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Old October 4th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #1
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Default How long does it take Loctite to dry?

I have medium (blue threadlocker) Loctite (Permatex brand). How long do you think it takes to dry and work?
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Old October 4th, 2008, 04:01 AM   #2
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I have medium (blue threadlocker) Loctite (Permatex brand). How long do you think it takes to dry and work?

Actually, Loctite doesn't dry, it cures in the absense of air. Unless used on stainless steel, it will cure in minutes after you assemble the parts. Any excess on the outside, exposed to air will not cure. So just because the dribble on the outside is wet, does not mean the stuff isn't cured where it counts.

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Old October 4th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. My afternoon skate will go well then.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 05:23 AM   #4
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an often overlooked fact is that loctite has a shelf life once opened. So if you have an old tube, it may not develop the strength you are expecting.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 03:42 PM   #5
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It takes less than an hour to dry, but a full day to cure. Let it sit for a full day before you screw back in.
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Old October 5th, 2008, 07:48 PM   #6
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Loctite is anaerobic glue (so called glue, it is not glue at all), it means that it cures in non oxygen environment. When you lock the screw ,the thread teeth are tight together and there is no air between, than it "cures", takes about hour
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A little trick I learned from a teammate: Put the Loc-Tite on the bolts and place them on a baking pan. Put them in the oven at a reasonably low temperature (120F or so) for 15 minutes or until you see the Loc-Tite becoming more solid. When it gets pretty dense and not so liquid-like, screw 'em in. It's always worked immediately for me. They've never come loose on me, either (and I do tighten the ever living piss out of them!).
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Old October 7th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #8
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Nice tip! Thanks.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #9
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Note to all.
Loctite might make you feel more comfortable with frame bolts staying in, but if you are using it on wheel bolts, then you are not tightening you wheels enough. If tightening causes the wheel not to spin well, then you have a spacer problem or you didn't seat the bearing in good enough.

So if you loosen the bolt and rely on Loctite, chances are you will loose a wheel and go splat!

Learn how to seat your bearings.
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