Re: My superglue spouts stick to the caps

Schuyler Larrabee

I have used the Locktite glues (it does come in several viscosities, including gel) for as many years as it’s been available.  But I also randomly buy other versions of superglue to try them out.  About two months ago I opened one of them that had, first of all been on my other desk for at least two years,  It’s the one in the photo, four 0.01 oz tubes, and not only was it still good (some superglue goes bad before I open them to begin with), it has remained, open on my desk sitting in a plastic drink cover for at least five weeks and STILL is good.  The spout has remained open (until this morning), but I reamed it out with a wire and it’s good to go.  As others have done, I tend to whack it down to clear the spout, but as often as not, I forget to do that. 


It is amazing how many joints 0.01 oz. will join.




From: <> On Behalf Of Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] My superglue spouts stick to the caps


Hi Jim,


Jim wrote: “Has this happened to any one else?”


Hey Jim, welcome to the club!


Jim further wrote: “Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?”


I’m sure you will get a variety of answers to this question. My answer is, YES. The thing to do is to buy the small tubes instead of bottles. When you buy superglue in bottles several bad things happen – the tube gets stuck and becomes useless (as you experienced), the glue begins to thicken  with age, and after along enough time the glue ultimately solidifies inside the bottle.


The small tubes are VERY small, holding only a fractional ounce each. You open one, use it for a while, then throw it away when it is empty or when it is less than pristine. They are cheap, REAL CHEAP, sometime three tubes for a buck, so it’s not like you cannot afford to toss one that is less than wonderful. Since you throw them away often, they are never around long enough for the glue to thicken or solidify.


Claus Schlund



From: Jim Hayes

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 6:02 PM

Subject: [RealSTMFC] My superglue spouts stick to the caps


I'm using 2 brands of superglue currently, Scotch and Bob Smith. When I tried to use them today, both of the spouts stuck to the caps. Even pliers wouldn't pull the spouts loose, so I was left with 2 bottles of open superglue with no caps -- useless.
Has this happened to any one else? Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?


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