Backer Rod Curve

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the eldest

New Member
Has anyone come up with a solution to taking the curve out of backer rod? I plan on making my beads from sections of shaped PVC pipe, but am unsure if this will add enough weight to straighten out the foam.
The dreads are already painted so I don't really want to put heat to them.
Someone must of found a solution in the past?
Help!!!
 

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skunk

New Member
the thing is with backer rod is that it has a small amount of memory.....so it needs to be braced straightend for a while...perhaps try getting some pvc pipe, just slightly larger than the dread, then insert it into the pipe and leave it for a few days or so......or just massage each dread by trying to curve it the oposite way....that way it might counter act the curve and straighten it a little.
 

TitanPredator

New Member
I used 5/8" backer rod for my dreads with 1/2" hot water couplings and they worked out great, and helped in straightening them out, however I found out as a newbie that you really need to get the black backer rod instead because you can't dye the gray one and the latex peels off when it dries.
 

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1elder

New Member
i just pulled on mine from both ends and took a hair dryer on low in the middle of them and they seemed to straighten out but you have to becareful when ordering them because i just brought a 100 ft roll off amazon suppose to be black but was really a charcoal color instead .the only thing i would stress is becareful not to hold hair dryer in one place to long or you will be making new ones like i had to. anyway hope that helps
 

the eldest

New Member
Thought I'd try adding weight to the dreads so came up with the idea of attaching clothes pegs to the end of each. Been hanging like that overnight and seems to of done the trick.
Thanks for the ideas guys.
 

METALBEAST

New Member
Just saw this post. I bought the gray 3/4" backer rod. I found that spraying black Plastidip on the backer rod works perfect. First I used sewing pins to straighten out each dred then applied a couple of coats to one side, let it dry then did the other side. Did not peel.
 

Kithunter

Well-Known Member
great ideas guys,

i used the ol hair drying and rolling on a table method, the material is very forgiving


AM
 

Double H

New Member
I heated mine over a hob (not for too long, making sure not to melt it) and then rolled it flat. Worked for me
 

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TitanPredator

New Member
well after searching the forums I also found many fellow Pred heads had used the Plasti-Dip so I went to The Home Depot (Lowes doesn't carry it here in Texas) and got some & sprayed one of my dreads and left it drying over night, the next day I twisted it, bent it, scratched it, pulled it, even went as far as cutting it with my knife and eureka!! The Plasti-Dip held up beautifully, it's been over a week that I finished all 40 dreads and that stuff stuck to them very nicely, I slid the painted coupling rings on them and nothing, so yes, Plasti-Dip is THE WAY to go on backer rods.

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