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can i make my own bicycle-light housing out of silicone? Answered

for some small projects like a bicycle light housing, and selfmade handlebar-grips i am searching for the right material to use. i was thinking about using some kind of rubber-like material, probably silicone, so i can wrap it around the handlebar. unfortunately there are many different kinds of silicone to buy, all with different physical and mechanical properties - so i would like to know what silicone would be best for that project? or should i use something else? it should withstand moderate tearing while mounting, and should tolerate rain and sunshine, etc...

thanks for your help!

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dog digger

7 years ago

Sugru would work. Google it and read up on it.
It comes like thin blu-tack (easy to mould) and sets a hard silicone

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RavingMadStudios

8 years ago

I'd suggest checking out the Smooth-On website, and maybe contacting them for help. They do have an Encapsulating Silicone formula that is listed as being UV-resistant, and you might get useful info out of the technical bulletins for the various products as well.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Smooth-On in any way, just a satisfied customer. I am sure other companies have suitable products as well, I'm just not familiar with them.

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bayerRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

nice website, they have a lot of stuff! maybe i can find something useful there..

thanks!

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RavingMadStudiosbayer

Answer 8 years ago

Good luck! If it works out, be sure to take pictures and post an Instructable.