Fixing Alesis cymbal

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Fixing Alesis cymbal

Postby jgrills » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:42 pm

The rubber is separating from the main cymbal, and the flappy rubber is causing errant hits. I tried an easy fix with some strong double stick tape, but that didn't last too long. I've now completely cleaned the cymbal and the rubber of all the previous failing adhesive, so I now have clean surfaces to reattach to each other.

What should I use to reattach the two? From what I could tell from cleaning it, I think they have template-cut double-stick adhesive patches that exactly match the shared surfaces. I've been thinking about spray adhesive or some large patches as well. Please advise!
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Re: Fixing Alesis cymbal

Postby jgrills » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:21 am

This is currently the leading candidate:

http://eclecticproducts.com/products/e6000.html

I think the "permanently flexible" and "vibration proof" features of this adhesive matter the most, particularly because the cymbal undergoes so many (and forceful) impacts from the drum sticks.
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Re: Fixing Alesis cymbal

Postby LoopyChew » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:08 am

Those do sound like good arguments for this adhesive. "Bonds to rubber," too.
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Re: Fixing Alesis cymbal

Postby jgrills » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:51 pm

So figured I'd report back on the E6000. The stuff is amazing and I've been using it for a lot of other electronics as well. There is one super important tip to be aware of when working with this stuff, it shrinks significantly when it dries. The first time I tried the E6000 on the cymbal, I smeared on a super thin coat, but the rubber easily peeled off afterwards and I could see there were just small sport of the adhesive left. The next time I did it, I used a tube and a half and it's be great since.

Turns out E6000 is also good for potting electronics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potting_(electronics) except for that shrinkage problem (which can be overcome with multiple coats), but in terms of the final result, I like the E6000 versus using something like GE Silicone II.
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