas Engine Oil 4L

Tikweld Welding Supplies and Services is the distributor and supplier of LubeMax Lubricants in Nigeria. LubeMax Gas Engine Oil is a high-performance quality oil blended for use in 4-stroke. These spark-ignition engines require a 'low ash' oil and natural gas. LubeMax Gas Engine oil satisfies the new generation of stationary gas engines designed to meet the emerging legislation limiting NOx emissions and those that employ the latest' lean' or 'clean' burn technology.


SAE Viscosity Grade; 40

Kinematic Viscosity @40oC mm2/s; 135

Kinematic Viscosity @100oC mm2/s; 13.5

Density @15oC kg/l; 890

Flash point (COC) oC; 230

Pour Point oC; -18

Sulphated Ash %wt; 0.45

Phosphorus; 300

Contact us for Lubemax lubricant and other quality lubricants.

LubeMax Gas Engine Oil 200L

Tikweld Welding Supplies and Services is the distributor and supplier of LubeMax Lubricants in Nigeria. LubeMax Gas Engine Oil is a high-performance quality oil blended for use in 4-stroke, spark-ignition engines which require a 'low ash' oil and use natural gas as fuel. LubeMax Gas Engine oil satisfies the new generation of stationary gas engines designed to meet the emerging legislation limiting emissions of NOx and those which employ the latest' lean' or 'clean' burn technology.


SAE Viscosity Grade; 40

Kinematic Viscosity @40oC mm2/s; 135

Kinematic Viscosity @100oC mm2/s; 13.5

Density @15oC kg/l; 890

Flash point (COC) oC; 230

Pour Point oC; -18

Sulphated Ash %wt; 0.45

Phosphorus; 300

Contact us for Lubemax lubricant and other quality lubricants.

Mobil lubricants

Mobilux EP 2 Grease Oil

Mobil EP2

Mobilux EP 2 is a lithium hydroxy stearate grease formulated to provide extra protection against wear, rusting, and water washout. Mobilux EP 2 greases are recommended for most types of industrial applications, including heavy-duty applications where high unit pressures or shock loads are present.


NLGI Grade 2

Thickener Type Lithium

Color, Visual Brown

Penetration, Worked, 25ºC, ASTM D 217 280

Viscosity of Oil, ASTM D 445

cSt @ 40ºC 160

Timken OK Load, ASTM D 2509, lb 40

4-Ball Wear, ASTM D 2266, Scar, mm 0.4

4-Ball Weld Load, ASTM D 2596, Kg 250

Dropping Point, D 2265, C 190

Mobil Gargoyle Arctic SHC 226E Refrigeration Oil

The Mobil Gargoyle Arctic SHC 226E Refrigeration Oil is a fully synthetic, superior performance lubricant that is specially designed for use in refrigeration compressors and heat pumps.


Mobil Gargoyle Arctic SHC 226E Refrigeration Oil can be used for:

• Commercial, industrial, residential heat pump applications and marine refrigeration systems

• It is also ideal for both reciprocating and rotary compressor designs

• Recommended for use with the following refrigerants: Ammonia and Carbon Dioxide. Buy Now

Castrol Lubricants


GZ Industrial Supplies is the distributor and supplier of Castrol lubricants in Nigeria. Castrol Spheerol LMM is a multipurpose lithium grease containing molybdenum disulphide solid lubricant to enhance its load-carrying properties under conditions of high or shock loading or to prevent scuffing or fretting.


Appearance Dark grey

Visual smooth

Thickener Type Lithium

Base oil type Mineral oil

NLGI Grade 2

Density @ 20ºC ( g/ml ) 0.900

Worked Penetration, @ 25ºC ( 0.1 mm) 265-295

Dropping Point (ºC/ºF) 185/365

Base Oil Viscosity @ 40ºC (mm 2 /s) 150

Rust Test, 48 hrs @ 52ºC (Rating) Pass


GZ Industrial Supplies is the distributor of Castrol Industrial Lubricants in Nigeria. Castrol Alpha SP 220 is a gear oil with high-quality solvent refined mineral oils fortified with sulphur-phosphorus compounds to impart anti-wear extreme pressure properties.


