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i put pipe thread sealing compound on a plastic fluidmaster fill valve.....then i read the label on the tube of the thread sealant not put on plastic pipe threads.
called fluidmaster they said the stuff will eat/melt the plastic threads and cause a leak...on their fill valve..... what will really happen to the plastic threads?

Hey Bob,

    That's a really good question and I'm sure it's a common thing for people to do.  Some thread sealants are simply a teflon formula which doesn't have anything caustic or solvents in the mixture.  Some however, have solvents and such for creating a tighter bond... in some applications like, for gas pipes and high pressure systems or steam, different kinds of sealants are needed to prevent leaks.

    If the sealant that you used is a basically white or off white compound then I wouldn't be too concerned.  But if it is blue or yellow or red in color, then it may be one of the special blends with the solvents in it.  You can wipe off as much of the sealant as possible with a rag and then re-install it. Or you could just wait and see if a leak develops.

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