Can I apply a new coat of VC-3 on top of a previously removed fastener with VC-3?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:13:02+00:00Yes. The solvent in VC-3 will re-liquify and adhere to the existing material on the fastener. After drying for 10-30 minutes the fastener is once again ready for use.
Can I have a material custom formulated to meet certain specifications?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:33:30+00:00Yes. Because we have our own R&D and Chemical blending divisions we are able to formulate products to your specific needs as long as the volumes meet our requirements. Please contact our Vibra-Tite sales team to discuss the program.
Can the drying time of VC-3 be decreased?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:13:02+00:00Increased air flow will help to decrease drying time. We do not recommend the use of a heat source as the solvent in VC-3 (MEK) is flammable.
Does VC-3 outgas?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:13:02+00:00Vibra-Tite VC-3 passes NASA spec sp-r-0022a for outgassing properties.
How can VC-3 lock a fastener in place if it can still be easily removed with hand tools?
developmentvt2023-07-13T20:07:26+00:00Unlike a traditional threadlocker which attempts to fix a fastener solidly in place; VC-3 works on the principle of vibration damping. VC-3 essentially isolates the fastener from the vibration of the assembly, absorbing any intense shock and vibration which keeps the fastener from rotating. However, when you try to remove a fastener coated with VC-3 with continual torque in a singe direction, because of VC-3′s viscous flow properties, it will eventually rotate out. But this action is not representative of vibration in a real use situation where the direction and velocity is of a more random pattern.
How can you remove excess VC-3?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:13:02+00:00MEK or some paint thinners which contain MEK are best for cleaning up spilled or excess VC-3. Be sure to use the proper safety equipment such as gloves, mask, goggles and ventilation.
How can your prices be so low?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:33:19+00:00As a vertically integrated company we are able to control overhead in all aspects of manufacturing. From R&D, to chemical blending and bottling and packaging services, we do it all.
How do anaerobics work?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:31:12+00:00Two conditions must be met for an anaerobic material to cure. 1) Absence of air. 2) Contact with metal ions.
Loose fitting parts along with non-reactive metals like stainless steel can reduce a products’ effectiveness. In some cases primers can be used to counteract these negative effects. Once applied to a metal part and installed, the material begins to harden due to an absence of air. Over time the anaerobic liquid cures to a tough 100% solid thermo-set plastic, locking and or sealing the part in place.
How do I know which product I need?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:31:56+00:00If you need assistance choosing a product, please fill out our product inquiry form. Our R&D Department will review the answers you provide and recommend the appropriate products.
If VC-3 has MEK, how can it be plastic compatible?
developmentvt2022-06-23T15:13:02+00:00There are two ways to approach the use of VC-3 when discussing plastic compatibility. If you apply VC-3 directly to a plastic fastener, there is a limited selection of substrates which are compatible. Please review the table here as a start, and be sure to test first. The second way to use VC-3 is when you are installing a metal fastener into plastic. Because VC-3 must be dried first, all the solvent will have evaporated and you should be left with an inert plastic threadlocker. You can then install that fastener into practically any type of plastic assembly.