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Perfect Plastic Putty is.....kinda not

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  • Member since
    January, 2006
  • From: NW Washington
Perfect Plastic Putty is.....kinda not
Posted by dirkpitt77 on Sunday, December 04, 2016 1:40 PM

Opened my tube of Perfect Plastic Putty last night to fix up some seams on the Revell Swift Boat I'm working on. Big squeeze......nuthin'. So I started digging out the mouth of the tube, thinking some had dried and was just plugging the end. And I dug. And I dug. And I dug. Turns out, the whole tube was pretty much dried up.

To be fair, I think it was 2014 or early 2015 when I bought this--off Amazon. Far enough back there is no record of it. But man, every damn putty I've used dries up before I can use 1/3 or 1/2 of the container. 

I shot some pics for your enjoyment:

You can see the crumbly stuff inside the tube here:

 . by theirishavenger, on Flickr

All the stuff I dug out:

 . by theirishavenger, on Flickr

Then, figuring all was lost anyway, I cut the tube open:

 . by theirishavenger, on Flickr

I dug all that out of there and put it in a baby food jar with some water to see if I can salvage it to get me through this project. Guess I'm back on the hunt for a new putty. Bane of my modeling existence!

--Chris

    "Some say the alien didn't die in the crash.  It survived and drank whiskey and played poker with the locals 'til the Texas Rangers caught wind of it and shot it dead."

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    March, 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Sunday, December 04, 2016 2:28 PM

Chris -

My PPP is a few years old, maybe 4 or 5, it has thickened a slight bit but is still very useable. A couple of things I do, squeeze from the back and keep the putty forward, minimizing any air that cannot be removed. Keep the cap threads and tube top as clean as possible, so it all seals well while stored.

I use water and a tiny metal spatula, for blending and softening the exposed amount in the tube, to keep the putty useable for filling. When finished, I stir a little water into the top of the putty in the tube opening, it seems that keeps the interior sealed better from air entering the tube.

Hate that you lost a tube, awful waste, but still a very good filler when in good condition.

Patrick 

  • Member since
    January, 2006
  • From: NW Washington
Posted by dirkpitt77 on Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:28 PM

Yeah, I cannot lie, it has been a pretty good product. Maybe I'll give it a shot and try some of your techniques in keeping it useable. Thanks Patrick.

--Chris

    "Some say the alien didn't die in the crash.  It survived and drank whiskey and played poker with the locals 'til the Texas Rangers caught wind of it and shot it dead."

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    January, 2014
  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:30 PM

I had a similar experience with my first tube of PPP, I had used the tip included with the putty and left it in place, thinking that, if anything, the only part that would dry up would have been the extreme tip. I was wrong. I ended up chucking the tip in the garbage bin, I too found that after awhile the stuff in the tube end was drying up fairly fast as well. I recently bought a new tube of PPP and opted to not use the included tip. I instead bought a couple of syringes and needle applicators. I thin the putty down and then put it in the syringe and can apply it where needed, neatly.  I then stick the syringe needle in a cup of water, this seems to eliminate any air getting into the syringe, keeping the putty workable for the next session. Change the water periodically to keep it somewhat fresh.

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 04, 2016 10:45 PM

I've been using the stuff for over a year now and really like it. My tube gets dried out near the tip and I have to shove a toothpick up in there and stir it around. Wow, I used to have Squadron putty dry out in the whole tube but not this so far!

Patrick, I've going to take some of your advice on keeping the end from drying out- thanks!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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    May, 2008
  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Monday, December 05, 2016 8:25 AM
Thanks everyone for the heads up. I just got my first tube of the stuff to try it out. Now I have ideas to keep it fresh, before I let it go hard. EJ

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, December 05, 2016 8:57 AM

I have a larger pin that I use to plug the applicator. And every couple of days, I will knead the tube. So far I have not had any drying of the tube at all.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, December 05, 2016 1:49 PM

Chris;

 I am sure all of those who answered already will think I am nuts .( probably already do anyway , LOL.) .When I get ANY putty I do this . I get a jar or bottle with a good sealing lid . Then making sure there's no foriegn material in there , I empty the tube in there getting every last bit .

     Now this has worked for over forty years or more .That's since all these new products became available . I  put the two parts in seperate bottles . Since then I have lost none of the product to drying out .

         Epoxy will harden in it's individual original containers over time . The Syringe type of container is the worst about this .  Hmmm , Building a Swift Boat huh ?      Tanker - Builder           P.S. I am to the point I am using more and more SpruGlu instead of other types of fillers .

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    May, 2016
Posted by RockyD on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 1:25 AM

I have had the same problem, with alot of different putties.

I buy a 40 ml tube of putty and chuck half of it, if they sold 20 ml tubes for half the price that would be a good idea.

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    November, 2016
Posted by Gerhard on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 1:48 AM

Same here, I needed some putty on the weekend, but both my Tamiya and Humbrol had dried up. Going to make my own using left over sprue and thinners. 

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    October, 2014
Posted by TomZ on Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:55 PM

I put my putty tube in a snack-size ziplock bag and squeeze the air out before sealing. It seems to help preserve freshness quite a lot.

 

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    May, 2008
  • From: Wyoming Michigan
Posted by ejhammer on Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:36 PM
Since I got my tube, I'm pleased with the performance. When done using it, I squeeze the tube to get the contents even with the end of the spout, screw on the cap and always store it with the cap down. Maybe that's why the label is applied "upside down". I've had no drying or hardening.

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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