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'Restoring' rubber gear gaiter
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Riley Blue



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:14 pm    Post subject: 'Restoring' rubber gear gaiter Reply with quote

I have a replacement gear lever gaiter for my Riley but I've no idea how old it is and it's not that supple. Is there anything I can do to soften it and reduce the chance of it splitting?
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Penman



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
If you have a shop doing model aircraft with rubber motors there is a rubber lubricant they use to increase the durability of their rubber bands.

Come to think of it you might find that on line.

I believe "soft soap" is an alternative for the modellers
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Riley Blue



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I think I may have some saddle soap in a cupboard somewhere so will give it a try. If not, while tidying my garage earlier I found some Holts rubber lubricant which has 'softens' amongst its claimed properties.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glycerine well worked in does the jib.

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