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KNOWLEDGE — INNOVATION — SOLUTIONS
INSTANT ADHESIVES (CYANOACRYLATES)
INSTANT ADHESIVES (CYANOACRYLATES)

Strong, fast, and durable instant adhesives for multiple purposes.

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HOT MELT ADHESIVES
HOT MELT ADHESIVES

Fast, cost-effective, versatile, and reliable hot-melt adhesive bonds.

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UV CURING ADHESIVES
UV CURING ADHESIVES

Light-cured adhesives for strength and longer lifetimes.

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STRUCTURAL EPOXY AND INDUSTRIAL ADHESIVE
STRUCTURAL EPOXY AND INDUSTRIAL ADHESIVE

Maximum Tensile and Shear Strength in non-solvent and solvent-based technologies.

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EPOXIES, ELECTRICAL POTTING COMPOUND
EPOXIES, ELECTRICAL POTTING COMPOUND

UL approved products in a variety of ratios and viscosities.

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SEALANTS, ANAEROBIC THREADLOCKER, RETAINING COMPOUNDS
SEALANTS, ANAEROBIC THREADLOCKER, RETAINING COMPOUNDS

Tough, Resilient, Flexible, High temperature resistant, MIL-spec and ASTM specifications available.

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DISPENSING EQUIPMENT
DISPENSING EQUIPMENT

Soft-squeeze bottles, UV Curing equipment, robots and semi-automatic adhesive dispensing systems.

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2020-05-27
A Complete Guide to Threadlockers

A Complete Guide to Threadlockers

When it comes to construction, DIY, or crafting projects, there is a great variety of adhesive products out there to choose from. Threadlockers are one of the more popular products, being relatively easy to use and packaged compactly. With that said, there is still a lot of misuse out there as people tend to wrongly assume that any one adhesive is interchangeable with any other kind of adhesive product. In fact, adhesives are manufactured to fulfill very specific requirements, hence the variety of products.

 

In today’s blog, we will go over everything from how to choose the best threadlocker, to which usages apply best.

 

When to Use

 

First, it is important to establish when to use certain products. Threadlockers were invented specifically to fortify assemblies of smaller hardware and components. These include fasteners, to ensure that vibrations, shocks, and other vigorous movements or contact do not end up dislodging the parts of the fastener assembly. They can also be used to strengthen and maintain the fastening between a nut and a bolt.

 

Any time an assembly of smaller components requires additional fortification and support, that’s when this product will come in handy. It is important for you to understand the materials you are working with well, because only you will be able to tell if any assembly is going to be under particular strain, or bearing a load that is heavier than it normally does.

 

How to Choose

 

Now that you know when a threadlocker is required, you will need to know how to choose the best product for your needs. Each threadlocking product comes with its own specifications and capabilities. Considering this product’s functions, it is obvious that the most important quality during selection is strength.

 

The easiest way to tell a product’s strength is by the colour of the bottle. Typically, threadlockers will come in purple, blue, and red grades, each representing low, medium, and high strength respectively. The strength of the fluid not only corresponds to its holding power but also its ability to withstand temperature. If you are going to be working with the product in harsher, hotter environments, make sure you choose the product that has the right strength for that.

 

Finally, choose the product that is rated for the specific chemicals that it is going to be exposed to. If you use a product that is not compatible, it will degrade easily upon contact with harsh chemicals. Do cover your bases before selecting a product by determining whether the product will be exposed to chemicals, the kind of temperature it will be exposed to, and how much load the fastener assemblies will be subject to.

 

How to Use

 

Threadlocking products need to be exposed to as little air as possible in order to cure faster. They will only be fully effective when completely dry, so try to avoid working in humid environments as much as possible and keep your fastening pieces away from moisture or spillages.

 

With threadlockers, a little goes a long way. Place a small amount of the product on the threading of a bolt, right where you think the nut is going to fit. Then, insert the nut, and wait for the solution to cure. Once it is dry, the bond formed will keep your assembly secure, allowing it to withstand a greater amount of force, vibrations, and other kinds of degradations.

 

Considering the strength of the bond formed, you can also use the product to protect the material of your components. A simple, thin covering will be able to shield the material from the effects of moisture, sunlight, and other environmental forces.

 

Now that you know all you need to know about these adhesives, you can get in touch with Invertech Canada to get your hands on the highest quality products. Call us today to speak to a sales representative!


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