Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

 

Keeping your adhesives fresh and ready to use at a moment’s notice can be a challenge! I’ve had to stop in the middle of a project more than once to wrestle open a tube of super glue or squeeze a tube with all my might to get past the dried adhesive. Today’s tips will keep your glue, and your projects, flowing smooth!

Adhesives like Hypo Tube Cement and E6000 that are packaged in metal tubes can dry out if their packaging cracks or splits. The more the metal of the tube is worked, the weaker and more prone to breaking it becomes. Try laying the tube flat and gently working the adhesive towards the top. Toothpaste tube squeezers, found at your local drug store, are great for moving the adhesive up the tube, and keeping it there, without damaging the metal.

Storing your adhesives in a sealed plastic bag in your refrigerator will also prolong the life of the product. Additionally, applying a dab of Vaseline or another petroleum based product to the threads of your adhesive’s cap will prevent the tube from accidentally being glued shut. A better fitting cap will help keep the product fresher for longer.

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

4 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Allie

    I love the tip to add vaseline to a bead cap to keep its action smooth and eliminate the problem of getting caps glued to the packages. I’ve never heard anything like this before and it is a great tip! If I wasn’t eating while browsing I would’ve already gotten up to do that. :) I did not know about the fridge either; I just knew it was good for keeping batteries fresher. Thanks for today’s tips!

  • Thanks for these tips. I will surely try the regrigerator thing and vaseline too to prevent this problem. You have addressed an important problem and gave answers. Thank you. Dita

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  • Great tips!!! I’m going to do this immediately. No more wasted time trying to get glued caps undone!

  • TERESA

    My mother purchased a couple of the “tooth-paste squeezers” at the dollar store and they work great. She intended for me to use them on my tooth-paste, she laughed when she saw them on my tubes of glue. LOL I love my mom.

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