If you have ever taken off a set of scope rings or bases where the threads of the screws had been treated with Locktite, you know the frustration of buggered up screw heads from fighting the screws all the way out! Or, how about the grip-frame screws on a single action revolver that have been Locktite treated, a sure recipe for marred screw heads. A solution to this dilemma, and still keep the screws from working loose?
Instead of Locktite on the threads, use just a single drop of clear fingernail polish. It will positively keep the screw from coming loose, but may be broken loose with moderate torque on a screwdriver. The difference being, when the fingernail polish is broken loose, the screw will come out freely, where the Locktite will keep it bound-up all the way out! Seldom do you mar a screw head on a fastener treated with clear fingernail polish!
This additional hint was submitted by Greg on 02/09/2001
Another good replacement for Loctite is Linseed Oil. It works great, yet it isn't too strong.
Many of us have quarts of this stuff laying around from woodworking and yet we run out to buy small tubes of Loctite.
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