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Little_b    34

Sorry for starting another thread, but I couldn't find the one I was reading a while back.  I bought some new Pixel Strips this year that are different than what I've been using. Up to this point the ones I've been using are the ones that look like a half dome with sticky tape on the back.  When I cut and solder them, I've just been using Hot Glue to seal them and haven't had any issues.  The ones I bought this year are in the silicone square tube.  The Hot Glue doesn't stick to it on the outside.  (I am mounting them to a board and that is how I learned the hot glue doesn't work.  So I bought some brackets for them.)  What has everyone been using to seal them?  I've seen the end caps online, but can I just fill the end with hot glue, or will it not stick well enough to seal the end?  Do I need to go back to using Silicone II on them?  I was hoping for something that will dry quickly.

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mpageler    55

Use the silicon end caps with some caulk/adesive sqeezed into the end of the tube and cap itself. I'd never use hotglue to seal anything outdoors...ultimatley it's going to fails. 

 

The tubes on pixel strips do come in different sizes and you can get end caps to match. 

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k6ccc    482

I use GE Silicon II. I have strips that have been installed year round for close to five years with no leaks.

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k6ccc    482

I agree on the hot glue. Won't hold up outdoors.


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dgrant    174
On ‎5‎/‎5‎/‎2017 at 10:57 AM, k6ccc said:

I use GE Silicon II. I have strips that have been installed year round for close to five years with no leaks.

Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
 

I use exactly this same type and it works very well. Also suggest that everyone seal the ends where the 3-4 wires exit. If looking closely, many are not sealed properly. I found that out the hard way. Our idea of weatherproof and China's are different.

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