First thing we need to understand is the fact that the words mean a world of difference these days due to the fact that people are wanting something that is not a hazard to their health but is also more effective than the stuff that would be hazardous. No one today wants a product that is safe but a step back. Nor should anyone accept that kind of thing these days with the advancements in almost every field of technology today.
When talking about oils, nowadays it specifically represents a petroleum product. Oil in general is what people call that dark stuff that we drill for, so we can process it and run our engines off of it. When I think of oil, I also think of that terrible smelling stuff I was issued when I was in. It stank to high heaven and I swear I would get light headed every time I was around it in good quantity. The thing about oils is the fact that they are indeed petroleum based, which means they vape off over time and they are very purified and processed like gasoline. There is only so much that you can add to petroleum products to help it work and last longer. Heat typically also helps the oils vape off faster.
Synthetic lubricants on the other hand are engineered to do their job from the ground up. 90% of the time, these products are chemically engineered until it does what it is supposed to do as best as possible. But then the thing that presents a challenge is making it widely affordable. Some lubricants are designed to cling to metal surfaces as best as possible, but can only lubricate so well due to the necessity of finding a group of chemicals or molecules that will work together without separating. In this case a lot of manufacturers have to make different types of lubricants that serve different purposes. I am not chemical engineer, but I understand the basic concept of needing these chemicals and molecular clusters to work together under all conditions. Think about that for a moment.
I think the hardest product to make is a CLP. This basically means that you have a product that can penetrate under almost any surface, lubricate almost any surface, and stick to the metal surfaces while resisting the harsh environments without becoming ineffective from the conditions. This is my favorite kind of lubricating agent to use. I value the ability to have one thing to do it all. Though some would say that there is compromise in the effectiveness of the product in certain fields. I would say that 2/3 of the products functions work just as well as the ones that are designated for that specific purpose. The only thing that separates the boys from the men in the CLP world is the CLPs ability to clean. The primary thing I have noticed is that in order to clean effectively, the product needs to be a top notch conditioner that has a love affair with the metal it is clinging to. Slip2000 is the only product I have ever seen to work well all across the board. Anyone that has been following my channel knows my relationship with that product is well earned. Those of you who have used it will be able to attest to its performance.
Anyways, I just wanted to talk to you all about the difference between the two types of products. Just remember that oils are oil based, while lubricants are full synthetic with no distillates.