Decoy Repair

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  1. Winchester-12

    Winchester-12 New Member

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    Have some 25-30 yr old plastic decoys that need some work--seems leak, few with holes and just plain wear and tear. Have tried the patchwork and paint but it only lasts a couple years.

    Has anybody ever filled them with spray foam insulation?

    If so, how did it work?

    Any other ideas aside from buying new?
     
  2. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Spray foam will absorb water and make your decoys weigh 10 pounds each.
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Either cut your losses and buy new ones, or take the time to fix em. If you fix them, and it only lasts a couple of years (the fix) then you aren't doing it right. If they are springing new leaks, then, as said above, either buy new or enjoy a day in the garage every summer.

    Billy Bob is right, spray insulation is just a sponge.
     
  4. Winchester-12

    Winchester-12 New Member

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    Thanks for the input......that's what I thought the foam would do but it can't hurt to ask.
     
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    Ringbill Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    I'm not 100% agreeing with those guys. Years ago I took 50--60 year old Herters & Victor decoys that my dad & I used when I was a kid & worked on them. At first, I just patched them & several started to leak & taking on some water in the next few years. Then I got the idea to foam them up.
    I bought the standard spray cans of window / door insulating foam, drilled a hole & filled them up. When dry, I cut off & scraped excess, dabbed paint & put them out here where I'm retired. I use them right here where I live & shot my first ducks. They're my "retro" set---a bit of tradition.
    I've got to say, that I've got 5--6 dozen of these & at times, in front of the old "Guide's Choice " box blind on our land, the decoys stay out at times for weeks. I've had no problems since I've foam filled them, so I think it's a good fix----at least on mine, IMO.

    Ringbill
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Well, if you seal up the areas that leak, then no, it won't take on water.
     
  7. Winchester-12

    Winchester-12 New Member

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    Keep the input coming, I think I may try a couple and float in the tub for a day or two.
     
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    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    If you use the incorrect amount of foam you may make the seam splits worse.
     
  9. Billy Bob

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    Or expand the body until it looks like a football.
     
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    Yep and yep.

    I seal holes, cracks and splits with two part epoxy made for plastic.

    This stuff> http://www.jbweld.com/products/plasticweld-epoxy-putty
    Or this stuff > http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/epxy_plstc_s/overview/Loctite-Epoxy-Plastic-Bonder.htm

    The jb weld dries to a smooth yellowish clear. The Loctite dries to a milky hazy clear.

    If you have a crack starting somewhere take a small drill bit and go about 1/16" beyond the farthest end of it and drill a hole. The crack will stop in the hole if it gets bigger. Seal the crack and the hole in the epoxy.

    Hit the repairs with sand paper to rough them a touch and they can be painted.
     
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