permatex timing

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  1. Crysisfreak7

    Crysisfreak7 New Member

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    is it safe to ride my bike after only 1 hour of waiting for permatex super copper to dry?
     
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    CTripps Active Member

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    I think permatex has to cure overnight at 'finger tight' before it can be considered dry, but as I don't have a tube in front of me to check the fine print I can't be certain right now.
     
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    I have a tube of it in my hand right now.
    Reading the label:
    "Silicone dries in 1 hour, and fully cures in 24 hours, at 70*F (21*C) - 50% relative humidity. Allow more time in cold weather."

    Real world translation:
    After 1 hour is has jelled. It is nowhere near cured yet.
    If you want full strength and not risk failure under stress you must wait 24 hours.
     
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    Crysisfreak7 New Member

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    would starting and idleing atleast help?
     
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    MEASURE TWICE Well-Known Member

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    I used that stuff, and I intend for it to hold a little pressure from the hose going from the 4 stroke engines crankcase breather to the carb.

    While I was going to check the valve between the breather and the carb, the low pressure of my breath to check bubbled the stuff.

    It was not even 1 hr set so adding more of the stuff and smoothing it out and have it set for a day and was good to go. I did not test it yet as I have to get time and place to ride legal. It is OHV reg only, not for streets.

    Vibration may not be good for it while it goes from 1 hr to 24 hr mark, but I would think it less critical than my application.

    MT
     
  6. SuperDave

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    If the sealant is needed to seal against compression(head, exhaust) or vacuum(intake, crankcase), then wait for it to cure. If its for a waterproof seal such as the mag cover or clutch, it'll be okay after an hour.
     
  7. mapbike

    mapbike Active Member

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    Agree, timing covers and the such are under no pressure and I would think an hour or so will be plenty of time.

    Map
     

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