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A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Repairing Wind Chimes

Repairing Wind ChimesWind and sun can wreak havoc on your wind chimes. This is a page about repairing wind chimes.

 

Pop up camper at a campsite.

Replacing the Window Screen in a Popup Camper?A damaged window screen in your pop-up camper may prove a challenge to repair. This page contains some useful tips for repairing or replacing camper screens. This is a page about replacing the window screen in a popup camper.

 

A truck towing a vintage popup camper.

Repairing a Popup CamperThis is a page about repairing a popup camper. In order to be able to use a compact camper trailer, it must be able to lift up easily, and keep the rain out.

 

Repairing an Air Mattress

Repairing an Air MattressThis is a page about repairing an air mattress. Air mattresses are a convenient extra bed for guests or for use when camping, but they do sometimes spring a leak.

 

Spray Bottle

Repairing a Spray Bottle?This is a page about repairing a spray bottle. Many home cleaning and other products come in convenient spray bottles. Occasionally these sprayers can become clogged or stop working properly.

 

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Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch

Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch?This is a page about removing condensation from inside a watch. Condensation can build up inside a watch that is exposed to water or extreme humidity.

 

A pair of scratched eyeglasses on a cleaning cloth.

Scratch Resistant Coating is Peeling Off LensesWhen peeling eye glass lens coating makes it hard to see you may want to remove it. This is a page about scratch resistant coating is peeling off lenses.

 

Garden swing with canopy

Finding a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Treasures Swing?This is a page about replacement canopy frame for garden treasures swing. With the proper measurements you may be able to order a replacement canopy frame.

 

old photo

Removing a Photo Stuck to GlassThis page is about removing a photo stuck to glass. It is a challenge to remove a photo without ruining it from glass when it is old or has gotten wet.

 

Leather Purse

Removing an Indentation From LeatherThis is a page about removing an indentation from leather. Indentations in a leather purse, shoe, or even a car seat can be unsightly.

 

Tinted eye glasses on white.

Tinting Eyeglasses at Home?Some people try to tint their own eyeglasses at home to save money at the optometrist. However, this can cause eye damage as the dyed glasses will not protect your eyes from the sun.

 

Getting Knots Out of a Gold Chain

Getting Knots Out of a Gold ChainGetting a knot in a necklace can be frustrating but removing them without breaking the chain can be easily accomplished. This page has advice about getting a knot out of a gold chain.

 

Shrinking Leather

Shrinking Leather?This is a page about shrinking leather. Whether you are trying to shrink a too big pair of shoes or something else made of leather, it can be confusing trying to find the best method.

 

glass canister and gasket

Finding Replacement Parts for Jars and Canisters?It can be difficult to find the right sized gasket or closure for an older glass container or cookie jar. Here are tips for ordering a replacement for a vintage or family treasure.

 

A bed in a bedroom.

Electric Blanket Error Codes?This is a page about electric blanket error codes. An electric blanket is an easy way to stay warm during the winter months. If your blanket is not working, checking the error code can help you troubleshoot the problem.

 

Spray bottle of perfume.

Repairing A Perfume Spray NozzleOccasionally the spray nozzle on your perfume bottle gets clogged or simply stuck. This is a page about repairing a perfume spray nozzle.

 

Edge of a brown leather couch

Repairing a Leather Seam?This is a page about repairing a leather seam. Repairing a leather seam on furniture or other items can seem difficult.

 

A hand trying to remove a bulb from a recessed light fixture.

Removing a Stuck Recessed Lightbulb?Lightbulbs can get stuck in the socket, if it is a recessed lightbulb that can make it even more difficult to remove. This is a page about removing a stuck recessed lightbulb.

 

pan with lid

Removing a Lid Stuck on a PanThis is a page about removing a lid stuck on a pan. Sometimes a vacuum will be created inside your covered pot. If this happens you may be unable to remove the lid.

 

Closeup of Chrome

Painting Over ChromeThis page is about painting over chrome. When you want to paint instead of polishing this metal surface, there are a few things to keep in mind.

 

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Hoover Carpet Cleaner

Repairing a Hoover Carpet Cleaner?This is a page about repairing a Hoover carpet cleaner. If you are handy and have a bit of patience, you may be able to make the needed repairs to your carpet cleaner.

 

Hand holding tweezers

Repairing and Sharpening TweezersSometimes you may need to make minor adjustments or repairs to your tweezers. This is a page about repairing and sharpening tweezers.

