Author Topic: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?  (Read 1468 times)

Offline Stephen Foster

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What is the best product for the lubrication during assembly of Stainless Steel nuts /Bolts , etc please .
Is Loctite suited for the above ? Sounds counter productive ?

Hope Someone can advise please before I start reassembly soon .

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #1 on: 29.05. 2012 20:34 »
Personally I don't think you can beat the good old fashioned copper grease, but I am sure you will get many different opinions.
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #2 on: 29.05. 2012 20:50 »
I bought some stuff from Halfords once that was to prevent galling, to use on stainless spokes it did the job but then set semi solid and made adjustment of spokes very difficult.
I now just use a bit of copper slip as Goldie does, I do believe there is a similar product made from aluminium
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #3 on: 29.05. 2012 21:04 »
Another one is graphite grease, we used loads of it when I was an engineering apprentice and it was one of the apprentices jobs to mix it from a recipe of graphite powder and some type of oil. Now you can get graphite grease anti seize.
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #4 on: 29.05. 2012 21:12 »
 I use a product called Bostik Never.Seez original. Since I got my can some 10 years ago they have added a few more variants.
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #5 on: 29.05. 2012 21:21 »
I had the misfortune to work for some years in a company that made stain steel sewage treatment machinery , what i found was if the male threads on a fastener had any knocks where the metal spreads , when a nut is engaged it will seize. A thread file or v-shaped needle file is great for cleaning the threads up. The female threads are obviously better protected. I second the use of copper grease, cheap and available.     

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #6 on: 29.05. 2012 22:03 »
Hi Steve,

I also use Copperslip and recently removed my A10 engine.  All the nuts and bolts are stainless steel and were treated with copperslip when I put it in the frame over 12 years ago.  It came apart as if it had been built up only weeks previously.

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #7 on: 29.05. 2012 23:44 »
There are lots of different brand anti sieze compounds, it doesnt really matter which one you use. What is important is that you use a anti sieze of some kind. Never ever ever assemble stainless without something on the threads.

For those that make their own stainless parts it helps if you use different grades if you are making something that goes together. As an example if you were making a rear axle assembly where the axle screws into the stub axle make the stub from 304 and the axle from 316. Different grades dont gall or "pick up" as easily.

I make all my own fasteners from stainless and wouldnt use anything else but I had some disasters early on before I learned how to work with the stuff.

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #8 on: 30.05. 2012 10:29 »
Years ago I bought a tube of "Silver Goop" (still have it, you need very little) that was recommended for assy of SS fittings, it worked a treat with no galling when assembling or disassembling..........

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #9 on: 30.05. 2012 12:29 »
Copper slip on the nuts & bolts but have gone to Nickel slip for plugs ( higher temperature ).
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #10 on: 01.06. 2012 14:37 »
Thanks all !
Am I safe in using "Copaslip! for the assorted nuts/bolts , etc & "Loctite" where security is required ?

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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #11 on: 01.06. 2012 21:43 »
Hi Stephen,
Loctite requires grease and oil free threads to work on, use brake cleaner or thinners to clean them,
I have only had a very occasional problem with galling, but when it strikes its a B**tard
I normally use "nutloc" or similar on stainless engine/frame bolts studs, stainless into alloy or steel on the engine/ gearbox etc I lube
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Re: Lubricating Stainless Steel nuts / bolts , etc ?
« Reply #12 on: 02.06. 2012 06:21 »
Thank You John .
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