Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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?

  2. #2
    rhm
    rhm is offline
    multimodal commuter rhm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    NJ, NYC, LI
    My Bikes
    1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
    Posts
    14,112
    Mentioned
    178 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Senior Member SJX426's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Alexandria, Va
    My Bikes
    1972 Motobecane Le Champion(totaled), 1973 Bottecchia Giro d'Italia, 1983 Colnago Superissimo, 1984 Trek 610, 1984 Trek 760, 1994 Burley Duet, 1988 Pinarello Tre Cime, 88 Masi Gran Corsa (Frame), 1991 Pinarello Montello, 1997 Specialized RockHopper
    Posts
    3,910
    Mentioned
    43 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  5. #5
    The Improbable Bulk Little Darwin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    My Bikes
    Many
    Posts
    8,346
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

    People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    My Bikes
    Lovell; 1994 Trek 750 Multitrack; Fuji Connoisseur, Nashbar steel cyclocross, 06? Specialized Hardrock, 1976 Raleigh Record fixed gear conversion
    Posts
    207
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  7. #7
    Senior Member headloss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Western PA
    Posts
    933
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  8. #8
    Senior Member RobbieTunes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    17,350
    Mentioned
    96 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Has Anyone Used Plasti-Dip to Make Hoods?

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

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

    Who drummed for Thoreau?

    1986 Centurion Ironman
    1987 D'Arienzo SLX
    2002 Douglas Vector (gravel)
    2004 Cinelli XLR8R2
    2014 Wraith Hustle

  9. #9
    Disco Infiltrator Darth Lefty's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Orangevale CA
    My Bikes
    76 Paramount, 02 Hardrock, 72 Super Sport
    Posts
    2,846
    Mentioned
    29 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.
    Genesis 49:17

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  11. #11
    Freewheel Medic pastorbobnlnh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Ascending or Descending the NH Mountains NW of Concord!
    My Bikes
    Snazzy* Schwinns, Classy Cannondales, & a Lonely '83 Santana Tandem (* Ed.)
    Posts
    9,768
    Mentioned
    44 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Bob
    Riding the Dream during Summertime in NH!

    Visit my websites:
    FreeWheelSpa.com orpastorbobnlnh.com

  12. #12
    Senior Member rootboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Cape Cod
    Posts
    14,364
    Mentioned
    143 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    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.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  14. #14
    Senior Member headloss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Western PA
    Posts
    933
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •