Rubber patches are useful for many repairs on rubber products such as outdoor furniture, toys and camping equipment. Recycle rubber from items no longer needed, such as flat bicycle inner tubes. Purchase inexpensive rubber products to utilise for cutting patches for whatever your repair need may be. Cut patches from rubber products purchased at dollar, discount and grocery stores. Garage sales and thrift stores also have rubber products that can be repurposed for cutting rubber patches.
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Things you need
- Liquid dish detergent
- Heavy duty scissors
- Rubber source (jar grips, drawer liners, toy balls, mats, carpet padding)
Measure the thickness of the item in need of a rubber patch. For example, patching a rubber rain poncho will require a thinner rubber patch than the rubber required to patch an inner tube used for swimming.
Find a rubber source matching the thickness of the item in need of repair as closely as possible. Some rubber sources to recycle into rubber patches are rubber jar grips, rubber mats, rubber drawer liners, rubber toy balls, rubber soles from shoes and rubber carpet padding. If you don't have any rubber products that can be recycled, shop at a dollar, discount or grocery store for inexpensive rubber items to utilise for patch rubber. Check the plumbing and roofing departments of home improvement stores for inexpensive rubber sources.
Measure the length and width of the area to be covered with the rubber patch. Add 1/2 to 1 inch to each side of the damaged area to allow for extra patch cover. For example, a tear is 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Your rubber patch will need to measure 4 inches long by 3 inches wide.
Wet your rubber scissors. According to Cole's Equipment Site, cover the scissors with water and liquid dish detergent so the blades are slick. This will keep the metal of the scissors from sticking or pulling on the rubber. Specialised rubber scissors are sharp for the entire blade so you can snip a little at a time if necessary. Buy rubber scissors at scrapbooking and craft stores.
Hold the rubber scissors at an angle. According to Viva Las Vega Stamps, cut away from the rubber to ease your cutting process and keep the scissors from moving.
Cut the rubber material according to the measurement determined in Step 3 with rubber scissors. Cut in small snips, not in long, sliding cuts. You can round the corners if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Apply the rubber patch with the appropriate adhesive. Cole's Equipment Site suggests gluing rubber with rubber cement, but for a more permanent patch fix you may need to use an epoxy. Epoxies can be purchased at discount, auto and home improvement stores.
- Rubber scissors are extremely sharp. Use with caution and never cut rubber toward your body.
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