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Rubber Bumpers on your Running Pliers

I don't know if I am imagining it or not, but does it seem like the little rubber/plasticy tips on your running pliers don't last as long as they used to?

Lately, it seems, every I pick up a pair of running pliers, the tips are falling off or other varing degrees of breakdown and needs replacing. As a retailer of supples, they seem to be one of those overlooked products for many reasons. They are tiny, transparent, and not very exciting to inventory! When I do remember to order them, they often come in too big or too small for fit the pliers in need.

Comes in a variety of colours!

I have come up with a solution that will fit all brands of steel running pliers. Plasti Dip! It is a rubber paint!

The idea came from other tools in my tool box that have a rubberized handles, pliers in particular. I wondered where the rubber coating came from and started digging around on-line for a rubber dip or paint. I found this plastic dip but only in the, I ordered a can and gave it a try.

Prior to starting with the dip, I read the instructions! Then I figured it would be wise to first remove the worn out running plier tips and clean the surface with denatured alcohol to remove any greasy residue. I found an old vase that would hold my running pliers up in the air so the dip could dry unabstructed. Last but not least, I figured out how to use my clock on my mobile phone as a timer...that was cool, and a new trick for me!...I don't know half the stuff my phone can do!

First of 4 dips.

I took the plunge, litterally! I dipped the pliers and set them in the vase for 30 minutes. I went about my work and when the timer went off, I dipped them again. I dipped the pliers a total of 4 times. I let them dry for 24 hours before I tried them out on glass. They worked great!

The top of your running pliers is the side with the nut on it.

It is handy to put a little mark on the top to help you find the right side up for running the score. I drew it on with a sharpie marker.