Velcro, the modern wonder of our age...

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:56
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... and curse of our quick fix society, when it loses its grip. So, how does one go about rejuvenating the Hook and Loop on Velcro?

I am aware, that I can, and have, in the past, re sewn, and - or re glued (taped) Velcro on offending areas, where it has since lost its grip, or clogged up, etc.

Upon closer inspection, it always appears that it's the Hook, that is the offending culprit, it must get all full of loop, sand, hair, or whatever.

Have any of you out there got any sure fire ideas, that will allow me to clean the Hook portion of my Velcro tabs, so they will grip all good again?

Brushing the Hook pile with a brush was only met with very limited success.

Cheers

Wolfie

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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:47

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:47
a microscope and a the smallest pair of tweesers you can find!!

seriously, I asked SWMBO who is definately the expert in my house on subjetcs of this matter. She has the same problem as this witht he whell chairs at work. They use, would you beleive it, something most males (and selected females) will carry in their tool box.

A hack saw blade!!

It needs to be a newun, but gently run it along the velcro (as if you were using it as a comb) and it will take the thread out.

she asures me it works. I would appreciate it if you find that this doesnt work that you inform me ASAP so that appropriate action can be taken for the supply of misleading information.

Hope it works
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:08

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:08
This is what I will try today.

Thank you.

Wolfie
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:50

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 23:50
Wolfie,

I reckon the lot at this link are hoping that all types of velcro fails sooner rather than later.

CLICK HERE

Have a good one
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:12

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:12
Just imagine, how funny it would be, if sheep did have Velcro Wool. When they meet, they get all stuck together, and before long, you've got this whole moving woollen mass, measuring 300 x 400 metres, trying to fit through a stock gate...

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Kiwi Kia - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 11:58

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 11:58
And did you notice that most of the workers were ozzies on working holidays ! (now that's a contradiction in terms :-) )
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 02:13

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 02:13
Hey Wolfie,

Are you are starting a sewing circle here on exploroz:))))))))))

Cheers, Patrick
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:09

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:09
Sort of looking, for that instant bondage....lol...
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Reply By: Sparkiepete - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 07:04

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 07:04
Use a steel wire brush gently to remove offending rubbish. You can only use it on the hook mind you ;-)

Regards
Sparkiepete
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:13

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:13
If the hacksaw option, posted further up, doesn't work, I will try this.

Thank you,

Wolfie
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Reply By: lindsay - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 08:48

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 08:48
There is a commercial velcro available I have some supplied with a comecial G.P.S. unit. It comes as one strip and when first delivered i looked for the other side but both sides are the same and has hooks on both pieces. I don't know the name, however it had 3D written on the back of it. My G.P.S. supplier (Farmscan) sells it for $50.00 per metre and is very strong and you need to prize it with a screwdriver to get it apart.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:18

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:18
"...it had 3D written on the back of it..."

3D, or 3M?

Either way, it sounds what I could be looking for, especially if both sections are hook, because there could be less likely hood of loop getting stuck in the way.

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to go forth, and secure some more of this marvel material, have it analysed, and report back to us.

This message will self destruct in, oh... I don't know..... 5 years?

Wolfie
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Reply By: Steve - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 17:04

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 17:04
All you need to do is buy a piece of self-adhesive velcro (hook or loop) cut it in half and peel the backs off and stick them together. You'd have a job prising that apart.
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