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#1 RodCrombie

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 09:37 AM

I have an old style 3a vest and like many things is starting to show it's age. Specifically the velcro on the waist belt is starting to wear out. How do I replace it? Is it just a matter of me taking the stitches out and then restitching, (I'm assuming by hand) some new fuzzy velcro? Any ideas, suggestions would be welcome.

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#2 RobVanGelder

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:03 AM

Find the adhesive type, 2" wide and put that on the (cleaned and de-greased) plastic, after you have removed the old stuff by hand.
Than go to the shoe repair shop or a leather shop specialized in repairing bags and such and have them stitch the velcro again.

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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 04:59 PM

Than go to the shoe repair shop or a leather shop specialized in repairing bags and such and have them stitch the velcro again.

The guy here in LA that does back straps and other mods would be the right guy for this I think. I've forgotten his name at the moment, but hopefully someone else will chime in with the right info. He does good work and he's inexpensive.
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#4 AdamKeith

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:00 PM

Peter Abraham added back straps to my master vest. I think he does other Vest Mods.

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Adam Keith
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#5 RobVanGelder

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 01:20 PM

On my old III vest I had the velcro replaced and than with the nylon seat belt straps I made the new belts, same procedure, adhesive 2" velcro and stitching. But I put velcro on both sides so that I could have a 3 strap, with velcro on 1 side that will cover and hold the 2 side straps together. This helped very well agains loosening during the take.

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#6 pbalsdon

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 01:48 AM

Initially I took the leather straps from my Master Film vest and some new velcro to an old Greek cobbler. He was unable to stitch such heavy leather but sent me home with instructions to apply Contact Adhesive Glue to the back of the velcro and the areas where it attached to the leather and leave it to dry overnight before attaching. In the morning I was to heat the glued areas with a hot hair dryer before fitting them into place and then beating the hell out of them with a rubber mallet. Following this I took them to a saddle maker who could stitch the heavy leather and as well stitching the edges he ran another line of stitches along the centre of the velcro.
Better than new now, but what will we do when all these craftsmen who built things to last have passed on.

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#7 PeterAbraham

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 06:43 PM

There's no Greek cobbler like an old Greek cobbler, I always say.

I do a fair bit of vest mods and re-builds, always have. I use the self-adhesive Velcro, BUT- very key- I use a heat gun to greatly soften the velcro down, and I use very very coarse sandpaper to roughen up the surface first.

Works like a chahm.

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#8 jay kilroy

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 08:11 PM

I have seen Peter's work, TOP NOTCH! The 3A vest you did for Mike looks and works like new.
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#9 PeterAbraham

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Posted 12 August 2004 - 06:31 AM

Hey thanks, Jay !! I was afraid you wouldn't even FIND the vest bag tucked up into that big pile. :D One does what one can.

The biggest alteration I do to older vests isn't replacing the plastics and straps, although I do a lot of that. I re-work the chest strap system totally to one I came up with. It leaves you with a single strap, and can be tightened down as hard as you can stand it but released quickly and easily.

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