I am by all means not an expert with silicone. I have only used it on toggle head bands, but I love it. I don't use the tip that comes with the tube. I just squeeze gently from the bottom of the tube. When I'm done applying it to my ribbons I just put the cap back on. The next time that I use it I have to pull out the self made plug with a straight pin and it is ready to go. I hope that makes sense.