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Anti Seize Compound Advice 
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I have a couple of types down stairs and have always used them haphazardly and randomly. There are better less hacky engineers than myself on this forum.

What types are there? And what are their optimal uses? What should they not be used on?

Typical uses for me:

  • Exhaust/turbo/manifold fasteners
  • Wheel studs/nuts
  • Disk brake pad backing plates and shims

Share your uses, too :-)

On chassis stuff, I always grease fasteners with normal GP grease prior to installation so that it's a breeze next time. If going into a cavity, I tend to grease both the fastener, and the hole, so the grease in the hole is pushed inside forever to keep the fastener nice and moist.

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My collection, which I suspect ehb won't approve of, but nevermind, it has served me well enough! On with the ultra-exciting show:


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LOL @ the ISP email on the tub. Shows how long I've had them for!

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LOL, it's all good :)

I used to use copper paste a lot too and would continue to do so. Even usual grease where I knew the right screwing torque is not of high priority, I'm no one to throw a stone. :)
Served me well most of the time (not behind the brake pads though, the paste always "dried out" quickly).

It was just recently that a friend of mine recommended Chesterton 725 anti-seize compound to me, and I liked the consistency of it. He's been through 750 grams of it by now, privately restoring motorcycles one after another (and being, iirc, chief mechanic at a WRC team) and I highly value his opinion.
He uses it on threads, exhaust gaskets, exhaust joints, brake pads and pretty much anything. It's hard to come by though...
It mimics the friction of steel on steel through a combination of nickel, aluminium and graphite, so torque to apply stays the same.

A different area: Grommets I sometimes furnish with silicone grease (used in coffee machines). Rubber gaskets of a flat-sealing type, I apply silicone oil, very thinly. A little goes a long way.

Not quite anti-seize, but somehow anti-sticky: What I don't use anymore is "Hylomar" or some such sealing paste, because it's a PITA to clean. Engine silicone FTW! That'd be "Loctite RTV Silicone" or, imho really good, "Würth Super RTV Silicone".

And of course battery pole grease on anything electric.

But honestly, I'm no professional but a self-trained idiot and always open for suggestions. :)


Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:59 am
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Spelling/typo in topic title fixed! :-p

To be honest, I mostly use the chrome one. The copper one doesn't even look like copper. Not sure what it really is. Weird. The chrome one is plenty thick and sticky, though. Works pretty well.

Thanks! I can get it in Auckland for about 90 bucks, well, I could if I had 2 cents to rub together:

http://www.doxeal.com/afawcs0129629/CAT ... tails.html

Under the category "Maintenance Specialties" if the ugly link changes/doesn't work.

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Nuclear Grade AntiSieze, rated to handle temps up to 2600F, I used it for the inside of the variable vanes in my turbo and it holds up.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#1027k33/=13jsol9

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Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:06 pm
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"Nuclear grade" :lol2: Awesome, definitely need that :)
Thanks for posting! I had looked for other nickel-based anti-seize and couldn't find any.
2600°F (or 1425°C) is exactly what the Chesterton 725 is supposed to endure.


Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:49 pm
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Product page for the above mentioned "SAF-T-EZE Nickel Grade Anti-Seize": http://www.saftlok.com/safteze/nickel.htm
The pictured hand pumper, which feeds the compound directly to a brush, is what my friend has on the Chesterton stuff too. Very handy, I must say, but probably expensive too.


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I've always used Permatex's general-use anti-seize without any issues, both in hot and cold applications.

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ehb wrote:
Product page for the above mentioned "SAF-T-EZE Nickel Grade Anti-Seize": http://www.saftlok.com/safteze/nickel.htm
The pictured hand pumper, which feeds the compound directly to a brush, is what my friend has on the Chesterton stuff too. Very handy, I must say, but probably expensive too.


Wrong page you posted, correct page is this
http://www.saftlok.com/safteze/nuclear. ... ear_nickel


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Same temperature, though! :-)

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