Urgent: need epoxy equivalent for cloth

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  1. Luthier Vandros

    Luthier Vandros Tele-Holic

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    Hi, all.

    My wife wife is on the front lines of this nasty virus in a medical capacity. Her old emergency stash of
    N95 masks have useless straps due to age and poor storage conditions. Is there a bonding agent than can join cloth without hardening and tearing adjacent material? Needs to be able to withstand some tension.

    TIA!
     
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    How about some elastic and a needle & thread?
     
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    Flexible contact cement like in a bike tube repair kit. Adhesive backed velcro strips.
     
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    ... it's called a stapler...
     
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    Silicon rubber cement. Mine have broken straps too. Also Holding them in place w a bandana or piece of cloth tied in back works fine for me for lawn mowing where my head moves a lot, and adds another layer of filtering.
     
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    Stitch Witch - comes liquid or iron strip
     
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    I'd be concerned about the efficacy of the old masks if they've been sitting stored so long and so poorly that the straps are goners. If the straps are gone, I'd worry about the nose bridge and nose foam being degraded as well, as those impact fit and seal quality.
     
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    A needLe and thread is the best way to repair them. If the rubber in the elastic has decayed it’ll have to be replaced. If new elastic isn’t available, sew four long strips of any cloth or cord on so they can be tied behind the head.
     
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    bandana holder sounds better than the head-wrap w/ longer rubber bands

    bonus function - keeps the m95 clean & untouched

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Latex Glue or Contact Glue
     
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    You could use a stapler, with the rubber cement.

    Epoxy comes in all shapes and sizes (variety), but none would work well with the mask material.


    The perfect is the enemy of the good.

    These elastic straps are ridiculous. They age out way before any other element of this mask, IMO.
     
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    Yeah they do. I dont have anything but 3 wood working cheap masks here. The rubber is gone on all of them. I guess they are only intended for short time use. Saw a thing the other day comparing materials to make masks out of. #2 on the list after a real N95 is vacuum cleaner bag material. For cloth, T shirt cotton was the best.
     
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    hot glue. glue gun. should do the trick. good luck man, and great job improvising. We gave a bunch of masks from work to our local hospital and urgent care places... we are still using them for food service, but we had a bunch, so we shared.
     
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    Yes, hot glue.

    But don's use it on any fabric that will be laundered and tossed into a dryer.
     
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    My first thought would be to sew the mask into a new mask “cover”. made from any normal cotton or poly material at hand. Make the straps long enough to tie back.

    My church’s quilting group is being asked to do something like this.
     
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    Yes, I’d forgotten about this amazing stuff.
     
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    Yup.
    Rubber cement used PROPERLY.
    Apply to both surfaces, LET DRY, stick together.
     
  20. Chud

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    Something is better than nothing, for sure. It's part of CDC's recommendations to make sure that the nose bridge and foam aren't degraded along with the straps is why I raised it as something to also be aware of.
     
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