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gameswat
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Unseizing rusted nuts and bolts

Postby gameswat » Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:16 am

Copied from Re: Wonders Wonder Win - Site Admin.

I'd suggest buying a bottle of good quality penetrating oil and soaking every nut & bolt possible, once or twice a week. A light tap with a plastic headed mallet to the nuts also helps. And heat really helps. But of course this can be an issue when they are close to wood. Then it can work to use a large headed old soldering iron, the kind for tinsmithing or leaded windows etc. This way you can locate the heat source on the end of a bolt and it will quickly expand the parts and help break the rust hold. More penetrating oil and then hopefully the pieces come apart! I've saved some horrendous looking threads this way over the years.

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