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HelicopterBeginners Corner › how do you remove dried blue threadlock from threads?
12-30-2009 04:58 PM  7 years agoPost 21
Rick_H

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I use a small lighter/torch, and burn it off the threads, then a quick once over with a wire brush. Quick, easy and works great, Just remember to let it cool down before using.

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12-30-2009 09:58 PM  7 years agoPost 22
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Must not be looking very hard. My LHS has em so does Sears
No everyone has a real LHS, and the Sears in Panama City doesn't have a single die, metric or otherwise.

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01-06-2010 02:59 AM  7 years agoPost 23
asm

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I use all three methods. Die, acetone or not cleaning at all.

Die when I have long screw. This is because die can't clean all the way to the shoulder of the screw. Acetone for short screws. If I get lazy, just add more threadlock with out cleaning.

Some have mention here, and it is true, a screw with too much dry up threadlock may eventually strip the thread in the hole. Especially aluminum part on our heli.

For those that can't find die, try Harbor Freight local store or online store. Not the best quality die, but it works.

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01-06-2010 01:46 PM  7 years agoPost 24
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01-08-2010 11:00 AM  7 years agoPost 25
wzak29

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Use blue threadlock, it will melt the old threadlock, and then you can just wipe it clean.

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01-08-2010 03:52 PM  7 years agoPost 26
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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So new threadlock will dissolve old threadlock? That interesting. I've never tried that.

I use a razor blade to carefully clean the threads on the bolt. Then I soak the bold in acetone to remove any grease or oil. Cleaning out the nut is harder. I use a rolled up paper towel soaked in acetone or a toothpick. I've heard stores of old threadlock becoming impacted inside a engine head and causing a crack in the metal when the bolt was inserted.

As for finding anything metric, be it metric taps, metric dies, or even just metric drill bits, none of the local places near Dallas carry them that I have found. Since every heli I have uses exclusively metric hardware, it would make sense to order a nice set of metric taps, dies, and drill bits for occasions like this.

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01-08-2010 06:44 PM  7 years agoPost 27
rotormonkey

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Just throwing it out there, but another good reason to clean your bolts is that the nitro oil gets into EVERYTHING. Every once in a while, I pull a bolt that has oil soaked loctite on it. Adding more to those ones is pointless unless you clean it first.

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01-09-2010 08:06 PM  7 years agoPost 28
Thumpernator

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Taps and Dies

Just don't go cheap when it comes to T&d's. Buy a name brand and you won't be sorry.

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01-12-2010 12:31 AM  7 years agoPost 29
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