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Can sugru be reused after it has cured and been removed? Answered

     I saw an instructable on using sugru to make "bumpers" on the corners of an iPhone to protect it from shock and the like.  This looks like a good idea, but I don't really want to have a bunch of silicone on my phone all the time--just when it has a higher risk of taking a bad drop (hiking, for instance).  The instructable says that the sugru can be removed, but it does not say whether or not the molded corners can be removed and put back on as needed.  Does anybody know if this is possible?  Thanks!


Hello mad magoo, this is an interesting problem. With the iPhone 4, the sugru corners come off very nicely in one piece, so in theory they can be reused. To pop them back on you can use a small piece of sugru as it bonds brilliantly to itself. You might not want to open a new sachet just for that little job as you will have about 4g left !!!!! Having said that, you could have another hack lined up so that none gets wasted. Another option is to save your sugru corners and use them as an aggregate in a larger hack. You can chop them into smaller pieces to bulk up another hack. No waste :) Lemonie, your cling film tip works brilliantly and to achieve a great smooth surface on your sugru hack, you can gently rub the surface with soapy water. This gets great results. James

If you want it removable: wrap your phone in cling-film and then silicone it. You get a slicone-case that goes on and off.


That's just darned smart. I was thinking about making my own protector/etc case for a Droid I purchased a couple months ago but gave it up because I couldn't figure out how to make my own molded case. Thanks Lemonie. Brilliant solution.

Not that brilliant - the inside is OK, but the outside finish is (I don't know)


idk. the outer shape is pretty easy to determine. it was the inner holding me back. I really didn't want to have to fashion something to duplicate the phone. Is clever a more acceptable compliment? ;-)

Either, I'm just someone who worries about the outter, but I guess you'd solve that one too in the process.


No. Not as designed. Since they just cover the corner they have to be stuck to stick on. Otherwise if the sticky is broken they fall off. Even in the inst. or the cmments they mention that they don't stick on the new glass you must have metal contact for them to stay on.

If you did an loop around the top and the bottom like a rubber band you could remove them and replace them later.