Naphthenic Base Oil

Solvency and Performance

Naphthenic base oils, like our MaxNap® brand products, have unique characteristics that make them well suited for use in specialized applications and environments. Also known as pale oil, naphthenic base oils contain much less wax than a comparable paraffinic base oil, which gives them much better low-temperature pour points in addition to higher solvency performance.

Traditionally used in products like metalworking fluids and transformer oils, naphthenic base oils are finding their way into new, high-performance applications and formulations every day.

Naphthenic Base Oil Products


MaxNap naphthenic base oils offer high solvency, low pour points, and good color characteristics that are perfect for a wide range of applications including metalworking fluids, grease, adhesives, printing inks, and transformer oils.

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Naphthenic Base Oil Properties

  • High solvency
  • Low pour points
  • Low paraffin (wax) content
  • Good color

Naphthenic Base Oil Applications

  • Metalworking fluids
  • Industrial lubricants
  • Transformer oil
  • Lubricants base oil
  • Process oil
  • Hydraulic fluids
  • Pump oil
  • Paint and coatings
  • Insecticides

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