Liquid threadlockers are anaerobic adhesives used on metal fasteners. The liquid cures to solid plastic in the absence of air. If you leave a puddle of threadlocker exposed to the air it will never harden. If you remove all the air, such as between two parts, the liquid will solidify. The presence of active metal such as copper or steel will speed the cure, while inactive metals such as stainless steel or cadmium plating cure slowly and may need to be primed. Loctite 7649 Primer N is a copper-filled spray that is applied to inactive surfaces to ensure cure, speed the cure, and cure to greater depths.
Threadlockers are formulated for different removal strengths: 222, or purple, is low strength designed for use on small fasteners that allow disassembly with a screwdriver; 242, 243, and 248 are blue, medium strength and can be removed with handtools; 262, 271, and 268 are red and considered permanent, designed to withstand tremendous removal forces; 220 low strength and 290 medium strength are wicking types designed for post-assembly application; and 272 is a high-temperature permanent version that withstands temperatures up to 450 degrees. By comparison, most other grades of threadlockers withstand temperatures of 300 degrees.
OEM's have used threadlockers for years. They are dependable, provide predictable removal, and are easy to use. Understanding the properties of your fastener is the first step in achieving maximum performance. Utilizing a liquid threadlocker takes it to the next level through maximum reliability. In most instances, these gas-, oil-, and chemical-resistant threadlockers are well worth the few cents it costs per application.
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