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    Has Anyone Used Plasti-Dip to Make Hoods?

    To make a long story short, I cut the old hoods off my bike due to them being in bad shape. I considered replacement hoods but to get them on, I would have to take the whole brake assembly apart and it seems like more trouble than its worth. Has anyone used Plasti-Dip to make hoods?

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    I tried once. I didn't figure it out. I've had better luck making them out of leather. @rootboy makes better leather ones than I.

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    I cannot imagine Plasti-Diping a brake lever base without removing it from the bike! In any case, the material is way to hard and getting the shape could be challenging. That is IMHO. @rhm would know better with is attempt.

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    The other thing I was considering doing was taking a hood and cutting it apart to get it on the brake hood. Then I could reattach it back together with some rubber cement or something similar.

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    The hardest part of replacing hoods is rewrapping the bars, but even that seems like it is not so unreasonable that I would even consider doing something that wouldn't be as reliable and durable as replacement using the appropriate hoods and process. I spend way too much time riding on the hoods when I am on my drop bar bike to fiddle with anything but the right hoods and mounting.
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    I tore one pretty bad so it's held on with a bunch of electrical tape. It looks rednecky as hell & also sucks when it gets hot because the tape moves around; but I intend to upgrade the groupset in the near future so it works for now.

    There was a pretty good thread in the last few weeks about replacement hood in which people talked about 3D printing and custom moldings, which is all way beyond my paygrade. However I liked that (and this) discussion way better than when I asked the question in the mechanics forum and basically got "herp derp why don't you just replace the shifter" etc.

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    I use liquid electrical tape to repair small cuts in the hoods and tape without issue. I say it's worth a try. But really, it's not that hard to rewrap tape.

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    Has Anyone Used Plasti-Dip to Make Hoods?

    only for my kids....they didn't like it much, but their hair stayed dry.

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    I could see getting a successful coating just painting it on. I couldn't see it looking good. Some brake levers hide the end of the cable in the hood and use the hood as a return spring for the lever. You're not going to get that to work. I think you'd be better off wrapping it with the bar tape in a figure 8 as you wrap the bar. Unless you do use the hoods, you might just skip it.

    Also, are you certain you can't thread the cable out of the lever once it's loose from the caliper? Then you should be able to get the hood on without removing the lever.
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    To take the cable out, i'd have to disassemble the entire brake assembly and the cable near the cantilever most likely wouldn't go back in (its the original cable and probably very stubborn). I really don't feel like opening up that can of worms. I think I might try the liquid electrical tape. That looks simple enough to work with. I could throw the old hoods back and repair them or cut the new ones I have and use the liquid tape to get it back together.

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    I once did a restoration on a Peugeot which used the MAFAC levers with the half hoods. The hoods which were installed had some minor cracking but lousy color. I used spray Plastic Dip to slowly coat and build up the upper surface. I lost track of how many thin coats I laid down, but at least a dozen. As I proceeded, I trimmed any excess at the edges after each coat dried. This kept the edges neat and looking as close to original as possible.

    In the end it would be difficult to tell the difference between these restored hoods and NOS ones. This restoration was for a friend and he continues to ride the bike regularly for the bast year. They are holding up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    Has Anyone Used Plasti-Dip to Make Hoods?

    only for my kids....they didn't like it much, but their hair stayed dry.
    Hmm. Halloween is coming up.

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    I ended up buying a container of liquid electrical tape and put the old hoods back on and filled in the holes with the liquid tape. It looks a little rough but it seems to hold up okay. Thank you for the recommendation of the liquid tape. I never knew an item like this existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 09box View Post
    I ended up buying a container of liquid electrical tape and put the old hoods back on and filled in the holes with the liquid tape. It looks a little rough but it seems to hold up okay. Thank you for the recommendation of the liquid tape. I never knew an item like this existed.
    Glad it worked. Another useful product that you may not have heard of is sugru; if the liquid electrical tape doesn't hold up in the larger holes, try that.

    Honestly, I'm not sure that the liq. electrical tape is any better or worse than the plasti-dip you were initially considering... they're quite similar.

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