Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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kidkanektok
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Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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This is a small problem in the scheme of things, but one that exasperates me:

1) You open a tube of aquaseal to fix something, and use maybe 5% of the contents.
2) Weeks or months pass before you need aqua seal again.
3) When you try to open the tube again, a) it requires a vise grip just to get the top off, and
4) b, the opening is sealed off completely with hardened glue.

What do you do about that? Many times I have dug out the hardened glue with a knife, damaging the tube for good and not doing great favors for the knife either.

Other times, I give up and puncture the tube along the side and squeeze the glue out that way. Is that the best option, or is there a better way? Thanks for any ideas :)

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Re: Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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I've read that you can freeze the tube to prevent hardening. With other sealants I have had success vacuum sealing in a bag.

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Re: Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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Use a small wood screw to clear the nozzle. And buy smaller tubes.
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Re: Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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Hm, a wood screw! I'll try it. Eventually I may get a vacuum sealer too, as everyone who keeps fish fillets should probably do.

Thanks!

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Re: Aquaseal tubes seal shut

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I agree that freezing works for prolonging shelf life. I thinly coat the threads with petroleum jelly before replacing the cap.
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