@Champagne InHand has recommended this and finds it very effective. I haven't tried it but the dry vinyl tape is so easy and low-tech I think I'll stick with it.
I donít use that. I use black electrical tape. Itís quite protective and flat and the adhesive is very easy to come off with almost zero tape or adhesive residue getting in or circulating about the mouth. Itís also built to be heat resistant. Cheap to use part of a roll that almost every person should own if you use electric stuff, it have a vehicle.
But I keep checking my pipes where I do use softees and still havenít seen any oxidation compared to what basic sunlight does to vulcanite, if you smoke outdoors.
What I do with softees is run warm water over and loosen them when pipe cleaning. Iím able to keep them from breaking down and sticking. Plus if you use the electrical tape I replace it every few weeks and wipe down the area like normal stem cleaning/maintenance.
For pipe ends I just use the standard 3M that is .75Ē. Itís just the basic stuff you would use to wrap up wiring with.
But for actual work in places that are not cramped I use a thicker, wider tape as well or use the shrink wrap for speaker wiring or stuff in the Jeep. My brother-in-law is an electrician and had loads of everything, so I just head over to his house or he comes here.
Itís much like duct tape. When my daughter went through the kid phase of making crafts with colored duct tape, we just bought the cheapest stuff from Target.
For real usage I usually go with black gorilla duct tape. For real air ducts itís the shiny metallic stuff.
Iím going to have to try a couple of these methods. I have been doing yard work and the pipe ends up clenched in my teeth for quite a while, sometimes even long after it has gone out if I get in a zone with whatever work Iím doing.