How to Apply Rubber Coating

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 soft cloths or rags

  • Latex gloves

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Rubber coating (premixed)

  • Bench vise

  • Scrapper

  • Paint tray

  • Paint brush or roller

  • Thinner designed for rubber coating (optional)

  • Sprayer (optional)

  • Nose mask

Rubber coating is used on a variety of surfaces including wrenches and other tools.

Available in a variety of colors, rubber coating is a durable substance used to seal tools, flooring, and a number of other surfaces. The coating, available at hardware and home improvement stores as well as online, is liquified and has the consistency of glue, but is much stronger than glue. When applying a rubber coating to surfaces, you need to coat the surface evenly and quickly so all sides of the surface dry at the same time and don't contain bubbles of wet rubber coating.

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Applying by dipping

Step 1

Wipe the tool or other object you want to apply the rubber coating to with a soft cloth or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the object. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands clean and to keep the rubber coating off of your hands.

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Step 2

Use a flat head screwdriver to open the lid on a container of premixed rubber coating. Lay the lid to the side.

Step 3

Dip the end of the tool or other object quickly and evenly into the container of rubber coating. Only the dip the tool or other object one time.

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Note, multiple wet layers of the rubber coating will delay dry time. You must wait until the rubber coating dries before you can re-dip the tool or other object.

Step 4

Place the coated tool or other object in a bench vise with the coated end upright. Tighten the vise. Let the rubber coating dry according to the recommended time on the coating's container.

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Step 5

Release the vise's grip and remove the tool or object once the rubber coating is dry. If the rubber coating is not thick enough or not to your liking, repeat steps 3 through 5.

Applying by paint brush

Step 1

Complete steps 1 and 2 in the "Applying by dipping" section of this article.

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Step 2

Use a scrapper to guide 3 cups of remixed rubber coating onto a paint tray.

Step 3

Dip a paint brush into the rubber coating. Apply the rubber coating to the surface evenly and quickly. You can also use a paint roller to apply the rubber coating to the surface.

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Step 4

Re-dip the paint brush as needed and continue applying the coating to the surface until the surface is completely covered.

Step 5

Let the rubber coating dry according to the recommended time on the coating's container. If the rubber coating is not thick enough or not to your liking, repeat steps 3 through 5.

Tip

You can also apply rubber coating using a household/commercial sprayer. Add paint thinner to the rubber coating before pouring the coating into the sprayer otherwise the rubber coating will clog your sprayer. Wear a nose mask and work in a well-ventilated area as you spray the coating evenly over the surface you want to cover.

If the smell of the rubber coating bothers you, wear a nose mask and work in a well-ventilated area.

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