I love the idea of regluing skins, not just because it is all eco earth friendly and vegan approved, but because a pair of moderately worn nylon skins have such a nice feel to them – they glide, climb and fold-up like butter. With this in mind, I stripped the old glue off of a pair of skins last year and carefully documented my first outing with Black Diamond Glue Renew strips in eager anticipation of a KILLER BLOG POSTING. Yeah, well, it turned out like crap as I have the patience of a two year old and once again forgot to read the instructions until after I finished the job.
But, my faith in Glue Renew (strips of skin glue that you iron on) was renewed over the weekend when I saw the factory-perfect job that Ron Smith was able to do. Check this out:
Aside from reading the instructions and being patient, Ron had some excellent little tricks of the reglue trade.
- Take your skins to a Dry Cleaner and have them remove the old glue for five-ish dollars. This is a brilliant trick and the skins come out looking brand new and apparently unharmed.
- Before applying the Glue Renew, lay down a coat of Gold Label adhesive using a scraper to get a nice, thin, even coat. This soaks into the backing and helps the Glue Renew adhere.
- Ron got the Glue Renew cold, then cut it into strips so that he could put a strip down each side of the skin and leave the center blank (except for the Gold Label). This eliminates the need for a piece of nylon cloth and also allows you to get two complete skin reglues out of one set of Glue Renews.
- Ignore the recommended heating temperatures and keep the iron “just ahead of the bubbling point” which is hotter than it might seem.
I can’t wait to try it again, or maybe I’ll see if Ron wants to do a another pair while I watch.
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