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    PVC cement instead of rubber tube cement?

    i was wondering

    could you use PVC cement instead of rubber tube cement for patching tubes?

    it smells equally poisonous, seems like it would dissolve and weld anything..

    just saying

    rubber patch cement is expensive and hard to find..

    plus mine seems to dry out before i can use most of it

    annoying

    >?
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    Nope, totally the wrong sort of glue intended for a totally other sort of material.

    If you're really stuck for an alternative I'd suggest you try the old style solvent based contact cement. The new water based stuff may work but it takes forever to dry to the right point for doing the joint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wle View Post
    i was wondering

    could you use PVC cement instead of rubber tube cement for patching tubes?

    it smells equally poisonous, seems like it would dissolve and weld anything..

    just saying

    rubber patch cement is expensive and hard to find..

    plus mine seems to dry out before i can use most of it

    annoying

    >?
    wle
    BCRider is correct about it being the wrong stuff. Patch cement isn't all that hard to find. You can find all kinds of it on-line and probably at most bike shops. Or just buy a new patch kit. To keep it from drying out, don't puncture the seal unless you need to. Once punctured, keep the cap as tightly as you can on the tube of glue. That works for me for about a year at a time. It also helps if you buy little tubes. That way you don't waste as much when they do dry out.
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    PVC cement is the wrong stuff as others have noted quite correctly. Buy a bottle of Elmer's Rubber Cement at any X-mart or office supply store for about $1 for a 4-oz bottle. It even comes with its own applicator brush. I've used it with Rema patches for years with excellent and reliable results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wle View Post
    i was wondering

    could you use PVC cement instead of rubber tube cement for patching tubes?
    As long as your tubes are made of PVC. Most tubes are made of butyl but some are latex.

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    You can get rubber cement at the auto store.

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    I get it at the grocery store for $1.00.

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    This is what I use for patches and anything else that needs glue that is pliable, I use it on my tent canopies also on rips I cut old tire tubes and apply the cement and use the rubber tube as a patch on rips works great! and many other uses.
    $4.97 a bottle

    Weldwood Original Contact Cement
    It may not be fancy but it gets me were I need to go.
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