Latex sticking to itself?

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gramzy

New Member
hey all just got done with one of my backer rod dreads and i coated it in some latex from monstermakers only prob is when it touches latex to latex with another dread they stick together then it rips the latex. They have dried for almost 12 hours now. have i not waited long enough dry wise or did i forget to do something? i mixed my latex with some liquitex to give it a black color. any help would be awesome thanks. karl
 

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ptgreek

Active Member
give 'em a light dusting of baby powder right after it cures ..then wipe it down ..see how that works
 

gramzy

New Member
Sounds good ptgreek thanks for the fast reply btw when you say right after it cures do you mean like when its not tacky at all because after what about a half hour its dry but still slightly tacky or are you talking about when it isnt tacky at all?
 

ptgreek

Active Member
well generally when its not tacky..are you sure you arent putting the layer of latex on too thick ?..it cures from the outside in ,when there isnt anything like plaster to absorb the water from the latex ...since you are painting it on backer rod, it may take a while to set. Have you ever considered spraying the backer rod with Plasti-dip ..it might be easier for you ...less time consuming and will give you the same effect
 

gramzy

New Member
hmm maybe the fact i put two layers of latex on was the issue. the two layers i put on where really thin though. i tried the plasti dip method but i wasnt getting the results i was looking for i wanted a nice smooth surface for a better look thats why i tried the latex route ill see if the baby powder works when i get home and ill try only putting on one layer and letting that cure before i add the second coat. if that doesnt work ill go back to the plasti dip way but i really like the way the latex looks versus the plasti dip. i should of just bought some bambooie dreads!!!! but making my own stuff makes me feel like i accomplished something lol. thanks for the help mate
 

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ptgreek

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Oh, yes ..each layer should cure before the next. Im all for going for the method you desire best ..no matter how much work is involved. Good luck ..hope the suggestion works ..feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any more questions
 

Preds

New Member
i used plasti dip spray. (Black) works dreams with my dreads. i used to run into the same problem with the latex sticking dreads together
 

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