  • ISO Grade 100
  • Density @ 15°C g/ml 880
  • Viscosity @ 40°C cSt 100
  • Viscosity @ 100°C cSt 11.2
  • Flash Point °C 219/427
  • Pour Point °C -24/-11

Castrol BioTac MP Grease 18kg

Grease BioTac MP is an environmentally responsible, multipurpose EP grease based on a combination of Lithium Complex thickener technology, biodegradable base oil, and an optimized performance additive system to impart corrosion protection, oxidation stability, and load-carrying capability.

Chevron Lubricant

Chevron Cetus PAO 46

GZ Industrial Supplies is the distributor and supplier of Chevron Lubricants in Nigeria. Chevron Cetus PAO 46 oils are synthetic air compressor lubricants formulated with high-quality PAO base fluids and a high-performance additive package. Chevron Cetus PAO 46 is formulated to provide excellent lubricating qualities for many air compressors, especially portable and stationary rotary and screw compressors, as well as single-stage, two-stage, and multistage reciprocating compressors.

Customers Benefits of Cetus PAO 46

Cetus PAO 46 oils deliver value through:

  • Exceptional thermal and oxidation stability — Long lubricant life in high-temperature activities.
  • This supports a maximum compressor efficiency and long machinery life and helps in minimizing deposits of a Low carbon-forming tendency.
  • This helps to reduce oil carryover downstream, and less makeup oil will be required. Thus it supports low vitality and an excellent air release tendency.
  • It helps promote long service intervals, thereby minimizing maintenance costs and downtime.

    Total Lubricants

    Total Ceran WR 2 Grease 18Kg

    GZ Industrial Supplies is the distributor and supplier of Total Lubricants in Nigeria. Total Ceran WR 2 Grease is extreme pressure water-resistant high-temperature calcium sulfonate complex grease.


    Soap/thickener Calcium sulfonate

    NLGI grade, ASTM D 217/DIN 51 818 2

    Colour Yellow ochre

    Appearance Smooth

    Operating Temperature (°C) -25 to 180

    Drop Point > 300

    Worked Penetration @ 25°C 265 - 295

    Total Ceran WR 2 Grease 18Kg

    GZ Industrial Supplies is the distributor and supplier of Total Lubricants in Nigeria. Total Ceran WR 2 Grease is extremely water-resistant, high-temperature calcium sulfonate complex grease.

    Sinopec Lubricants

    Sinopec Multipurpose base grease 18L

    GZ Industrial is a Distributor of SINOPEC Lubricants in Nigeria. Our Sinopec Multipurpose Lithium Base Grease 18kg pack is in different pack sizes and has excellent mechanical and oxidation stability; its anti-rust properties enable it to be used under moist and water presence.

    Features Of Our SINOPEC Multipurpose Lithium Base Grease 18Kg

    • Multipurpose with excellent mechanical and oxidation stability
    • Good Water-resistant and anti-rust properties enable its application in equipment under moist and water-present conditions.
    • Free of heavy metals, Nitrate, and other chemicals that harm human's health and pollute the environment

    Recommended Application

    This should be applied to Rolling Bearings, Sliding Bearings, and Other Friction Areas of General Mechanical Equipment. Temperature Range: 20'C to 120'C.

    WD-40 330ml

    WD 40

    GZ Is the supplier and distributor of Abro products in Nigeria. WD-40 is the legendary multipurpose product with thousands of uses in a convenient aerosol spray that can apply for general or precise application. WD-40 lubricates and stops squeaks on hinges, wheels, rollers, chains, gears, etc. WD-40 cleans and protects tools, mechanical equipment, firearms, sporting equipment, etc., from rust and corrosion. WD-40 cleans grease, grime, tar, adhesives, gum, tape, crayon, scuff marks, water deposits, etc. Penetrates and loosens rusted parts and sticky mechanisms such as nuts, bolts, valves, locks, etc. WD-40 drives out moisture to restore wet or flooded equipment such as engines, spark plugs, power tools, etc.

