View Full Version : Removing sight with loctite?

April 7, 2008, 02:01 PM
How do I remove a pistol sight with loctite underneath it?
Sight pusher? I've tried hammer and a punch, but it wouldn't budge.
Thank you for your help

April 7, 2008, 07:50 PM
Depends on the Loctite. If it is the red stuff (Loctite 271), it is meant to be permanent and you have to heat it with a propane torch to soften it before apply force for removal.

April 7, 2008, 09:04 PM
It looks blue but im not sure.
Will torching it damage the sight or the gun finish?
Thanks for your help!
take care

James K
April 7, 2008, 10:09 PM
Depends on the gun and the sight. You can use Brownell's heat control paste to preserve bluing, but I wouldn't guarantee no damage to a plastic sight.


April 8, 2008, 12:07 AM
I always locktight the grip screws on my 1911's among many other things gun and non-gun related.

An electric sodiering iron is your friend here for removal, use it to apply moderate heat directly to the part of intrest, never had a problem with the finish on parts, but then I am only applying it to screws. While it may not get things as hot as propane, a slightly longer time at temp should make it all equal unless we are talking about fasteners you need an impact gun to turn.

April 8, 2008, 08:21 AM
A heat gun is good enough to soften loctite and will do far less damage to the finish.

April 8, 2008, 09:47 AM
This loctite is getting on my nerves.
The parts involved are a novak rear sight and a stainless type finish on a S&W 1066.
Would it be better to have a gunsmith do this, I really don't want to do any damage incase of resale.
Thanks guys, I appreciate it!!
Take care

April 9, 2008, 08:45 AM
If you had a good, heavy-duty sight pusher, you probably wouldn't need any heat.

April 9, 2008, 06:38 PM
Thanks Alley.
Does anyone know of a fair priced universal model?

April 10, 2008, 08:07 AM
This device gets great reviews. It's pretty easy to qualify for Brownell's Trade Discount, and the Trade Discount price is $104.


April 11, 2008, 06:56 AM

April 11, 2008, 06:43 PM
Since it is the blue stuff, it should not require heat, but a bit will help. Even a hair dryer will assist with that stuff. Are you pushing the rear site off left to right?

April 13, 2008, 07:18 AM
A solder gun should melt either blue or red loc-tite real quick.

April 15, 2008, 07:29 PM
Yes, left to right.
Thanks guys, I appreciate your time and help!
Take care