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Old 06-03-18, 09:01 AM
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Default Repairing Anodized aluminium badges

Hi I have a couple of rare and expensive Rhodesian Anodized aluminium badges that are missing a lug or in one case both, I want to replace them I know I can't use lead type solder does any body know what i should use and where to get it.
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Old 06-03-18, 10:39 AM
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Its nigh on impossible to do. I spent a fair bit of money buying special solders and flux etc. Resulted in failure, Dave C also had no luck with his efforts.
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In North America there is a mixed adhesive called JB Weld that can be used to glue metals. Try that or see if you can obtain something similar.
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They sell JB Weld in Halfords.
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Old 06-03-18, 12:53 PM
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Personally I'd leave them alone, I'd rather have a broken rare and expensive badge than a peed around with aswell rare and expensive broken one.
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Thanks for your thoughts guys I'm thinking that leaving well alone is probably the way to go as i don't want to damage them any further, but the JB weld sounds intriguing for the more common badges that need a repair.
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There is a glue similar to super glue that comes from, yes you guessed it China. It is hardened with a 3 second exposure to UV light, small torch supplied.

"3 second lazer bond" on ebay, cheap.

I have used it successfully on plastic, metal and anodised aluminium badges.

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Cool Repair or not . . !

Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion regarding repaired badges, I think that a repaired badge that is in a frame or display is normally overlooked by the person who is viewing the display.

I have in the past displayed badges for a charity and knowone has asked whether a badge has had loops or slider replaced, this has made displaying badges far easier.

I have lead soldered badges in my collection that could be described as "Field repairs" I keep them as part of history if they are well done.

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In desperation, I bought some small brass circles ("findings"), soldered some standard lugs on to them, and then use araldite to glue them on to the backs
of anodised badges. They usually stick OK and can be easily re-glued or removed altogether if necessary.
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There is a glue similar to super glue that comes from, yes you guessed it China. It is hardened with a 3 second exposure to UV light, small torch supplied.

"3 second lazer bond" on ebay, cheap.

I have used it successfully on plastic, metal and anodised aluminium badges.

Marc
Thanks Marc!

Sounds ideal. There has been a lot of work trying to find the ideal way of repairing A/A badges and this looks like the way to go.

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Thanks again for your opinions looks like the lazer super glue might be the way to go for repairing AA badges
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Thanks for the tip i soldered a lug onto small piece of brass then stuck it on to the ano badge with the uv light activated glue.
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Thanks for the tip i soldered a log onto small piece of brass then stuck it on to the ano badge with the uv light activated glue.
Graham, that badge must look a bit odd with a "log" glued to the back of it!!.
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Which particular badges are they, I'd be very tempted to leave them as found, otherwise you may well render them valueless to many.


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Hi I have a couple of rare and expensive Rhodesian Anodized aluminium badges that are missing a lug or in one case both, I want to replace them I know I can't use lead type solder does any body know what i should use and where to get it.
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Old 07-05-18, 06:34 PM
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Sorry for the deley answering they are a Rhaf Medical branch collar badge
Selous scouts beret badge
SAS beret badge
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