5-y/o me quickly regretted taking the advice of a "friend " to use dried kidney beans as ear plugs…
Especially after I reported my difficulties in trying to remove them to my Da.
My nephew did the same thing with candy corn, however, unlike me, he told no one and it was only discovered when he developed a raging ear canal infection that damaged his eardrum and resulted in his permanent 40+% hearing loss.
I have absolutely no idea why I just bought this, but it seems like it could come in handy.
I read in the Amazon reviews to be sure to keep the tape in its own ziplock bag (because the adhesive will leak off the edges and stick to whatever surface it’s on), so I will definitely be keeping it wrapped up.
Thanks for posting that. Makes me feel lots better about pulling the trigger!! It’s the kind of stuff that’s nice to have hanging around for those times when you need it.
I have used similar things under pressure. If you do a complete circumferential around the pipe, it helps a lot. Especially if you can do it while it’s dry and not under pressure, let it sit for a few minutes then turn it back on. It can at least buy you some time till you can get a permanent repair made.
Newbie question… how is the end total price “steeply discounted”? The link that takes me to Amazon shows about $20, with free shipping. On here, yes $12 is better than 20 but when you add the 6 in shipping, it comes out only $2 cheaper… am I reading things wrong? Not trying to be a snot I swear, but want to understand why I should buy it off this site and not Amazon.
@chienfou@mbersiam Even mock leather surface texture will defeat a lot of tapes. And some vinyl comes with the surface treated with a glosser or a plasticizer that makes getting anything to adhere to it a real challenge. I haven’t tried this stuff yet, so I don’t really know how good, bad, or indifferent it is. But this report does not fill me with excessive confidence. Eh, we shall see.
My big question would be, how flexible the Alien tape would be, especially over time.
All my air mattresses develop holes at the seams.
I managed to take some old, clear 2"x2" self-adhesive repair patches that came with the mattresses and get them to work (on seams)! So far…
The old adhesive was obviously old and unsticky, kind of like grandma, but it would still stretch and contract, unlike grandma.
I scrubbed the surface just a bit with a bicycle tube scrubber. Probably didn’t help much - I was afraid of shredding the skin, again, like grandma.
I used some sort of Chinese “Shoe Goo” knockoff and clamped the flexible plastic/vinyl patch in place over too much Shoe Goo. The fresh adhesive removed the old patch stuff, so I was basically relying on the vinyl patch to hold the new flexible glue in place while it cured. I’m sure it helps to let the mattress material and the patch flex with each other and not just crack back open when I refill it.
This was not rubber cement. It fairly obviously melted into the vinyl and patch and seems (or is it “seams”?) to be holding. I truly thought that the adhesive was going to be pushed thru the holes and glue the mattress sides together when I clamped it, but it didn’t.
I assume that the glue has some solvent in it that is banned in the US, since it worked (on SEAMS!).
I love Shoe Goo! I also have used that for off-label repairs. Getting a seam to repair is always a major challenge. That seems to be a good solution though. I think roughing the surface a little bit before you put the Shoe Goo on could only help.