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Tap Lubricants for Aluminum

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J. Schwiebert
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:42 pm    Post subject: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just saw this the other day and now I can not find it. It mentioned a lubricant for tapping aluminum that does not stain aluminum. What am I looking for? Thanks in advance. J.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

WD-40 works pretty good on aluminum for most machining operations. gives a better finish than some other cutting fluids
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a product called Tap Magic, for aluminum. Smells bad though. Try Mcmaster Carr on how to purchase it. Aint cheep. Or, Try Kerosene, works good on aluminum. I do not know if it stains or not. Just clean it off if it does.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Boelube, perhaps?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Every shop I've worked at uses A-9. It's made for aluminum and works great for all machining operations in it.

Comes in a metal can that's a little smaller than a quart. Might come in smaller sizes too but never seen it.

Donovan from Wisconsin
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was told to use water, I have never tried it but it would be worth a try.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was washing down some aluminum work we did using ZepAlum when the boss decided he wanted to smooth out a few spots. He had an air powered die grinder with a carbide burr. The wetness kept the burr from gumming up. We then ran a small stream of water on the tool and it sure cut a lot better than dry. The only drawback is we got wet, but it was a hot day. Of course don't try with electric tools. We though so highly of this discovery that the next big aluminum job we will rig a little nozzle to the tool.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ha! You must be an A&P to know about that wonderful pink stuff. I have a jar of it and use it when ever I drill steel.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:00 am    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Diesel fuel works just fine
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:03 am    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No, I'm not an A&P, Kip, but I do have an experimental aircraft project out in the shop. Gotta get going on that again.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:23 am    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tap Magic for aluminum.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Pam cooking spray is about the best there is.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We used regular bar soap. We coated the tap with soap and it worked fine. Hal
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are commercial lubricants but we always used kerosene in the shop I worked at. Diesel fuel would work too just smells a little more.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum Reply to specific post Reply with quote

k6zrx wrote:
(quoted from post at 22:13:37 02/01/14) I was washing down some aluminum work we did using ZepAlum when the boss decided he wanted to smooth out a few spots. ...


dr sportster wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:23:52 02/02/14) Tap Magic for aluminum.


Used both of those in tech school and they seemed to work really well. I don't have a ton of experience tapping Al so I could be way off.
 
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