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Offline Barns

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Rubber refurb.
« on: March 04, 2019, 04:26:17 PM »
Guys I am sure I have seen on here or the DT forum a cocktail mentioned for bringing rubber back to life and black. I have my cylinder head fin rubber spacers to clean up. Does anyone remember or know where this thread was. Ta. Chaps. 🤪
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Re: Rubber refurb.
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 08:58:11 PM »
Yes I read something about this a while ago, bit complex but does an amazing job. Don't think it was on here though, maybe youtube? Annoyed I didnt save it.
Alternatively what I use is carplan black vinyl rubber and interior trim restorer, vinyl roofs, black bumpers etc. Had it for years, not sure if its still about, its like liquid boot polish. Does a great job and brings stuff up like new, eg. foot-peg rubbers, seats, grips, rubber bushes etc etc, makes them more ply able as well, its good to use tooth brush and wear gloves! It wont revive rock hard intake rubbers though.
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Re: Rubber refurb.
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2019, 09:13:57 PM »
Search "wintergreen" in the 250 and above section.
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Re: Rubber refurb.
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 06:42:05 AM »
3 Parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part Methyl Salicylate. FYI, if you buy the Methyl Salicylate as Oil of Wintergreen it will cost you a lot more for the same thing.
You need to leave the parts in the solution (outside or in the shed/garage coz it stinks, you have been warned  ;)) for around a week but the results can be excellent.

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Re: Rubber refurb.
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 06:49:54 AM »
I  used 3 parts Xylene and 1 part Wintergreen oil to refurb RD 400 engine dampeners.

Left in pan overnight (covered), took out in morning and let them dry out.  They had expanded a lot but after drying out returned to normal size

Have used this same formula to soften weatherstripping on my 280 ZX Turbo.
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Re: Rubber refurb.
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 06:50:03 PM »
Wow, it works! Left the Oil Pipe Holder in a jar of "witches brew" for a week and it's gone from being rock hard to soft and pliable again - swelled up by about 50% but should return to normal size as it dries out.
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