Friday, November 26, 2010

I found my rubber grip material

I want to thank all the kind readers who helped with ideas for how to rubberize an ereader (or other things) for a better grip. After many trials of many products, it seems I finally found a really good one.
(Hmm, I wonder if you can fuse two rubber edges together with heat?)

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Friday, November 26, 2010   9 comments links to this post


At 26 Nov 2010, 22:44:00, Anonymous Andreas Weber said...

"Hmm, I wonder if you can fuse two rubber edges together with heat?"


At 26 Nov 2010, 22:59:00, Anonymous AnotherAnonymous said...

So now you can hold it OK, but that nice sleek shiny sexy thing that first attracted you into buying now looks like shit? :-)

At 27 Nov 2010, 08:44:00, Blogger eolake said...

Sleek and shiny is OK, but it does not hold a candle to a device which just really, really works.

At 27 Nov 2010, 08:45:00, Blogger eolake said...

AW: "no"?
That saddens me.
It'd be nice to somehow fuse it into one case (I've put the rubber on the sides now also.)

At 27 Nov 2010, 08:46:00, Blogger eolake said...

Why not? Plastic does.

At 27 Nov 2010, 10:45:00, Anonymous Andreas Weber said...

eolake said...
Why not? Plastic does.

Thermoplastics do, thermosets don't. The former can be melted again and again, the latter form molecular bonds that can't be broken again without destroying the material.
There are "thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)", but from your description those pads are actual rubber, which is a thermoset. If you want to try to melt rubber, please go outside ;-)
(Welding TPEs isn't that great, either. The connection will be a lot weaker than the base material.)

At 27 Nov 2010, 17:37:00, Blogger eolake said...

Ah, thank you.

Tires do burn, I've noticed.

At 28 Nov 2010, 12:45:00, Anonymous Andreas Weber said...

On second thought, the vulcanizing fluid from your bike tyre repair kit might work ...

At 28 Nov 2010, 13:06:00, Blogger eolake said...

There's a thought.


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