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Rubber domes with less tooling and cheaper goo

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#51 shmmee

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

My secret sauce just means that foam pulls off with the dart head, but dart heads still fall off after a few wars. I don't really care because slugs fall apart after just 1 war if the ground is wet at all (or sometimes fall off in the middle of the war) and glue domes have a lifespan drastically limited by trees.

I'm mixing GE Silicone II with DAP Alex Plus which seems to lower viscosity better than mineral spirits but contains such marvelous things as Formaldehyde http://www.dap.com/docs/msds/10002.pdf

Well, if you're pulling foam along with the head I'm convinced. Maybe I'll try mixing rubber cement in on a separate batch and see if that sticks without the formaldehyde.
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:31 PM

My secret sauce just means that foam pulls off with the dart head, but dart heads still fall off after a few wars. I don't really care because slugs fall apart after just 1 war if the ground is wet at all (or sometimes fall off in the middle of the war) and glue domes have a lifespan drastically limited by trees.

I'm mixing GE Silicone II with DAP Alex Plus which seems to lower viscosity better than mineral spirits but contains such marvelous things as Formaldehyde http://www.dap.com/docs/msds/10002.pdf


If you're desperate to recover a dart that did this, you can stuff rubber cement in the hole and mash the head back in. Sticks well, although I don't have enough data to comment on if the performance was affected.

Also it's good to hear y'all are experimenting with different types of squishy goos. I think that adding cornstarch is usually ruinous and leads to hard plastic domes, but Shmmee seems to have a magic formula with the mineral spirits that makes a softer-than-pure final material. I'm still unwilling to trade the caulk gun for a bag, so I haven't played with any mixtures.

Edited by KaneTheMediocre, 01 August 2014 - 05:54 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:46 PM

Aside from the mixing ability, you really do get much better control out of the bags.
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