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How to repair a rubber wristband

Updated April 17, 2017

Colourful rubber wristbands and bracelets serve as both fun jewellery pieces and fundraising items sold by charity organisations. Many people collect them and wear several to work, school and other functions. However, rubber wristbands can break if you stretch them too far or through the wear and tear of removing and putting them on again regularly. Fix your broken rubber wristbands instead of throwing them away.

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  1. Clean both broken edges of the wristband with a dry cloth. Verify that all dirt, dust and debris has been removed from the two edges.

  2. Apply a small amount of commercial grade cyanoacrylate glue to both broken edges of the wristband. Wait for 20 seconds as the glue becomes tacky.

  3. Place the two broken edges of the wristband together and check that the edges line up. Hold the edges together for one minute.

  4. Scrape excess glue from the surface of the wristband with a hobby knife.

  5. Tape across the broken edges on the outside of the wristband with clear tape. Run another strip of clear tape across the broken edges on the inside of the wristband.

  6. Leave the wristband overnight. Remove the clear tape in the morning.

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Things You'll Need

  • Commercial grade cyanoacrylate or CA (marketed as "super glue")
  • Dry cloth
  • Hobby knife
  • Clear tape

About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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