    • Cleans and Protects
    • Stops Squeaks
    • Loosens Rusted Parts
    • Drives Out Moisture


    Industrial lubricants use and application cut across almost if not all industries that depend on different heavy equipment tools and machines for their work operations, such industries include;

    • Automotive Industries
    • Engineering sectors
    • Automation
    • Manufacturing Industries
    • Food Processing Industries
    • Oil and gas factories/Industries
    • Medical Sector


    The Grease Shop Apapa

    To purchase high quality, high-grade lubricant for your machines, equipment, and tools, you can visit any of the different office locations in Nigeria;

    GZ Industrial Supplies Apapa

    10 Apapa Oshodi Expressway, Coconut Bus stop Opposite Total Jetty,

    Apapa, Lagos

    Tel. +234 8181069339, +234 7031515985, +234 8060907072

    Epoxy Oilserv Nigeria Limited

    238 Aba Road, First Artillery Port Harcourt Rivers State

    Tel. +234 8053390164 +234 7085193552

    Tikweld Welding Supplies and Services

    Km 3 Igbo Etche Road, Off Eleme Junction, Rumukwurushi, Port Harcourt Rivers State.

    Tel. +2348071993873, +2348071993874

    GZ Industrial Supplies Lekki

    Suite 10, Olive Plaza by Osapa London Bus Stop,

    Lekki, Lagos

    Tel. +234 8181069339, +234 8053390169 +234 8060907072

    GZ Industrial Supplies Port Harcourt

    238 Aba Road, Onyejieke's Plaza beside Fidelity Bank,

    Rumuogba, Port Harcourt.

    Tel. +234 8181069339, +234 8053390169 +234 8060907072

    GZ Industrial Supplies Calabar

    30/32 Ndidem Usang Iso Road,

    Marian, Calabar.

    Tel. +234 8181069339, +234 8053390169 +234 8060907072

    GZ Industrial Supplies Ogba

    79 Yaya Abatan, by College Road

    Ogba, Lagos

    Tel. +234 8181069339, +234 8053390169 +234 8060907072


    For optimum productivity, performance, and effectiveness of your work operations, proper choice and use of lubricant should be greatly considered, and as different types of lubricants used in different industries are readily available, it might pose a bit of a challenge having to choose the right one needed for work machines and equipment, mostly when carrying it out for the very first time.

    Firstly, based on requirements, one needs to know if industrial oil is needed or industrial grease and make a choice on the one appropriate for the job. As mentioned earlier, grease is perfect for work requiring constant Lubrication to control leaks and noise reduction, while Oils, with their ability to penetrate metal surfaces easily and heat transfer properties, act as both lubricant and as well as a coolant.

    Secondly, the base oil used for the lubricant is also considered, and this solely depends on how regularly the equipment needs Lubrication. Mineral oil is best for this purpose, and if so, must follow instructions from the manufacturer. High-quality synthetic oil is long-lasting and a good choice to be used in severe working conditions such as adverse temperatures and harsh environments.

    Lastly, to achieve the best results, the viscosity of the base oil has to blend with individual needs, and attention needs to be given to the temperature, environment, pressure, load, speed. This is because different oils with different viscosity rates work differently prior to external factors. The type of friction needs to be considered too when choosing a lubricant as well as the operating speed of the equipment.

    The impact of Lubrication on predictive maintenance?

    Industries with a poor lubrication routine are often associated with an increased risk of equipment failure, and there is an appropriate lubricant typology for each mechanism or environment. So apart from the fact that lubrication aid in maintenance, using the wrong grease on installations may lead to wear and tear.

    Even though greases are perfectly suited to predictive maintenance, the right grease should be suggested based on the given bearing type, such as paying attention to the operating temperature and rotational speed.

    Several tests should be carried out on greases to have information on their lifetime at a certain temperature threshold, by so doing optimizing the service life and condition of the bearing. To effectively provide this data, knowledge of the machine, its environment, and its use is paramount.

    Lubricants help to prolong the service life of equipment, reducing the risk of equipment degradation and mechanical failure due to constant use and overworking of the machines. By keeping your machinery well-protected throughout the year, lubricants significantly lower its downtime and even prolong its service life.

