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Old 01-10-2020, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Macroline fitting sealant

What is the stuff that comes on new macroline fittings that seals the threads? The whitish putty?
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen white ish, yellow, orange and black

It's basically a liquid Teflon

Typically needs a 24 hour dry time before you put pressure on it though

Teflon tape is a better option in most cases
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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seconded, i always tape right over it, 2-3 layers, nice and tight, then trim with a frsh razor blade if it looks jank
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Old 01-11-2020, 02:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like to put a dab of wood glue on the tip of the threads. I did it one time when I couldn't find my teflon tape. It seemed to work nicely so I've been doing it that way since.
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've always just used ptfe tape, plumbers thread sealant or loctite 511,
511 dries to white puttyish consistency to lock and seal threads, so that sounds like what they put on in this scenario, although saying that it really could be any one of the hundreds of general plumbers thread sealants.

Huh, never heard of wood glue being used, I'll have to give it a try at some point, especially seeing as I seem to burn through ptfe tape at a frankly inhuman rate
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I’ve been using blue loctite or Teflon tape for years myself. I was just curious as to what the stuff that comes on the fittings is and why nobody uses that from what I can tell.
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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5 minute epoxy works well.
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I stay away from Teflon tape, personally... I'm constantly taking fittings on and off and swapping things around, and I find unless they're cleaned meticulously, the fittings retain fragments of the tape which can get into areas they shouldn't.

I'm ok with waiting a day for sealant/Loctite to dry, but if you're in a time crunch I guess tape is the way to go.

I also want to point out that the taper on a pipe-thread fitting is really what seals it, the "tape" is there as a lubricant to assist tightening and doesn't technically seal it, although practically speaking it often does have that effect.
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I only use the Teflon tape if blue loctite doesn’t work. If a fragment of tape gets to the solenoid of an electronic gun, bad things can happen.
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look up this stuff called fast tape...its grey but under tension turns black...best stuff as far as tape solutions are concerned imho
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