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#1 LouisanaJeeper


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Posted 25 August 2003 - 08:52 PM

I used this stuff called "thread Lock" or "lock-tite" sometimes. It is an adehesive that you put on the threads of bolts before tightening them to prevent them from coming off or losing there tightness under vibrations. I use the heavy duty grade (red).
Anyway, a couple days ago (2 days) I used it on the suspension and I must have gotten it on my white paint. It dried to the consistency of dried super glue.
Tried already (in order):
Zaino QD- nope
Meg's Scratch X- nope
Meg's SMR- got the small spots off, but the large parts of the adhesive still there
Tried the SMR for another couple rounds, but no luck
Turpintine - no

Any other suggestions?
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Posted 25 August 2003 - 09:15 PM

wow, lock-tite is some pretty durable stuff

I think we've used brake fluid to remove it, but since it's on your paint, not so much

have you tried napthelene (sp?)

I'd try more of what's been working.
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Posted 25 August 2003 - 09:20 PM

I've seen methyl alcohol used to soften Locktite on bare metal.
I don't know if would harm your paint.:nixweiss

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Posted 26 August 2003 - 04:58 AM

I have something similar on my paint (at first I thought it was clearcoat problems) and although I don't know what it is, it does have a similar rough feel of dried superglue when I rub my hand across the paint. Have you tried claying it? I've been claying the rough spot on my car and it hasn't completely removed the substance, but it is helping. Just a thought.
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Posted 26 August 2003 - 08:48 AM

They sell super glue remover at Ace or Lowes etc. I have no idea how that will treat your paint so try it in the well known unseen area first. I've used it on my fingers, on pool cue tips/ferrules etc with no damage. I'll bet it'll work.

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Posted 26 August 2003 - 09:14 AM

Acetone is a very effective remover of super glue. You could wipe the spot with it, and since your paint is cured, it shouldn't do any damage. I just wouldn't let it soak for any length of time, instead using multiple light passes till the super glue is dissolved and gone. Rewax the area when done, as it will strip all wax.


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Posted 26 August 2003 - 12:12 PM

Agree with Dave. I have taken super glue off painted surfaces with acetone before. Just do it slowly, like he said and test first.
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Posted 26 August 2003 - 01:37 PM

I agree with the above posts. MEK and acetone will slowly dissolve/remove loctite. May also need to use a plastic razor. Just take your time.

Just a question. Why did you choose to use Red Loctite? Red Loctite is usually used for permanent or long term bonding and a heat gun or propane torch is usually needed to break the bond plus removal/disassembly is done when the parts are hot. Blue or even purple loctite, depending on the bolt or screw size, would seem to be the more appropiate product to use to secure a bolt or nut and would allow future disassembly.
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Posted 26 August 2003 - 02:08 PM

I was using it on the lower control arms (LCA's) which uses a fairely large diameter bolt and is prone to alot of vibration and movement. Plus you dont really want an LCA coming off on the freeway, cause that would be bad. :D

I use the blue stuff on parts like shock mounts and swaybar links.
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