Saving E600 for later use?

Linda holder
by Linda holder

I love using E6000 adhesive for many different projects but a tube is only good for one use. After that the tube dries up & I end up throwing out the rest, no matter how quickly & tightly I replace the cap. How can I save it?

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  11 answers
  • Sandy Hartsock Sandy Hartsock on Nov 28, 2015
    I have the same question?
  • Linda Linda on Nov 28, 2015
    try putting chip of plastic wrap over the tip. use again by sticking a nail in the tip.
  • Kelley M Kelley M on Nov 28, 2015
    I keep mine in a ziplock bag, had the same type for 3 years. I also use a spring clip, the kind of industrial paper clip for 50 sheets of paper, to hold the rolled end of the tube as I use it. It keeps from damaging the integrity of the tube be rescue squeezing it every you use it.
  • Donna J Donna J on Nov 28, 2015
    I had that same problem. First, I am very careful how I squeeze the tube. It can leak very easy if not handled properly. Use a strong paper clip to hold the tube as you would toothpaste. When you are finished, place a dab of vaseline on the tip. This would help the glue from hardening at the tip. Put the tube in a zip lock bag then place the bag in a glass jar. Some plastic containers can let air in and dry out the tube. Glass will keep the air out together with the plastic bag. This has worked for me so far. Good luck to you.
  • MKay MKay on Nov 28, 2015
    I put a straight pin in the end and stand the tube up in a glass jar.
  • Barbara Black Farley Barbara Black Farley on Nov 28, 2015
    I think they make small tubes now too.
  • MaryJVA MaryJVA on Nov 28, 2015
    This method has worked very well for me. When I am finished using the tube of E6000, I wipe the tip off. Place a small nail with a decent sized head into the hole in the tube. Place a small piece of plastic wrap over the nail and the tube. Replace the cap. This keeps the tube open and the glue fresh.
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    • MaryJVA MaryJVA on Dec 01, 2015
      Even with the small tubes, you must close the air hole and prevent air access. I use this method on the small tubes. The tubes are small, but they are NOT single application. Being small they just dry out faster. The main thing that has helped me it the nail in the hole to keep that tube open.
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Nov 28, 2015
    Most of my answers are taken. Ziplock bag, plastic wrap under the cap. Air in the tube is the culprit. The single use tubes are also a good alternative if you aren't a frequent user.
  • Linda holder Linda holder on Nov 29, 2015
    I will give these hints a try! Thank you everyone!
  • Vicky Turner Vicky Turner on Nov 29, 2015
    E6000 is the very best adhesive I've ever used. We put a panelling nail in the tip after we open it but any nail will work.
  • Sheryl Sheryl on Feb 22, 2020

    My other issue is squeezing the glue out and there goes a hole in the opposite end of the tube