Repairing latex weaponsBefore you commit yourself to hours of work...Repairing latex weapons5 years ago in Artisan Crafts More Like This
Sometimes it is possible to fix up an old sword without stripping the old latex yet. With some fine grit sandpaper (such as 400 or 800 grit) you can prime the old latex skin so it will bond more easily with a bit of glue before putting some new latex on. If the only thing wrong with a sword is some damage to the latex at the tip of the blade this would save a lot of time.
Stripping: not as fun at it sounds.
Stripping the old latex can be easy or hard, depending on the quality of the coating. Good thick latex skins in good condition are easiest to strip: just peel it off like an old sock. You can use scissors to cut the skin if this helps, but be careful not to damage the foam. Thin latex skins (not common on professionally made weapons) tear easily and are frustrating. Skins which have dried out completely are the hardest to remove: if anyone has a better way to remove those than spending several hours pic