HOW TO FIX A BROKEN SLAM BALL OR MEDICINE BALL
So your slam ball shell or rubber medicine ball is looking like it is about to crack or you are starting to see a puff of dust coming out of your Slam Ball. STOP! Do not throw away the ball and waste money on buying a new one. Let me encourage you by saying there is hope that will save you money and time.
Last week we went over maintaining a slam ball, but this week I want to talk to you about fixing/repairing a slam ball. When a slamball gets a leak, most people are quick to throw it out. What they don't realize is how easy it is to fix a small leak.
The following six simple steps only take about 15 minutes or less and do not require a high level of skills or special tools. You'll be back using your slam ball in no time.
Things you will need:
Step 1: Start by finding out exactly where the leak is. You can place the ball in water if you do not know where it is. You will see air bubbles form around the leak.
Step 2: Take the sand paper and sand down the spot you are going to patch. The purpose here is not to sand through the shell, but to scuff the ball well so the glue have something to adhere to.
Step 3: Using the t-shirt and the rubbing alcohol, clean the spot you sanded well. Make sure the spot is free of dust, rubber crumbs from sanding, oil residue, or dirt. If you do not thoroughly clean the ball, the patch will not work.
Step 4: This step only applies if the patch will be going on the valve. You want to fill the ball up with air before you apply a patch over the valve.
Step 5: Pre trim the patch to fit the repair, about two inches, it will need to be round so it will lay flat on the ball.
Step 6: When applying the glue, start out by working the rubber cement in with a swirling pattern. This will assure you have evenly coated the sanded area and it is completely cemented.
Step 7: Place the patch over the glue and press it on, then flip the ball over and lay it with the patch side down. The weight of the ball will continue to hold the patch in place and press it at the same time. Let the ball stay like this for 24 so the cement has ample time to cure.