Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By robertrock

Thread: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Member kramer5150's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,604

    Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    Has anyone tried to cut, punch or melt extra holes in NATO / Zulu nylon straps?

    How did it turn out? Any success stories and pics?

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    94

    Re: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    Given how so many stupid,useless threads can go on for dozens of pages, you'd think this perfectly valid and useful question would get at least a little attention. Anyway, I haven't tried making any new holes myself, but if I were going to, I'm thinking I might go to my local thrift/Goodwill-type stores, and grab a cheap nylon belt for a buck or so, and start experimenting. I guess the old-school method would probably be to heat a nail with a lighter, and force it through, but I imagine a soldering iron is preferred. If you don't have one, Harbor Freight sells their lower-end unit for just a few bucks (like $4 or so, IIRC. Mine works fine.)
    Hope this was helpful, good luck.....

  3. #3
    Member CrownAndBuckle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    FL, USA
    Posts
    2,818

    Re: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    I've used a leather punch on nylon before. It works okay. The problem is sealing the hole after cutting it so it doesn't fray terribly. It's hard to do with a lighter. The best way to do it that I've seen is to fold the strap in half over the new hole and try to seal it best you can with a lighter. It will not look that pretty, but it will work okay.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member robertrock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Round Rock,TX
    Posts
    201

    Re: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    Use a hot nail about the size of the hole. Heat it up with a lighter and push it through.
    AngelDeVille likes this.
    G-Shock(14)
    GW-9010-1

    GW-9200 Dragon
    G-7700
    G-9000-MC, G-9000-1V
    GW-200TC-3V
    DW-5600E (3)
    DW-6600C SE, DW-6600
    DW-6900, G-2300B, G-7500

    Pathfinder(2)
    PAW1300g-1v, PAG40
    Seiko(2)
    SKX173, SSC021
    Timex(1)
    Luminox(2)
    Suunto Vector

    My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-.
    - Jack Nicholson

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    239

    Re: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    Using a soldering iron or hot nail will work, BUT you can get 'donut' holes around the hole. If you get the temperature 'just right' both sides will have perfectly formed/ smooth 'donuts'. Too cool, the strap will begin to melt, then harden and you get a rough hole w/ hard/stiff plastic sticking out OUCH! Too hot and the hole is too large and the melted plastic will stick to the tool and again result in sharp bits sticking out.

    I use a large leather /twine needle and wave a BBQ lighter back and forth to heat the needle, then push straight into the strap. If it got through I let the needle stay still for several seconds then twist it to pop it free. I use an xacto knife to trim away excess 'donut'.

  7. #6
    Member kramer5150's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,604

    Re: Melting holes in NATO/Zulu straps?

    OK thanks for the replies. I will try some of those ideas

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •