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To fill a gap between the ends of binding, I know that regular plastic binding can be melted into a filler paste by soaking it in acetone. Can the same be done with Bolteron binding material ? Or because it's a PVC plastic, is a different solvent required ?
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It depends on which Boltaron you have. I had some that could be 'melted' with MEK and just softened with acetone. I would cut a piece to fill the gap, or better yet cut the binding back a couple inches and splice a new piece in with your joint well fitted. People will see the joint and probably not the splice as it is away from the joint. Scrupulously clean hands, cut and fit perfectly, it won't show when done.
Another possibility would be to use Kampel seamfil to fill small gaps. You can buy it from cabinet shops or kitchen showrooms, or maybe just as easily - eBay. It comes in a multiplicity of colors which can be mixed to match whatever is being filled.
Thanks for the suggestions. Last resort I will try the splice method. I tried the MEK with negative results. It softened but doesn't melt the material, same as Acetone. I'm experimenting with an $2.98 bottle of clear PVC primer ( the kind used to prime PVC pipes ). It softens the material according to the directyions, so we'll see how that responds. I'm waiting for a response direct from LMI. Since so many manufacturers are using Boltaron, there must be a commonly used filler. I can't be the only one making mistakes !