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How to fix a number that is peeling off 6 years 1 week ago #2292

Hello everyone,

I have a problem I need help with.

I have a Deco Nike Portugal home (WC 2006) shirt where the number 2 on the back has essentially dettached itself at the bottom (and its cut as well.) I have no idea how the cuts occured. Is there anyway to fix this? Does anyone know of anything I can get ina arts and crafts store that I can use to reattach the bottom part of the number. This is one of my favorite shirts and I would hate for it to look the way it does.

I have attached a picture.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Re:How to fix a number that is peeling off 6 years 1 week ago #2293

sorry here is the image
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sorry here is the image
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Re:How to fix a number that is peeling off 6 years 1 week ago #2298

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Yea man, there's a couple of options I reckon would work. The first one is Bondaweb - it's basically like a thin film of fabric that you can cut to size, place between the number and the shirt, then iron over it, and it will stick:

www.fibrecrafts.com/ProductDetail.asp?Level1=1&Level2=22&Level3=0&PID=720&Action=

Another one is fabric glue. I can't remember the name of it, but it comes in a little yellow and blue tube, and is basically liquid latex, and can just be used like glue.

Both of them should be avaliable from most fabric shops.

Having a girlfriend that does Art + Textiles comes in handy now and again :P
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Re:How to fix a number that is peeling off 6 years 1 week ago #2299

Cal, thank you so much for your help on this. I knew there must have been some glue of some sort, and you just confirmed it. Time to take a trip to my local store.
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Re:How to fix a number that is peeling off 4 years 10 months ago #5714

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Hi, I realise this thread is more than a year old but I came across this page on the 1st Google search result also hoping to find an answer to the same problem.

I've discovered a solution that'll definitely help so I'd like to share this tip with anyone else that may have this problem too. It has fixed mine so I'm pretty sure it'll fix yours too.

So do you know how these numbers, names and labels are bonded onto the shirts? The prints are thermally bonded, meaning glue is activated using elevated temperatures. All you need to do is get out an iron and ironing board, lay the shirt on it with a piece of white cloth over the peeling print. Set the iron to medium heat (2 dots) and iron carefully over it for about 15 seconds. Let it cool before removing the cloth.

It should become glued again - no glue or stitches needed! If not (but this shouldn't happen - or if the glue has been gradually washed off laundering many times before you decided to fix it), iron for a slightly longer period, e.g. 30 seconds, or set it at a slightly higher temperature (closer to 3 dots). But be careful that football shirts now days are manufactured from synthetic materials so they can be ruined under too high temperatures.

Don't use glue (unless as a last resort) as it will penetrate through the fabric, especially glue that will harden once dried.

If however, you want to completely remove the labels, don't peel them off directly! Pour some oil based solvent, e.g. mineral turpentine, methylated spirits, paraffin etc. over the labelling. It breaks the glue bonds so let it react for a minute or two. Do this at a well ventilated area and after waiting you should be able to peel or scratch it off. An old toothbrush can help the removal too. Then rinse with water and lots of washing powder to get rid of the solvent.

So... hope this helps for everyone out there...
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