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Have been using fragile JDM baits. They seem to tear easily.

 

Is Mend-It the only way to fix these plastics? Or is there a similar type of chemical one can buy to achieve the same results? 

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4 hours ago, Jig Man said:

My plumber smelled it and said that he has a truck load of it, pvc glue.

Excellent! I figured there would be something that would chemically "melt" the bait back together

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Yeah.  I've not used mend it nor anything like that.  But I imagine MEK and acetone, which is two of the ingredients in PCV cement, might do the trick.  Assuming it's not too caustic and dissolves too much of the soft plastic before evaporating and melting it back together.  And I wouldn't want to do it on a plastic kayak.  Might have to try some experimenting yourself to get the proportions right so it melts it just enough to work without creating a huge mess.  

 

Personally, I just save them and remelt them later to make new baits.  

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Mend It just works for me. I buy the 1oz bottle. Just keep it in the fridge when not in use. One bottle will do 200 plus repairs so $12-$14 a bottle is worth it to me. I have not tried just PVC glue so I will not speak to whether it works or not. I did search for reviews about using it and they are all over the place about whether it works or not. That's why I just stick with Mend It. I did try the Spike-It fix a lure and it did not work as well as Mend It.

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50 minutes ago, heavyduty said:

Mend It just works for me. I buy the 1oz bottle. Just keep it in the fridge when not in use. One bottle will do 200 plus repairs so $12-$14 a bottle is worth it to me. I have not tried just PVC glue so I will not speak to whether it works or not. I did search for reviews about using it and they are all over the place about whether it works or not. That's why I just stick with Mend It. I did try the Spike-It fix a lure and it did not work as well as Mend It.

I can't find it locally, and the online places here are always sold out...So I was looking for an alternative to hold me over until I could get the Mend It

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MEK will melt any area that it touches and keep going, plus it’s some nasty stuff. I used to use it as an additive frequently when I ran a chemical company.

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46 minutes ago, ooga0341 said:

MEK will melt any area that it touches and keep going, plus it’s some nasty stuff. I used to use it as an additive frequently when I ran a chemical company.

Ya - stay away from MEK at all costs...that stuff is nasty. We used it at one place to remove tank insulation during refurbishment that had been installed with contact cement that got 'baked' on due to the heat of the liquid in the tanks.

 

Mask, gloves, and working in the dock area with the overhead doors open was minimum...

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If you have a friend in the medical field, see if he/she can get you one of the devices that are used for eye surgery. They’re a fine wire soldering gun with a self contained battery. Put the tip between the torn parts,’press the button and the wire will heat up. Slide it out of the worm and you’re done. The battery lasts for several years

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