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    Loctite Form-a-Thread

    so i borrowed some form-a-thread. don't ask why. it's missing the release agent, the blue goo that goes on the bolt so that the form-a-thread doesn't stick to the bolt. loctite says it's a silicone emulsion release agent.

    anyone know of a good substitute?

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    i can haz new threads!

    nice! i have some of this, that i use to lube my stanchions and rear shock:


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    haha, that didn't work at all. maybe i had let the bolt sit for too long after spraying it well with the silicone lube but it got stuck in the form-a-thread and i wound up having to grind it off.

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    You used a silicone lubricant not a dry film release spray, they are completely different animals.
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    egad, i saw the silicone lube in the second picture and bit. didn't see the "dry release" part with the hook in my mouth. atleast i know now that one must have a proper release agent to use form-a-thread!

    dan savage says too much dry release will wreck your weiner, making wet release more difficult to achieve.

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    Dry silicone spray adheres to the substrate by polar attraction and hence is very difficult to remove especially from metal. Silicone lubricants are suspended in a dispersant which dilutes and prevents polar attachment to some degree not to mention is likely dissolved by your epoxy binder chemicals.

    Lesson learned, you can use heat to remove a bolt imbedded in the epoxy as it will break down at temps over 300F. For a bike component I would use a heat gun to prevent damage from a flame.
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    Butting in here: How strong is this stuff? Could it be used on partially stripped crank extracting threads?

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    Unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4JawChuck
    Dry silicone spray adheres to the substrate by polar attraction and hence is very difficult to remove especially from metal. Silicone lubricants are suspended in a dispersant which dilutes and prevents polar attachment to some degree not to mention is likely dissolved by your epoxy binder chemicals.

    Lesson learned, you can use heat to remove a bolt imbedded in the epoxy as it will break down at temps over 300F. For a bike component I would use a heat gun to prevent damage from a flame.
    ahhh, meh. thanks for the info.

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