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This old pair of bike gloves was splitting at the end of the fingers and after several attempts at fixing them with a combination of sewing and superglue, they were on the brink of becoming garbage. However, instead of tossing them we decided to try plasti-dipping them to extend their life.

The process took about 30 minutes to complete with an additional 4 hours of drying time. After about 3 weeks of biking nearly every day, the gloves are doing well with the plasti-dip remaining firm.

There was an initial loss of dexterity towards the fingertips, but after the first couple rides the plasti-dipped portions began to loosen up quite a bit. This, coupled with the increase in grip definitely improved the functionality, performance, and life of these once doomed gloves.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

For this you will need

  1. An old pair of gloves
  2. A pair of latex gloves
  3. A good amount of paper towel
  4. Performix Plast-Dip container

Step 2: Prep

  1. Clean gloves of any dirt or grease using soap and water and allow to dry.
  2. Spread out paper towel over your work area.
  3. Open Plasti-Dip container and stir slowly but thoroughly for approximately 1 minute.
  4. Once stirred, put on the blue latex gloves.
  5. Put on the damaged gloves over-top.

Step 3: Dipping the Gloves

  1. Insert finger at a time into the plasti-dip. Our product recommended doing this at a rate of 1" every 5 seconds.
  2. Repeat for remaining fingers.
  3. Repeat for other hand.

Step 4: Allow to Dry

  • Leave Gloves on hands and allow to dry.
  • Doing this outside is recommend due to the smell of the product and the possibility of spilling.

Step 5: Repeat As Neccasary

  • Repeat process to desired thickness.
  • We did two coats and it seemed thick enough.

Step 6: Dry

  1. Have someone help remove the gloves once they are dry to the touch.
  2. Allow them to dry and cure. Check the manufacturers recommendation, ours took approximately 4 hours.

Step 7: Go Out for a Rip!!!

  • Now you can conquer all those tails and jumps you always dreamed about...
Works well on garden gloves too
Great instructable! Made me laugh at the last step.
Simple and smart idea! Thanks.
Simple and smart! Thanks for the great idea.

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