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03-16-2003 08:06 AM  14 years agoPost 1
willie evans

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over one year old.

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03-16-2003 08:13 AM  14 years agoPost 2
FinnDave

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I am using a bottle of 243 (blue) loctite I bought about 3 years ago and it still works fine. Not sure how long it takes to really set, I usually leave stuff overnight before using it.

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-16-2003 10:08 AM  14 years agoPost 3
Airman98

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Im using some blue that is 4-5 years old and it works great. As CN says shake before using. If you need more holding power us the red.
Tim

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03-16-2003 11:37 AM  14 years agoPost 4
Optech

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CLEAN your bolts and other parts if possible before use !!!

New bolts sometimes have oil or other gunk (the brown stuff on Min Air bolts???) on them that will not let the locktite work properly. The same with parts. Usually the holes will have residue tap oil in them that will not let the loctite bond properly.

I use fresh denatured alcohol or carb cleaner (very liberally) if they're really bad when indoors, or acetone when outside. When bonding bearings to shafts use actone or the like to clean the shafts and inner bearing bores. Use liberally saturated Q-tips for the bearings and be careful not to get any solvent into the bearing itself or it will breakdown the oil/grease in it.

Ohhhhh!
And avoid the temptation to lick your fingers afterwards. That blue locktite is pretty sweet tasting stuff but it can't be good for you.

Mike

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03-16-2003 04:44 PM  14 years agoPost 5
Dr.Ben

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Ya know, I HATE degreasing screws and the like, especially a LOT of them on a new model.

I was talking to Bruce Bennett a few months ago, and he suggested a nifty idea for prepping more than just a few screws for building.

I place the pile in a fine strainer (stainless) and sink it in a pot of boiling water and regular, not lemon, Cascade detergent for about 10 minutes. Dissolve the Cascade first. Rinse thoroughly and dry when complete. The parts are VERY, VERY clean when done. No further prep work is needed. Easier on the fingers than the manual method, especially on a new model with a whole bag of screws to do.

FWIW,

Ben MInor

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03-16-2003 05:56 PM  14 years agoPost 6
Sillyness

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Loctite dries quickly in the abscence of air. It takes FOREVER if exposed to air. Kind of opposite, eh? It's a derivative of super glue.

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03-16-2003 06:16 PM  14 years agoPost 7
FinnDave

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I just chuck all the bolts into a glass jar with an inch or two of acetone in it, and leave them there a while. They are pretty clean when they come out and it is no work. I clean the internal threads with a pipe-cleaner dipped in acetone.

David S., Kouvola, Finland

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03-16-2003 11:35 PM  14 years agoPost 8
Gary Jenkins

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You cann't tell the strength by the color. Loctite has different strenghts with the same color and different manufactures use different colors.

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03-18-2003 05:36 AM  14 years agoPost 9
willie evans

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