I like Permatex brand silicones. Clear, Grey, Black and Red - all seem to do the job when used correctly.
What drives me nuts are the small caps that come on the tubes. I have tried various levels of tightness only to have the cap at some point crack or split which in turn allow the top half of the tube to harden to a rock. Any tips out there for dealing with this? And leaving the pointed cap on there is even worse, no matter what you do it seems like the threads are off a bit and it allows air into the tube.
You have a choice. Put a small nail in the tube and cap it OR put them in the freezer in a small zip lock bag. And no i haven't lost my mind lol.
Prior to putting the cap on squeeze out a sufficient amount that will fill the cap and mushroom out the bottom edges of the cap. Then FORCE yourself to only use the tips of you fingers to lightly snug the cap. I repeat,FORCE yourself to only slightly snug the cap. The silicone will vulcanize between the cap and thread and will seal out the air. Trust me on this one!
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How about a fridge - got a small one in the garage - would that work? I mean as long as it doesn't interfere with the beer - gotta keep the beer cold ya know.
At work we get the squirt cans that you push the nozzle to the side to shoot silicone out...
Leave some hanging out after using it and let cure...…
Next time you need it just pull off the cured part and it's good again...
All the tube types go bad laying around for long periods of time after being opened.
Every spring I end up throwing out some tubes in my garage or trailer.....
I also have the same issues here at the shop. The best way around it is to use a nail or pop rivet.
I'm sure Permatex is well aware of this issue, been that way forever, but why fix it? It just helps them sell more product......
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You can try it in the fridge, but put a nail in it too and cap it. Funny story. The old gal was looking in the freezer and noticed it. She said What the *** is that in the fridge? My SA remark was "Silicone lube". Got the look of death, I don't think so!!!!
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