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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:05 am    Post subject: Straightening old rubber Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a fifty year old hard rubber battery tray that is impossible to replace, and is in good enough condition to use. Problem is it is bent, how do you get old rubber to release its shape and take a new shape? I have had weights on it for nearly a year.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:08 am    Post subject: Re: Straightening old rubber Reply to specific post Reply with quote

try boiling it in water
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: Straightening old rubber Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Put it in an oven and gently heat it until it is malleable. Start at about 150 degrees and see if that is enough and go from there. You will then need to fabricate some kind of a form to clamp it to until it cools.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Straightening old rubber Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We used to use gasoline to soften tire beads back in the day.

Some gas soaked rags and over bending it to shape might be a start.
 
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