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Old 06-02-2021, 09:03 AM
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What is the “putty” called that I see people putting on their bolts to check for movement later during an inspection?
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:05 AM
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What is the “putty” called that I see people putting on their bolts to check for movement later during an inspection?
Torque seal
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:07 AM
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Don't forget, Torque Seal will lie to you ... it isn't a guarantee that the proper torque has been applied, only that the assembly hasn't moved ...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...torqueseal.php
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:10 AM
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Got mine on Amazon pretty cheap.
Also, snagged old bottles of nail polish from the grand girls.
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:10 AM
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I got mine from Grainger; the local warehouse has it in stock in all the woke colors.

I tried nail polish; it didn't work, and my girls were upset, so two strikes on that idea. The proper stuff is thick and allows for bridging the gap so that any movement will break the continuous bead. Best to use the proper stuff.
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:34 AM
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Remember, the ONLY thing torque seal tells you is that it was applied; there have been numerous occasions where torque seal was applied to finger tight fasteners, NEVER to be checked again because, well, there’s torque seal applied...
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Old 06-02-2021, 09:39 AM
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Like you, I didn't quite know what it was when I started. I tried both nail polish and Testors model paint. I found that both ran a little when applied. The point is to be able to tell that a nut or bolt has loosened and rotated and the color no longer lines up. Well, runny paint that covers half the nut isn't a clear indication.

Proper torque seal, which my hangar neighbor recommended I use, is pretty cheap on Amazon. A few bucks for toothpaste-like tubes that will last you your whole build. And they come in various colors so you can have high contrast with background colors. They have a waxy consistency so they leave a thick line when applied and dried. If the item rotates even a few degrees, the break will be obvious.

Apply when finished - not on something that you will be tightening and removing 6 times (which is about 90% of the bolts). I've had to toss a few nuts that got gunked up with seal and didn't work well in a box wrench or socket.
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:42 AM
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To be fair, to me, I only used the nail polish a few times. I let it get thick to the consistency of torque seal. No runs, no drips, no errors. Fasteners where it was used are still marked as they were. Looks just like torque seal. Faateners removed with it behave just like the real stuff. It breaks at he fastener. I stopped using it because I found a deal on the real stuff and bought a bunch. The thick nail polish is only good for a short time before it turns hard. That said, please disregard my recommendation for nail polish.

I never reuse a locking nut of any kind. If it gets removed, it goes in the trash. Yes, costs a little but I sleep better.

My opinion. Absolutely worth less than $.02 but there it is.
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Old 06-02-2021, 02:33 PM
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This RV-10 had 550 hrs. and 8 condition inspections.
https://i.postimg.cc/Yqx74MSX/20210105-111220-1.jpg
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Old 06-02-2021, 03:57 PM
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This RV-10 had 550 hrs. and 8 condition inspections.
https://i.postimg.cc/Yqx74MSX/20210105-111220-1.jpg
That is important. Thanks for sharing.

Also for the OP, torque seal is supposed to be applied from tip of the bolt down to the surface of the part.
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