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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post
    I'll try that next time. Even if I can get a few good uses it's better than nothing.
    The company I work for downpacks various silicones and other adhesives into really small syringes for use on the assembly line. They store them in a deep freeze (-40°ish) and put a shelf life of 6 months on each one. That's just protocol though; I'd wager they'd last much longer unless they're frequently reopening and closing them.

    Most of these silicones are RTV or room temperature vulcanizing. The freezer definitely slows things down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donig View Post
    Permatex Flowable Silicone Windshield and Glass Sealer is sold at most auto parts stores and works great. $6 for a 1.5 oz tube.
    That's all I've ever used, but also effectively threw away 4 nearly-full tubes now. I can sometimes get a second use by piercing the tube itself after the main hole gets clogged.

    A .25oz tube or something similar would be perfect.

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    I understand the frustration with a dried up tube - happens to me every time I use a bit of superglue. But for me, the application of sealant is a “one time” event - with that time maybe being a 5 year (or more) interval. In the paddling community, after I expressed an overly concerned about a piece of gear, an old-timer reminded me that “gear wears out”, then you get to replace it (usual with something better/lighter/more focused). If I had to buy a tube of sealant every 5 years (arbitrary length to time), it would be one of the least expensive costs of my adventures. But I’m not a DIY guy so most my gear either is already sealed or comes with sealant. Just curious what the need is to use the sealer so often?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
    I understand the frustration with a dried up tube - happens to me every time I use a bit of superglue. But for me, the application of sealant is a “one time” event - with that time maybe being a 5 year (or more) interval. In the paddling community, after I expressed an overly concerned about a piece of gear, an old-timer reminded me that “gear wears out”, then you get to replace it (usual with something better/lighter/more focused). If I had to buy a tube of sealant every 5 years (arbitrary length to time), it would be one of the least expensive costs of my adventures. But I’m not a DIY guy so most my gear either is already sealed or comes with sealant. Just curious what the need is to use the sealer so often?
    I just patched a hole in my hot tent from an ember. Literally the size of sharp pencil tip. Now I'm looking to reseal my kayak skirt since the tape is dried and flaky. Awhile back I used some on a drybag.

    That's a pretty big waste to spend $19 on some small jobs. Not terrible if you consider the gear is fixed now. But I'm still throwing away about 16 of that $19. Three small tubes of the warbonnet size would have been perfect.

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    I freeze SeamSeal between uses and thaw out before use. Then refreeze- lasts for years.

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    I see. I thought a tube was more about $5.00 - $7.00.
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    I think it one of those things where the tube costs more than the contents so a large tube of sealant costs only a little more than tube half the size. It is like when you get a soda at a fast food restaurant, the cup costs them about 5c and the contents about half that so they do any size for $1.

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