Repairing soft plastics

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Repairing soft plastics

Post by Steve D » Wed Dec 05 2018 00:37

What the best method of repairing soft plastics like spring dawgs etc? I see you can buy " special glue " from the likes of savage gear but will any old super glue be fine or is there a better method.

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Post by Kangawollabat » Wed Dec 05 2018 00:51

Regular old super glue. A hot metal blade will do the job in a pinch.

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Post by Daniel » Wed Dec 05 2018 01:03

The glue designed for fixing soft plastics keeps the lure soft, normal super glues dry hard and can affect the action if used on the wrist of the tail, especially on smaller lures.
Either glue will only work if the cut has completely dried out, any moisture in the cut and it won't work.

A battery powered soldering iron works well when out on the bank but is a bit heavy.
Just melting the cut with a lighter works but does tend to look s**t.

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Post by Duncan Holmes » Wed Dec 05 2018 07:11

Daniel wrote:
The glue designed for fixing soft plastics keeps the lure soft, normal super glues dry hard and can affect the action if used on the wrist of the tail, especially on smaller lures.
Either glue will only work if the cut has completely dried out, any moisture in the cut and it won't work.

A battery powered soldering iron works well when out on the bank but is a bit heavy.
Just melting the cut with a lighter works but does tend to look s**t.
I have one of these in my electrical tool box, very light and compact.

Don't really lure fish, so never repaired a lure but I imagine they would work well if you wanted something to use on the bank.

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Post by alan behenna » Wed Dec 05 2018 08:15

It all depends "what" your working with Steve (compound/amount of damage/site of damage etc), trial and error mate.

Similar sized stuff (to your spring dawgs) with me has had........

"Mend It" treatment.........useless.

"Hot Knife".............better, but on some damage location only a temporary fix.

"Aquasure".............best fix, didn't look good, but the monsters don't care.

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Post by Steve Moore » Wed Dec 05 2018 08:23

I've tried all methods, and found the best to be Mend it,
And I use it a lot, as I mainly use soft plastics these days.

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Post by c14r4n » Wed Dec 05 2018 09:40

Steve Moore wrote:
I've tried all methods, and found the best to be Mend it,
And I use it a lot, as I mainly use soft plastics these days.
Completely agree, used Mend it a lot even to reattach dawg tails that have been completely bitten off and it's brilliant stuff!!

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Post by andrew_nagel » Wed Dec 05 2018 09:57

+1 on the Mind-It. I tend to use Mend-It at home and a mini kitchen blow torch and retractable box-cutter type knife in the boat.

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Re: Repairing soft plastics

Post by Steve D » Wed Dec 05 2018 11:04

Cheers for the info chaps, I was looking at mend-it last night after I posted and read some good reviews ,so will grab a bottle of that and some Aqua sure.

will see how it goes from there.

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Post by pete webster » Wed Dec 05 2018 12:44

Has any one got a link for the mend it please,I looked on e bay and could only find it in US.
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Post by Steve Dennington » Wed Dec 05 2018 12:50

Steve Moore wrote:
I've tried all methods, and found the best to be Mend it,
And I use it a lot, as I mainly use soft plastics these days.
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Post by Steve Dennington » Wed Dec 05 2018 12:55

pete webster wrote:
Has any one got a link for the mend it please,I looked on e bay and could only find it in US.
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I got mine from Franglais several years ago. There don't seem to be any UK suppliers showing up on a quick Google search :shrug:

There are several other products from other manufacturers that are probably pretty much the same stuff, but I couldn't say for sure.

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Re: Repairing soft plastics

Post by Steve D » Wed Dec 05 2018 13:07

Seems thin on the ground for uk suppliers Pete! I was gonna order some from overseas if I couldn't find any over here.

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Post by Steve Dennington » Wed Dec 05 2018 13:14

It's still showing as available at Franglais https://www.franglaisfishing.com/ffstor ... php?cat=20

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Re: Repairing soft plastics

Post by Steve D » Wed Dec 05 2018 13:19

Cheers Steve :thumbs:

These also have it in stock but it seems a small bottle for the money..

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Post by phil.c » Wed Dec 05 2018 13:39

Has anyone tried the UPVC Solvent weld that plumbers use on waste pipes?

It works the same as that overpriced lure weld stuff.

It's not a glue by it alters the structure of the plastic.

It would be great if that worked. :thumbs:
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Re: Repairing soft plastics

Post by Steve D » Wed Dec 05 2018 13:47

phil.c wrote:
Has anyone tried the UPVC Solvent weld that plumbers use on waste pipes?

It works the same as that overpriced lure weld stuff.

It's not a glue by it alters the structure of the plastic.

It would be great if that worked. :thumbs:
Good point Phil, I've got some of that at home so might see what it's like on lures, smells pretty strong mind :dizzy:

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Post by r0bert » Wed Dec 05 2018 22:23

Mend It for me too. Difficult to get a hot knife out on a lake, especially in wet weather. A quick dab of the stuff and its good to go. No stiffness in the lure unlike with superglue.

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Post by c14r4n » Wed Dec 05 2018 23:23

phil.c wrote:
Has anyone tried the UPVC Solvent weld that plumbers use on waste pipes?

It works the same as that overpriced lure weld stuff.

It's not a glue by it alters the structure of the plastic.

It would be great if that worked. :thumbs:
My mates dad took a sniff of my mend it and straight away said its exactly that Phil.....he'd a load of it, he's patched up a paddle tail so many times now it's more UPVC Solvent than lure 😂

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Re: Repairing soft plastics

Post by Mark Phillips » Sun Dec 09 2018 20:30

Heat and melt is OK for some repairs, if done carefully of course. I use a mini blow torch.

Superglue works well and is much neater, but only if you use an accelerator to speed up the setting process. Plenty to choose from and my advice is to buy CA glue and the accelerator from the same Brand. I've done super neat repairs on all manner of soft plastics lures using that method. I've tried various products, some of which are being mentioned in this thread. Some are quite good, but I keep going back to CA glue and the accelerant agent method. If you do it right, repairs are almost seamless and remember that less is more when using CA glues and soft plastic lures, thus avoiding any brittleness that repairs without an accelerator often leave you with.

My last words of wisdom - NEVER use the 'thin' CA type glues. They're useless on soft plastics.

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