How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?
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    Question How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    For those of you who have tried out the Bonetto Cinturini/Zuludiver 328 rubber NATO and find it long, what have you done? Have you trimmed it?

    I can convert it to a RAF-like strap by removing the retaining strap and changing up the last keeper so that it will accept a folded tail. But wondering if folding the tail of a rubber NATO will lead to ripping?
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    If it is a nice BC strap folding should not compromise it, but it could accidently tag a few things when doubled in size.

    There are videos on YouTube on how to trim a strap if you decide that route, but I would practice on something first if you try it, IMHO.
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Thanks, I actually decided to go ahead and trim it with an exacto blade. I didn't bother trying to cut a rounded end as I knew that it would end up looking like a hack job. I just cut three straight edges for the tail end. Got it to the length I need without making it look too homemade.

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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by kplam View Post
    Thanks, I actually decided to go ahead and trim it with an exacto blade. I didn't bother trying to cut a rounded end as I knew that it would end up looking like a hack job. I just cut three straight edges for the tail end. Got it to the length I need without making it look too homemade.
    Cut to size and use fine sand paper to finish off the edge. I've cut many BC Italian rubber straps with great success.
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Any suggestion on sandpaper grit to use on the rubber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Pierce View Post
    Cut to size and use fine sand paper to finish off the edge. I've cut many BC Italian rubber straps with great success.
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by kplam View Post
    Any suggestion on sandpaper grit to use on the rubber?
    You can use heavier grit to remove more material but I finish with 400 to 600 for a fine edge. The exact grit is not too critical for a factory look.
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Thanks for the tip! Will give this a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Pierce View Post
    You can use heavier grit to remove more material but I finish with 400 to 600 for a fine edge. The exact grit is not too critical for a factory look.
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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Here's how I ended up trimming my rubber NATO. I did follow the advice above and used 600 grit sandpaper to smooth and round off the cuts. It does work well and looks like the strap was originally like that.



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    Re: How to deal with long rubber NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by kplam View Post
    Here's how I ended up trimming my rubber NATO. I did follow the advice above and used 600 grit sandpaper to smooth and round off the cuts. It does work well and looks like the strap was originally like that.



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    Well done, my friend! Looks great.
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