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Username Post: Advice on Screw Removal        (Topic#361221)
60Impala1837 
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06-01-20 09:29 AM - Post#2795388    

I've been using various techniques to deal with stuck screws and stripped heads while removing interior and exterior trim. I'm averaging about 50% that need special extraction action ranging from cutting a line in the screw to let me use a flat head screw driver to completely drilling out the screw.

Anyone have any favorite rusty screw removal techniques you want to share?

My current issue are the last 2 screws holding in this quarter window channel. They aren't too rusty but I can't get a small phillips screw driver to budge them so i'm looking at creative options.

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06-01-20 10:52 AM - Post#2795396    
    In response to 60Impala1837

One of these may work, I know that back in that area you are limited to what you can use. Mine came out pretty good. Here is a link to its use.. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+t o+remove... the extractor is used at the five minute point.

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60Impala1837 
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06-01-20 11:42 AM - Post#2795400    
    In response to PLS

Thanks Lamar. I bought a set of those on Saturday and tried them on a few lower windshield trim screws but didn't have much luck. I was probably using them wrong

Jim
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Andy J 
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06-01-20 04:35 PM - Post#2795421    
    In response to 60Impala1837

I apply as much pressure as I can on the screwdriver and tap the screwdriver with a hammer.If it doesn't come loose,try tightening the screw a bit.If it moves any it will usually come out.Be sure to use the correct size screwdriver for obvious reasons.

If staining the fabric isn't a concern,try a little PB Blaster or some other solvent on the screw.Give it a little time to soak in.Most important,be patient!If you get frustrated,give it a rest and work on something else or just take a break.

I haven't had much success with the screw extractors,either.I'm currently restoring a '51 Pontiac Chieftain and have learned much tearing this car down.I've done nothing the last three weeks but remove rusted screws and bolts.It's a drag but it has to be done.

Hang in there,you'll get it done!



 
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06-01-20 04:47 PM - Post#2795422    
    In response to Andy J

I have had success doing what Andy J says. If you can ever get it to turn even a small amount it will usually come out. Turn it back and forth. Requires a lot of patience though. PB blaster seems to work really well

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60Impala1837 
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06-01-20 07:23 PM - Post#2795432    
    In response to 60Impala1837

Thanks for great advice. I

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wagonman100 
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06-01-20 08:44 PM - Post#2795441    
    In response to 60Impala1837

If you can get an impact gun in the area, I have very good luck with turning the torque all the way down and using the impact with a screwdriver bit. I have a 1/2

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Andy J 
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06-02-20 01:15 PM - Post#2795485    
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I was reading your post as I was eating my lunch and saw where you used your 1/2" impact to remove screws.I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of that before.I have a cordless impact but the batteries have long since played out and I never replaced them because I just don't use it anymore.

I adapted it down to a #2 Phillips,turned the torque setting as low as it would go,and gave it a try.I had three screws I had been dicking with for a while.They came out as slick as snot on a door knob!Thanks for the tip!That saved the day!



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wagonman100 
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06-02-20 03:01 PM - Post#2795497    
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Glad it worked for you. The idea came to me over 20 years ago when a coworker was using an impact driver to get screws out of door latch and wound up bending the back of the door shell where the latch attaches due to the hammering on the driver. So I surmised the impact gun gives the same kind of shock twisting force but without the hammering force. I know the 1/2

Jay
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60Impala1837 
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06-02-20 09:19 PM - Post#2795520    
    In response to 60Impala1837

Great advice. I had ordered a 1/2

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ragtp66 
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06-02-20 10:06 PM - Post#2795527    
    In response to 60Impala1837

If it in a spot where I can put a lil heat on it I have used a small butane torch like you use for heat shrink tubing and heat the screw for 10-20 seconds then touch some beeswax to the screw while its still hot (better if threads are exposed a lil ) the beeswax will wick into the threads and usually come out fairly easily. Another great use for beeswax is driving wood screws into wood. roll the threads in the beeswax and they will go through the wood like a hot knife through butter. You can find beeswax at any hardware store just grab a wax toilet bowl ring usually only a buck or two.

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06-03-20 02:27 AM - Post#2795532    
    In response to 60Impala1837

I used to use PB blaster, but switched to Deep Creep by Sea Foam. It works better for me. Learned about it from a local shop that uses it for stubborn bolts that PB blaster won't loosen. It is more expensive, but it is worth it.

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wagonman100 
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06-03-20 02:59 PM - Post#2795572    
    In response to 60Impala1837

No pictures. It

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 


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