Originally Posted by Eagle & Bear
Yesterday I was checking the brake wiring and noticed the red thread lock seemed to be wet. I touched it - it was wet! Anyone know how this stuff works?
Anaerobic thread lockers like Loctite are "suffocation hardening". They harden in the absence of air, and are catalyzed by metal surfaces. So the fact that the stuff on the threads outside the nut is still wet is not necessarily a problem. (It doesn't harden in the bottle, either.)
Loctite sells primers for their thread locking compounds that speeds up the cure and I have used those in an industrial application. On home projects I just let it cure naturally.