Foam filling decoys

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  1. jeffc

    jeffc Senior Refuge Member

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    I have quite a pile of leaky plastic decoys (G&H M4Ms). In the past I have used a hot glue gun to patch holes with limited success. I am considering filling them with US Composites 2 pound density pourable closed cell foam. I am wondering if anyone on here has tried it, and if so, how it worked.
     
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    JohnBZ Elite Refuge Member

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    Screw that. I use quad spray foam. Unlike great stuff it doesn't absorb moisture. It is closed cell. It also has low expansion pressure so it is unlikely to crack the decoy if you drill a small relief hole.
    OSI® QUAD® Window & Door Installation Foam 16oz at Menards https://www.menards.com/main/p-1444432327570.htm
     
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    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    Hot glue doesn't hold. Any 3M sealant will hold forever, assuming the plastic area around the hole or crack is reasonably clean. A lot easier, lighter and cheaper than foam.
     
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  4. callinfowl

    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    Black 5200 is the best thing there is for repairing decoys.
    The repair will last longer than the decoy.
    It takes up to a week to dry 100% but once it's dry the stuff is amazing.:yes:tu
     
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    gadwall52 Elite Refuge Member

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    Plastic welder permanent repair
     
  6. tcc

    tcc Elite Refuge Member

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    One of these. Filling with foams makes them heavier and they WILL eventually take on water, closed cell foam or not. 3M 5200 is fantanstic stuff and would be ideal. You can also melt something like a cheap ball point pen to fill the holes; have done a few like that and it worked pretty well.
     
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    lax Elite Refuge Member

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    This^^^

    Once the surface area of expandable/closed cell foam is compromised it will absorb water to some extent eventually. A stray bb starts the process.
     
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    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

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    Go to your local Ace Hardware and get some caulk called Lexel. It is the best stuff I have found to fix decoys.
     
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    hobbydog Elite Refuge Member

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    5200 will fix just about anything. Never leave home without it.
     
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    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    Why fill with ball point pen, or anything else for that matter?
    Just try the 5200 once and you will see that you don't need to go through the process of melting anything. The stuff works and it's not going anywhere once it's dry.
    It comes in black or white, so you don't even have to touch up paint unless you want to be ultra anal about things.
    The duck don't give a crap in there is a smear of color in the wrong place.:no
     

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