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How to glue latex and zippers

SAFETY FIRST: When working with cleaner or glue, always use solvent resistant gloves and wear protective glasses or shield. Work only in areas with sufficient ventilation or wear a respirator with cartridges for organic vapor . If the glue or cleaner comes into contact with skin, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

What you will need:

-latex sheeting
- thick latex sheeting to make the stripes for reinforcing the edges
- vulcanizing glue and small brush
-zipper glue, if you also want to attach the zipper to latex
-rotary cutter
-latex cleaner
...alcohol, toilet paper, needle and thread, scissors, zipper with as many sliders as you need, cellulose glue
First you need to cut the pieces of latex which you want to glue together. Best cuts can be achieved with rotary cutter, but scissors also can be used.
Because latex curls up, when the vulcanizing glue is applied onto it, you will need to temporarily reinforce the edges of latex. For this step , use strips of thick latex (0.8mm or 1.2mm / 0.0316in or 0.0474in thickness) and 1-1.5cm / 0.4-0.6in wide.
In our case, we will be fine with two strips. How many you will need will depend on, how many edges you will need to reinforce. The strips can be re-used.
Clean the strips with cleaner. Don´t forget to use gloves and make sure, that you have sufficient ventilation. When latex comes in contact with any solvent, it will curl up. This is a common phenomenon, there is nothing to worry about - the latex will return to its original shape after few minutes.
After the strips dry, apply vulcanizing glue on the clean side. They will curl up again, but as before , the curls will disappear after about 15 minutes.
Strips which you have prepared in the previous step will be temporarily stuck on the outer side of the seam, so you will need to clean this area with alcohol and toilet paper. This will allow the strips to stick to the latex. Why toilet paper ? It is better for cleaning then cloth since it does not leave lint.
After about 15-20 minutes the strips are ready to be stuck on the edge of the latex.
Stick them right on the edge of latex. In this phase, it is important to not to press the strip too hard, as it would result in indents in resulting seam. Just gently put the strip in place.
Then press the strip to the latex with the palm of your hand.
Now press the stripe with your thumb. This will prevent any indents on the seam.
The strip is now stuck on the latex. Repeat this procedure for both pieces.
When both pieces have their edges reinforced, we can start cleaning the edges ( where the seam will be ) with latex cleaner. Again, use toilet paper rather then cloth. The latex must be cleaned very thoroughly. The seam will be about 0.5cm/0.2in wide, so the area, which you need to clean should be a little wider. Thanks to the reinforcing strip on the back of the latex, it will not curl up during the cleaning.
After ir dries completely (about 20 minutes) we can apply glue to both pieces.
After the glue dries (10-15minutes), we can assemble the pieces together - again, don´t press it, just gently put it in place.
Then press the seam with the palm of your hand .
Then firmly press it with your thumb .
Now you can remove the strips. They should come off fairly easily. By this time , the seam is done. Let it cure at least 24 hours before stressing it. During this period the glue will vulcanize and develop a stong bond to the latex.
If you want your new latex outfit to have a zipper attached, you can now proceed with it. First, round up the edges of the zipper.
It definitely looks better than with edges!
To prevent the slider from running into the latex, you will need to put some sort of stop at the end of the zipper. It´s very easy just to sew few rounds of thread about 2cm/0.8in from the end.
This is what it should look like. The thread should be the same color as the zipper.
Because the cloth of the zipper is very porous, it would not stick to the latex. So before gluing the zipper to latex you must first impregnate the cloth with the "Zipper glue". This way you will fill the fabric with material, which can be glued to latex. The zipper glue you use should be the same color as the zipper itself (in our case , black). You don´t need to worry about the fact , that the glue looks grey at the first - it will turn black after it dries.
To help the glue to penetrate all microcavities, press the cloth gently with fingers.
Also the stop at the end of the zip should be impregnated with the zipper glue. It will dry within about 1 hour, depending on temperature.
This is, what the zipper looks like, after we have applied the zipper glue to it. You can now notice, that it has taken on rubber-like appearance and has already turned black .
Now you can apply the vulcanizing glue to zip.
Any latex, which you want to attach to the zipper should be treated the same way as if you were gluing it to any other piece of latex - it should be reinforced with a thick strip at the edge on one side and cleaned with latex cleaner on the other side.
Now apply the vulcanizing glue also on the latex sheeting.

After it dries (10-15 minutes) you can start assembling zipper and latex together.

Because the zipper does not stretch, you can press the latex with your thumb right away.

Remove the strip. If any end of the zipper remains open (like at the neck), put small drop of cellulose glue at the last 3-4 teeth on both sides of the zipper to prevent the slider from falling off the zipper. And it´s done! Enjoy ... :)

Don´t forget to add to your order : talc ( makes dressing up easier ) - and latex polish ( enhances natural gloss of latex )
Talc powder
6.75 EUR
Latex polish & lube
10.14 EUR