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Tips to avoid stripping bolts

Postby mattwilkinson » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:49 pm

So I just purchased an old roadie off ebay. Picking it up thursday, Its going to be my first ever 'project'

Going to spray it matte black, But I have to strip it down.

I have had a fair share of stripped bolts. But easy repairs (disc rotor bolts)
Now, I believe that some of the bolts are going to be very stiff as it hasn't been touched in years,

Do you have any tips to avoid stripping things?
I have bought a butane torch off DealExtreme so I could probably use that if it arrives anytime soon.

What about using Inox or WD-40 or something?

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by BNA » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:41 pm


Re: Tips to avoid stripping bolts

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:41 pm

Go the chemical option first. Spray, leave it to marinade for an hour or so, spray again. Try the bolt. It sometimes helps to tighten the bolt a fraction before trying to loosen off.
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Re: Tips to avoid stripping bolts

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:12 am

Or give it a good crack with a heavy soft hammer first... preferably on to the socket instead of the bolt itself.
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