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3D Target Repair

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BowbenderPA 11-Aug-19
ruffedges 11-Aug-19
3D Archery 11-Aug-19
The Whittler 11-Aug-19
DeerMount 11-Aug-19
Woods Walker 11-Aug-19
1buckurout 11-Aug-19
Babysaph 11-Aug-19
Machino 12-Aug-19
sack 12-Aug-19
BowbenderPA 14-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 14-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 14-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 14-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 14-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 14-Aug-19
Gator1 14-Aug-19
Supernaut 14-Aug-19
HARRY CARRY 14-Aug-19
Raven 14-Aug-19
BACKYARD 18-Aug-19
Jon Stewart 18-Aug-19
Sipsey River 18-Aug-19
monkeyball 18-Aug-19
monkeyball 18-Aug-19
monkeyball 18-Aug-19
Eric Krewson 19-Aug-19
From: BowbenderPA Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Aug-19




Know I once read that large holes in foam 3D targets could be repaired by wrapping tightly in Sarah Wrap or duct tape, poking a few holes and filling with spray foam.

Checking at the hardware store today see several varieties of spray foam, so guessing the large gap type gives the best fill, adhesion and toughness?

From: ruffedges
Date: 11-Aug-19




Maybe not. I believe the "large gap type" will have the most and largest air bubbles which would not be best for toughness.

From: 3D Archery
Date: 11-Aug-19




You can use Great Stuff (large or small gap) or Loctite. The loctite will fill a much smaller area, is thicker and a little more expensive.

Neither will heal and will wear out fast with compound shooters. There is also Sika Fence Post Mix.

I use Flex Foam it 17 from Smooth on. Much more expensive, heals and will last much longer.

From: The Whittler
Date: 11-Aug-19




I have watched 3D Archery videos on animals repairs, Greg missed his calling:-).

From: DeerMount
Date: 11-Aug-19




I have used cheap nerf style football's from the dollar store to fill the big gaps. I have had the best luck with the regular great stuff foam.

From: Woods Walker
Date: 11-Aug-19




Another vote for Great Stuff.

From: 1buckurout
Date: 11-Aug-19

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Before and after (for the 4th time). Repared this one yesterday with foam. I nail a piece of carboard to the back first. I then cut some pieces off old targets, put them inside the void, then fill with foam and nail cardboard to the other side. The cardboard will keep the foam from swelling and I think allows it stay more dense. Let it dry a couple days and it'll last a long time.

I really like the idea of the Nerf footballs. I'll try it the next time.

From: Babysaph
Date: 11-Aug-19




Nice Jimmy. I like the nerd football idea too.,tell your Grandson to quit wearing out that center. :)

From: Machino
Date: 12-Aug-19




I had good luck with chunks of 3d target foam for big voids and great stuff as well

From: sack
Date: 12-Aug-19




Foam rollers used in PT work quite well.Find at resale Gw,etc for around $3. Cut them to match thickness of animal..then fill in the voids with LocTite dense foam

From: BowbenderPA Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Aug-19




Appreciate the suggestions.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 14-Aug-19

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Here is a sequence of a lost cause target fix. I bought the coyote for $5 after a shoot, it fell apart on the way home.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 14-Aug-19

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Wrapped

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 14-Aug-19

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Foamed

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 14-Aug-19

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Done

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 14-Aug-19




The key to making a patch last is to have a bunch of targets and spread the shots over all of them. I patched the coyote over 10 years ago and am still shooting it occasionally. I have 21 other patched targets but seldom set them up now.

From: Gator1
Date: 14-Aug-19




Eric what did use to connect the 2 sides together? I have a deer target in need of this surgical procedure

Thank you

From: Supernaut
Date: 14-Aug-19




Nice work Eric!

From: HARRY CARRY
Date: 14-Aug-19




sack suggested the foam "rollers" used in Physical Therapy work. Yep, they work.

So do those "yoga blocks", also made of a denser foam.

A little bit of sculpting on either the roller or the blocks can get a basic insertable/plug shape, with the spray foam used to hold them in and smooth over the plug.

Both are relatively easy to find at yard sales, and thrift stores, if you have either in your area.

From: Raven
Date: 14-Aug-19




I found a trick that I use with polyurethane glue, it expands like the foam when it interacts with water. While it's drying I push it back down into the repair, 3 or 4 times. It makes the material denser and and less of a mess to cut away outside of the animal later. It works pretty good.

From: BACKYARD
Date: 18-Aug-19




3d archery is a master of target repair. Check out his youtube channel. Always learn a thing or two from Greg.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 18-Aug-19




I have 25 3 D targets and most have been repaired. For the larger holes I force old t-shirt in them. That helps slow the compound shot arrows down. I use the clear wrap that comes on a small cardboard tube and wrap around the target as tight as I can. I then poke a small hole in the wrap and use the Great Stuff foam to fill the gaps. Wearing rubber gloves I push the foam around to fill the gaps.

From: Sipsey River
Date: 18-Aug-19




I also repair a lot of targets. One thin I do is to use a tube of silicon window type sealer, and spread it out like from a tube of toothpaste all over the target. I then use a scraper to spread it out into a thin layer all over the target. When it dries it is like have a new smooth skin on the target. You can get it in various colors or you can paint it. It makes the old faded wrinkled skin look almost new. Cost is about $5.

From: monkeyball
Date: 18-Aug-19




From: monkeyball
Date: 18-Aug-19




From: monkeyball
Date: 18-Aug-19




A little more involved, but a really nice repair. I think the key is getting them filled before they are totally shot thru.

It would be nice if every club could get someone to take on this responsibility, even if there was a cost involved it would still be lots less$ than buying new.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 19-Aug-19




I used old arrow shafts poked through the halves at different angles to align and stabilize the parts for wrapping and foaming. I pulled them out after the foam set up.





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