Restoring A Wooden Handle Rubber Squeegee

Last weekend I started filming an instructional video on removing a super glued rubber squeegee from a wooden squeegee handle. When I asked around how to go about doing this I didn’t get any direct answers. So I gave it a shot and filmed what I learned. Here is the video:

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Now, a couple things to note that aren’t in the video. My new squeegee rubber is a the triple durometer variety, 70/90/70. I purchased it on eBay from Gold-Up USA. I haven’t used this squeegee yet, but I’m anxious to try it out.

Safety Notes: At some point you may be tempted to try to pry the blade out with the utility knife. Don’t. There is a very good chance that the blade will snap. Read the directions on any adhesive remover you choose to use. Don’t burn yourself with hot water. Be mindful of the direction of your screwdriver or blade anytime you are prying or cutting the rubber. You do not want to slip and injure yourself.

In the interest of time I didn’t film how to drill the holes and install the Chicago screws (aka sex bolts or “threaded post and screw”). The gentleman over at Catspit Productions has a video on this if you need to see it. I would only add that you should drill your holes on the small side. It should be a little difficult to get the posts pushed through. You want them to hold the squeegee blade securely and not allow a lot of wiggle room.

Not coincidentally Catspit is one of the few places that sells the blank handle ready to be cut down for your custom squeegee sizes, but also only in six foot lengths. If you want to shop around it is a #3 wooden handle. Victory Factory also sells these blank handles, but you will have to actually call them on the phone and talk to a real person. Side note: It looks like Catspit used to offer blank handles in smaller and/or custom cut sizes. Maybe give them a call if you’re closer to Arizona than New York.

Additional side note: At some point in the future I plan to provide a master list of the tools, chemicals, and inks I’ve used and where to get them from. That’s a good enough reason to follow my social media stuff, right?

In the video I mention that I put the squeegee handle in the oven to warm it up. I should mention that I print exclusively with waterbased inks. There was some smell, but nothing terrible. Results with plastisol inks on your blade may vary, but in any event it should be as clean as possible and dry when you heat it up.

This was my first time filming a video in which I do any sort of narrating. I have to say I have a new found respect for more regular YouTubers. My video isn’t perfect, but after several takes I decided it was good enough.

And lastly this video serves a silly juvenile function. Much of the script has been modified with double entendres to allow for multiple “That’s what she said” moments. Have fun picking them all out! You can line up some shots if you like, but we won’t be held liable for alcohol poisoning.

Oh! Almost forgot to mention this! Another reason I’m not sold on the aluminum handles is I feel they might be too cold to the touch. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the feel of wood in my hands.

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