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Old 07 January 2007, 06:39   #1
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removing rubber handles

hi i am a new member trying to rebuild my flatacraft however i need to replace 2 rubber handles can anyone please help me by advising best way to do this and remove old glue from tubes thanx taxibill
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Old 07 January 2007, 06:43   #2
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hi i am a new member trying to rebuild my flatacraft however i need to replace 2 rubber handles can anyone please help me by advising best way to do this and remove old glue from tubes thanx taxibill

Gently use a heat gun and a blunt screwdriver to prize off the handles, you might need to use pliers to pull it off. Once you have the handles off you will need to gently use a flap sander on a drill to scuff the glue off and this also prepares the tubes for the gluing.

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Old 07 January 2007, 10:21   #3
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As stephen said removal is quite easy if you apply heat with a paint stripping heat gun to soften the glue.

To remove the old glue the quickest way for me was as follows,
Mask the area of the new handle to avoid damaging the exposed tubes.
Use an Nylon abrasive wheel connected to a battery drill to remove the old glue (much care is needed as you only want to remove the glue and the finest layer of tube)
Something like this is available from B&Q


Once the glue is off and the area is cleaned with thinners its just a matter of applying the glue and fitting the new handle (you can also use the abrasive wheel on the back of the handle to give a good key for adhesion)

The flap sander also works but I found the abrasive wheel was quicker and more presice
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