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Rislone - A New Beginning
The Mermuys family announced its purchase of the Shaler Company and
Rislone name brand in May of 2006. The goal was to maintain the
integrity of the original Rislone formula while updating the overall
look of the products you see in stores today.
Rislone Engine Treatment still provides penetrating lubrication and
contains a proprietary additive package to remove sludge and prevent
harmful engine deposits from forming. Additionally, wear protection and
improved engine cleanliness can be expected. The inclusion of SJ
additive package helps ensure compatibility with manufacturers new
vehicle warranty. Rislone is fully compatible with all petroleum-based
and synthetic motor oils.
As the Rislone name brand enters its 88th year of business, the product
line includes Rislone Ring Seal, Rislone Premium Quality 2-Cycle Engine
Oil, Rislone Compression Repair with Ring Seal, and our newest product
for 2009 is the Rislone Fuel Injection Cleaner a fuel additive that is
specially designed to lubricate the upper cylinder of an engine and
offers full time lubrication of your fuel system that reduces friction,
wear and excess heat.
|Famous Users of Rislone
Throughout its impressive history Rislone has provided enhanced engine
performance in a wide variety of applications.
Nationally known users of Rislone throughout the years include: The U.S.
Navy, U.S. Marine Corps. and other branches of the United States
Government; Allis-Chalmers; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific
Railroad Co.; International Harvester; Minnesota Mining and
Manufacturing Co.; DeHaviland Aircraft; Ford Motor Co.; the Oshkosh
Motor Truck Company; and numerous Checker Cab fleets.
Perhaps the most famous user of Rislone was Admiral Richard Byrd during
his expedition to the South Pole. A letter sent from the expedition's
supply officer to the Rislone distributor, along with an unused can from
the trip, states that,"… as our expedition was the first in the history
of Antarctic exploration to use, successfully, completely mechanized
transport - which consisted of three Citroen tractors, a Cletrac 30-40
and two Ford snowmobiles - Shaler should be proud to be an undoubted
factor in making for this success."
History of Rislone
Founded in 1921 by the Shaler Company, Rislone was one of
the original automotive chemical additives. The machining tolerances for
early automobiles were not what they are today. Subsequently, one of
the major problems was improper piston ring seating. Engines often had
to be torn down every 2,000 to 3,000 miles and re-ringed.
Image: Shaler Delivery Truck
|Rislone was originally sold in glass bottles through
service stations along with Shaler Hot Patches, a vulcanizing system for
tyre repair. In the 1930s, Shaler built product awareness by combining
showmanship and salesmanship with the Shaler Traveling Circus.
Along with the engine performance benefits, Rislone was
instrumental in coining one of the most common phrases in automotive
vernacular: the Tune-Up. In the late 1930s, Shaler developed a training
system for mechanics called the Shaler Rislone Tune-Up System. The
benefits of a Tune-Up to both customer and service provider were
Image: Original Rislone Ad, which led to the coining of the term "Tune-Up
By enhancing a regular oil change with the addition of
Rislone and Karbout, a Shaler product for cleaning carburetors, the
mechanic was able to guarantee the customer "Feelable Improvement" in
the car's performance. Locations that followed the system were
designated as "Authorized Tune-Up Service Stations."
During the 1940s and 50s, Rislone was offering a
"Money-Back Guarantee of Smooth-Driving Satisfaction." Advertisements
in publications such as Life and The Saturday Evening Post challenged
drivers to add Rislone during an oil change, and then drive 10 miles.
If the beneficial effects of the additive were not felt within 10
miles, they could return to the dealer for a full refund. Of the more
than 20 million guarantee cards issued with the purchase of Rislone,
fewer than one half of one percent were returned for a refund.