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 Re: Oxidized hard rubber
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2018-09-11 09:33

"I agree with you. It is impossible to dye black rubber. I have even tried to use a vacuum chamber with dye in it. While this worked a bit better then just dyeing it and letting it dry it was still not very effective."


If you follow the process described by Tom Ridenour, detailed earlier in the thread, you can successfully dye hard rubber. I have returned several greeny/grey hard rubber instruments, clarinets and flutes, to an even shiny black. On my personal instruments the process has lasted for perhaps 5 years without any deterioration. If they do show any signs of patchiness I'll just do it again, it only takes a few minutes after removing the keywork.

It doesn't work on plastic instruments, only on hard rubber. I haven't used the process on mouthpieces and I'm not sure that I'd want to. I've had good results on greenish rubber mouthpieces using very fine wire wool as used by cabinet makers followed with a light rub with almond oil. It hasn't affected the playing characteristics of the mouthpieces.

Tony F.

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