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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Tap Lubricants for Aluminum

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J. Schwiebert

02-01-2014 16:42:32
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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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BigMarv1085

02-04-2014 10:16:29
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Im with the Boelube. Use it all the time. Matchless is also pretty good but haven't seen in years



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TURPENTINE..John,PA

02-03-2014 20:05:40
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
If allowed to be SOLD in YOUR locale.

However,,,,,,,, stinks like the 'ole lamplighter's shop.

Migh need some approved "asborspent", play sand.

John,PA



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Mike(NEOhio)

02-03-2014 16:57:17
162.40.57.21



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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Alumi-Kut. Also great for drilling/tapping copper.



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hd6gtom

02-03-2014 13:49:31
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
while you are on the subject of tapping aluminum. I took machinest class in the army, they told us to use a new tap when doing aluminum and then run an old tap thru the aluminum after we cut the threads with the new tap. No one has been able to tell me why this was being taught. Does anyone here know?



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Bob - MI

02-03-2014 06:47:29
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
I don't ever remember seeing a tapping fluid that would stain aluminum.

Depending on what alloy aluminum you are working with there's a number of choices.

Tap Magic is tough to beat, Kerosene will work, WD40 is also an easy alternative, light weight oil is ok too.

What are you tapping?



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Bret4207

02-03-2014 04:55:35
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Kero has been the recommended lube in every reference I've seen.



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Whichester1

02-02-2014 19:49:56
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
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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El Toro

02-02-2014 11:15:23
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
We used regular bar soap. We coated the tap with soap and it worked fine. Hal



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IaGary

02-02-2014 06:43:32
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Pam cooking spray is about the best there is.

Gary



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dr sportster

02-02-2014 06:23:52
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Tap Magic for aluminum.



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504

02-01-2014 20:26:56
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
I was told to use water, I have never tried it but it would be worth a try.



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k6zrx

02-01-2014 21:13:37
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to 504, 02-01-2014 20:26:56  
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.

Josh

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sflem849

02-02-2014 20:07:05
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to k6zrx, 02-01-2014 21:13:37  
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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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Don-Wi

02-01-2014 18:45:21
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
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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MarkB_MI

02-01-2014 17:09:23
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
Boelube, perhaps?



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KIP in MX

02-01-2014 22:48:53
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to MarkB_MI, 02-01-2014 17:09:23  
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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MarkB_MI

02-02-2014 03:03:37
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to KIP in MX, 02-01-2014 22:48:53  
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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bison

02-02-2014 00:00:12
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to KIP in MX, 02-01-2014 22:48:53  
Diesel fuel works just fine



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wile E

02-01-2014 17:06:50
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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
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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Handyman

02-01-2014 17:00:50
74.85.206.2



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 Re: Tap Lubricants for Aluminum in reply to J. Schwiebert, 02-01-2014 16:42:32  
WD-40 works pretty good on aluminum for most machining operations. gives a better finish than some other cutting fluids



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