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Old May 15, 2009, 05:32 AM   #1
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Removing/cleaning dried blue loctite

Anyone know how to remove 242 (blue) threadlock that has dried up on the surface of metal, anything powerful enough to dissolve it quickly?
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Old May 15, 2009, 05:37 AM   #2
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I have heard hot soapy water

Be careful you dont use anything that will remove the blueing (as you are probably aware) Tyr hot soapy water & your fingernail.... try to push/lift it off. Is it in blobs/beads.... or smeared really thin (or in the exposed threads)?

If you try any solvents or chemicals (gasolene?) put a test drop with a cotton tip on the blue (somewhere where it wont be seen if it marks) before commiting to an area that will wreck the look of the gun.
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Old May 15, 2009, 08:12 AM   #3
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I haven't worked with LocTite, but acetone will dissolve cured epoxy, it may work. Here again I haven't used acetone on firearms so testing in regard to bluing may be necessary. It's the active ingredient in fingernail polish remover.
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Old May 15, 2009, 11:02 AM   #4
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Mineral spirits will remove blue LocTite. It just lifts it off the metal in a few seconds of rubbing. I always wipe parts and screws with mineral spirits followed by alcohol before reapplying LocTite.
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Old May 15, 2009, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll try a can of mineral spirits Scorch.
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