Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

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    Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    I have two pretty rare Japanese Digital Spoon Secret Agent Man watches that have had the straps crack in two. Wondering if there is any way of repairing these. I know its a long shot but figure its worth a try.
    Please let know if there if anything out there.
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    Re: Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    Anyone?
    So I figured out a new way. Going you use to buckle side straps (I have two of the same watches) and put a deployment between them. Problem is that the one strap has a bad crack and I want to reinforce it before wearing. Any product out there for that? Like a flexible super glue or something.
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    Re: Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    This is a tough question, for sure... Perhaps some kind of rubber cement?

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    Re: Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    I am searching for a strong and flexible glue. Where the crack is doesn't need to move really. The straps are molded to the shape of the wrist. Want to add strength and prevent a full tear.

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    Re: Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    You could try rubberized cyanoacrylate. Available from several manufacturers, colored black, and flexible. Your best bet to find it in a brick & mortar store is to go to a hobby shop and look for cyanoacrylate sold for gluing rubber R/C car tires onto rims. "Bob Smith Industries" sells an excellent version pf this glue in the US, and it's widely distributed.

    One drawback is the possibility of the whitish "bloom" from the glue, so get accelerator for a rapid cure. If you want to avoid the "bloom," you'll have to get odorless cyanoacrylate. You may also want to get a primer, which cleans the substrate and chemically prepares it to be bonded.

    The second drawback is that cyanoacyrylates have relatively low shear strength (and most, except for the rubberized mix, are not flexible) so the fix might not work for long.

    And remember, if you try this and it doesn't work, you may end up with a completely ruined strap. The bonding ability of cyanoacrylates depends on the substrate. No warrany express or implied!

    When all is said and done, you might be best buying a new strap.
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    Re: Repairing a Cracked Rubber Strap

    Thanks. Because of the nature of the watch, the bands are molded in ans built to fit. I have tried custom fitting a different band and it just doesnt do it justice. Will look into that. Agian, the band hasnt broken yet, just crack so I want to add strength so it wont.

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