    As a company, industry, factory, etc., having your machines and equipment always working effectively without breakdown or any fault due to proper Lubrication and other basic maintenance reduces operational expenses and saves cost, bringing about more growth and increased profit.

    Our approach at GZ Industrial Supplies is to provide the most appropriate solution by analyzing the application and operation of the machine. Contact our experts to plan a necessary maintenance interval.

    The basic advantages of industrial lubricants

    The basic effect of industrial lubricant includes;

    Friction reduction

    Surface separation

    Heat transfer

    Protection against corrosion and rust

    Protection against wear and tear

    Sealant properties

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q1. How do we use multipurpose greases?

    Multi-purpose or multi-functional greases are particularly suitable for the Lubrication of equipment such as Bearings, Axles and articulations, and Pipes (for their protection).

    Q2.List the significant variations between the NLGI 1 and NLGI 2 grease type.

    So what's the difference? Less thickener makes an NLGI 1 grease more tractable and slippery, while NLGI 2 grease is more thickener which makes it stiffer and great for all-purpose applications.

    Q3.Is wd40 a lithium-based grease?

    Heavy-Duty grease is a calcium sulfonate grease that offers a versatile solution for all extreme conditions.

    Q4.Is NLGI 2 grease good for wheel bearings?

    Multipurpose grease is an NLGI No.2 Lithium soap-based grease containing an EP additive together with rust and oxidation inhibitors. This is a general-purpose grease designed to reduce wear and friction in automotive, industrial, and other general applications. However, It is NOT advisable to use multipurpose grease for disc brake wheel bearings or other high-heat applications.

    Q5.How do you choose grease for bearings?

    When selecting a grease, you must consider the application and operating conditions in which the grease will function. Also concentrate on its components, including the base oil type, thickener type, and base oil viscosity.

    Q6.Is synthetic grease better than regular grease?

    In the olden days, one form of oil was being used in wheel-bearing grease. It was petroleum-based oil, commonly known as mineral oil. We now see synthetic oil in more and more wheel-bearing grease formulas. It is not surprising; because it is less expensive.

    o Costs of synthetic grease ingredients haven't increased as fast as mineral oil-based ingredients

    Synthetic oil tenders more benefits than mineral oil

    o Enhanced heat resistance

    o Longer life

    o Minimal friction

    Q7.What is marine-grade grease?

    This is also called lithium-based grease provides superior lubrication and corrosion protection in wet and moist environments. It resists water washout and allows the grease to stay in place in the presence of water while providing rust and corrosion protection.

    Q8.What's the difference between marine grease and regular grease?

    Marine greases are composed of additives that make it(repels water) that is it is hydrophobic, while regular greases, on the other hand, are also hydrophobic but not as good as marine greases.

    Secondly, marine greases are resistant to mixing while regular grease tends to mix more readily with water.

    Q9. What is automotive grease used for?

    Greases can not be underrated as it not only improves the performance of moving parts amongst other benefits, but greases keep intact and lubricate moving surfaces without leaking out under the force of gravity, centrifugal action, or being squeezed out under pressure.

    Q10.Mention the various types of Grease?

    1. General Multi-Purpose Grease or LITHIUM GREASE

    ;LubeMax Multipurpose grease 18kg keg

    2. High-Temperature Multipurpose Grease;Castrol High-Temperature Grease is a high performance, multipurpose lithium complex grease









    Lubrication is a must for every industry with domestic or industrial mechanical equipment, and for the profitability, and growth of that company, all machines and equipment must be up and running at all times to increase effectiveness and productivity in all operations; this is only achieved through proper use of the right lubricant. On a daily basis, industrial equipment and machinery are exposed to various working conditions, which can reduce its efficiency to operate properly, to keep them in check requires proper Lubrication. Different lubricants have outstanding properties specific to a particular need, so it's best to understand and choose the right one for your work operation. Nevertheless, to see your machinery function properly and effectively, choose the correct lubricant that fits well with the type of industry you work in.

    As mentioned above, for more information, visit us at any of our offices nearest to you, or contact us at Gz industrial supplies for the best and quality industrial lubricant.

    Feb 16, 2022 Jennifer Eyo

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