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How And When To Use ThreadLocker?

What Is Threadlocker and Why Do I Need It?

threadlocker solution

Threadlocker is a solution used to seal (lock) fastener assemblies together to prevent accidental loosening of fasteners over time. To use threadlocker with fasteners, a small amount of the adhesive should be placed on the threading of a bolt where the nut is going to rest prior to installation. Once dry, the adhesive forms a bond that will hold the fastener assembly in place even when exposed to constant vibrations.

Threadlocker solutions are designed to become solid with little air exposure. This means that even between the threading of the fastener that solution will dry. Threadlocker solution can also protect the fastener and extend its life where covering the metal.



Choosing The Correct Threadlocker

Threadlocker is an excellent tool for creating a strong hold on fasteners but there are factors that need to be taken into consideration before application. Listed below are the things you need to know before buying and applying threadlocker solution to your fasteners:

  1. Hold Strength – Some solutions can create a minor hold while others can create a very strong (and difficult to remove) hold. It is important to know if you will need to remove the fastener again before installing.
  2. Conditions That Effect Performance – The biggest condition that matters to threadlocker solution is temperature. Be sure if you are in a high heat environment you are using a solution that can handle those temperatures.
  3. Vibration – Intense vibrations can result in the loosening of fastener assemblies even with solution on them if they do not have enough hold strength.
  4. Contact With Chemicals – Harsh chemicals may have a degrading effect on the solution. If the threadlocker is going to be exposed to chemicals, make sure to choose a solution rated for those chemicals.

Do I Need Threadlocker?

By far, the best reason to use a threadlocker solution is to prevent the accidental back off of fastener assemblies due to vibration. While not necessary in all applications, solutions can also be used any time a nut and bolt are placed together. We suggest using a threadlocker solution any time an assembly is going to be under strain or vibration that may result in unintended back-off or in situations where the assembly is not going to be checked for long periods of time.

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5 Stainless Steel Facts You Need To Know Before Buying Fasteners

5 Stainless Steel Facts About Fasteners You Should Know

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Stainless steel is a highly used metal and prized for its corrosion resistance. Did you know that stainless steel actually can corrode? It’s not even that hard to make it happen. Before you buy your fasteners here are five stainless steel facts you need to know before buying fasteners.

1. Stainless Steel Is A Soft Metal (Sort Of)

Stainless steel is considered a soft metal meaning it is not great for many high load applications that require intense strength. However, certain grades are hardened to create a stronger version. It may effect the corrosion resistance of the fastener however. A classic example of this is Grade 410 Stainless Steel.

2. Stainless Steel Can Still Corrode

Stainless steel is prized for its corrosion resistance. Beyond that many don’t know anything about it. Stainless steel comes in many different grades, 304, 305 and 316 are just a few examples and each come with their own benefits. If you are within 20 miles of the beach for example, you need to make sure you use 316 stainless steel.

3. Stainless Steel Is Not Non-Magnetic

It is important to know that stainless steel is not fully non-magnetic. In situations where the non-magnetic quality of a material is critical, stainless steel is not a recommended choice.

4. Stainless Steel Has An Invisible Self Repairing Outer Layer

Stainless metals form an invisible oxide coating that protects it from external factors. This is the main reason stainless steel is so resistant to corrosion. As long as the material is in an oxygen rich environment, even if the metal is damaged removing the oxide layer, it will reform and protect the metal again.

5. Stainless Steel Reacts Negatively With Aluminum

Stainless Steel and Aluminum are two separate kinds of metal. One is positively charged (anode) and one is negatively charged (cathode). As these metals are connected and an electrolyte is introduced, such as saltwater, a transfer of electrons occurs which will ruin the integrity of the materials resulting in galvanic corrosion. To avoid these situations either use some sort of in-between like a rubber material or simply do not use them together (recommended).

Working With Stainless Steel

Ultimately stainless steel can be a bit more complicated than you thought. Stainless steel fasteners are still an excellent choice for many situations. Just take these 5 things into consideration when buying your fasteners to help you choose the appropriate material and grade.



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