Loctite Threadlock is an important tool for a solid multirotor build. We use Loctite to secure threaded fasteners to avoid loosening from vibration. Here I will share some information about Thread lock and how to use it.
Where to buy?
- Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Qrl5aV
So What is Loctite Thread Locker?
Loctite thread-lock is often used on motor screws in a quadcopter build. It helps prevent screws from loosening over time due to vibration. When it’s cured the screw or nut will become much harder to remove.
Loctite isn’t like normal glue, It feels more like oil or paint. It can take hours to dry and cure after applying.
How to use Loctite?
You only need to put a tiny drop at the end of the screw, on the thread, before fastening. Don’t use too much or you might have a hard time removing that screw later, and using too little will lack the desired strength.
Loctite glue should be applied at the tip of the screw, this assures full and even coverage over the length of the thread during installation. For best result and full strength, it’s best to remove the bolt or nut and clean all the contact surfaces before applying Loctite glue.
Note that thread locker only works on all metals, such as steel and aluminium, but not on non-metal such as plastic or nylon.
Cheap and Last Forever!
I have been using this small bottle of the Thread Locker TL242 for about 4 years now, I am getting great results and there is still about half of a bottle left.
Did I mention the bottle only costed me $1? It’s truly a must-have tool when building a quadcopter!
The ones we use are usually blue liquid, don’t get the red ones because they are for permanent use and extremely difficult to remove!
Removing Loctite screws
To make it easier to remove, you can heat up the screw first.
DON’T use on propeller nuts/shaft
Thread locker has chemicals in it which will affect the plastic of the prop hub and cause it to weaken / crack. So don’t apply thread locker on prop nuts or the shaft threads. If you wish to secure the prop properly, use Nyloc nuts to prevent the props coming loose.
Different Types of Loctite and Applications
- Apr 2015 – Article Created
- Jan 2018 – Updated with purchase link