How to keep PVC cement from drying?

I work with PVC irrigation pipes, small jobs at a time.
Every time I try to use a previously opened can of cement, it has glued
itself shut beyond redemption.
I am careful not to get cement on the rim of the can, but it takes very
little to permanently glue the can shut.
I am sure I am not the only one who has this problem. How do you guys cope
with it?
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Walter R.
I use a 'channel lock' type pliers or a pipe wrench to get the can open. .. Be careful not to bend or deform the lid/can. If it starts to deform stop and turn the can a little and try again... Try several different spots until it opens.
My problem is I usually spill most of the can on the ground before it has a chance to dry out in the can....
Also don't let the can sit in the hot sun open or closed.
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Kevin Ricks
A little Vaseline on the thread might work for you.
I always use this on tubes of glue and it has saved me a lot of frustration.
Hope this helps you.
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My boss used to buy the 16 ounce cans. Cement, primer, Rectorseal, and so on. Finally I noticed that Home Depot and some of the chains have the product in 8 or 4 ounce cans. I started to buy the smaller cans, and much of the problem was resolved.
It's also possible to slip in a couple smaller cans, in the space of one larger can, and more conveniently also.
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Stormin Mormon
I use DC4 dielectric grease mostly because I always have a tube handy for light bulbs. It only takes a tiny bit.
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Like others here, I use a pair of channel-lock pliers to remove stubborn lids.
However, unless you are working on a large project, it's better to buy a few small cans instead of one large one. Once you open the can air gets in and the cement will gel over time and be worthless the next time you need it. With small cans you'll always have a fresh unopened can ready for your next small project.
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If your channel locks won't open it, I bet heating the lid with boiling water would get it loose. Storing the can upside down might keep it from solidifying at the lid. It works for paint.
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Bob F
I always close the can very tightly with a pipe wrench. When it starts to get too thick I add a little MEK and let it set for a day or so.
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It might not be practical with the brushes in the lids but I have found that a layer of plastic wrap between the can and lid works for most screw caps.
Don Young
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Don Young
On Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:32:51 -0800, "Walter R." wrote:
What are you using? I use the Oakley primer and PVC glue. These metal cans seal tightly and have a brush mounted in the cap. Lasts many years, never had an issue.
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fill a small waterproof sandwich bag with water ,,,, carefully insert in the can sure not to puncture the bag ... the bag of water will displace the air in the can .. & prevent drying out ... on next use .. just dump out the water ... puncture the plastic bag .. & access the cement below ...
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