The tails don’t fully tighten, if you screw them in too far they just end up inside the radiator. So after removing them and the ptfe I applied loctite and screwed them in again but they are not mega tight. Hoping the loctite creates a watertight seal
Just fitting TRV to a 3 year old column radiator which required changing the tail from old style which requires you to tighten it from inside with large Allen key and you can tighten as per normal to a new tail has a square shaft allowing you to tighten from outside but as OP said the radiator has no end stop and the tail has no collar or end of thread so you can't tighten fully, so it leaks. About to try even more ptfe tape.