 

Pop Up Camper Won't Go
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Pop Up Camper Won't Go All the Way Down?It is sometimes difficult to determine why your camper top is not closing all the way. This is a page about pop up camper won't go all the way down.

 

Stack of Glass Dishes

Unsticking Glass DishesThis is a page about unsticking glass dishes. It can be frustrating trying to get glass dishes apart without breaking them.

 

A worn pink blanket.

Restoring a Childhood Blanket?Restoring a beloved childhood blanket is an important project. If you do not want to cut it apart and remake it anew, consider backing it with a piece of fabric and sewing the two pieces together to reinforce the childhood memory item. This is a page about restoring a childhood blanket.

 

Prescription Sunglasses

Removing the Tint from Prescription SunglassesThis page is about removing the tint from prescription sunglasses. Sometimes the tint color of your glasses is not the way you want it.

 

Pink Purse on White Background

Repairing PursesThis is a page about repairing purses. Don't throw out your favorite purse just because it is broken or slightly damaged; try repairing it.

 

Wicker Basket

Repairing Wicker BasketsThis is a page about repairing wicker baskets. Wicker is used to make a wide variety of baskets, including picnic baskets, hampers, and market baskets to name a few. Wear and tear can leave your favorite basket in need of repair.

 

Black plastic eyeglasses on a white background.

Repairing Scratches on Polycarbonate LensesIt is frustrating when you find scratches on your lenses. Learn how to fix scratches on glasses with these DIY eyeglass scratch repair tips.

 

Picture in Frame

How to Remove Pictures Stuck to FramesPhotos stuck to the glass in their frames can be difficult to remove. If they are not prints from a printer you can try soaking the glass and photo in warm water. This is a page about how to remove pictures stuck to frames.

 

Leather Wallet

Re-dyeing Leather?This is a page about re-dyeing leather. Over time leather can become scuffed and worn. Rather than buying a new purse, couch, or having your car seats reupholstered dyeing the leather may be the solution.

 

Cracked handheld mirror laying on the ground

Repairing a Cracked MirrorThis is a page about repairing a cracked mirror. Mirrors can be expensive or difficult to replace if they get cracked. This is a page about repairing a cracked mirror.

 

pots stuck together

Separating Pots That Are Stuck TogetherThere is nothing more frustrating than trying to separate pots that are stuck together before being able to cook. Check out these tips and tricks for Separating Pots That Are Stuck Together.

 

Percolator Filter

Finding Replacement Percolator Parts?This page is about finding replacement percolator parts. A type of boiler coffee maker, whether plug-in or stovetop, needs to have an inner stem and basket.

 

Using a cloth to clean eye glasses

Repairing Scratched EyeglassesScratched eyeglasses are a real nuisance and make it hard to wear the glasses you need. Repairing the scratch will help you see better and your glasses will look nicer also. This is a page about repairing scratched eyeglasses.

 

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Carpet showing front and back side

How to Repair the Backing on a Throw Rug?Over time and after repeated washings the backing on throw rugs can dry out and even begin to crumble. Often the face of the rug is still in good shape. This is a page about how to repair the backing on a throw rug.

 

Vintage chalkboard

Fixing a Chalkboard That Can't Be Written On?This is a page about fixing a chalkboard that can't be written on. If you find that you can no longer write on your chalkboard, you can try cleaning it with Dawn. Here are some other tips to help recondition your chalkboard.

 

Photos That are Stuck Together

Separating Photos That are Stuck TogetherThis page is about separating photos that are stuck together. Moisture can wreak havoc and destroy your photos.

 

Nail Polish Remover Stain on Leather

Fixing Nail Polish Remover Stains on LeatherNail polish remover does a great job of removing polish, but if used or spilled on leather it can damage the dye. This is a page about fixing nail polish remover stains on leather.

 

A sewing machine making repairs.

Repairing Thermal Backing on CurtainsThis is a page about repairing thermal backing on curtains. Over time, the sun can destroy the thermal backing on curtains. Repairing the backing can extend the life of the curtains.

 

scratched watch face

Fixing Scratches on a Watch Face?A scratched watch face can be quite annoying. Some scratches can be repaired though. This is a page about fixing scratches on watch face.

 

Four stacks of plastic cups red, yellow, green, and blue

Separating Plastic Drinking CupsThis is a page about separating plastic drinking cups. When plastic cups are stacked one inside of the other they sometimes get stuck together.

 

Broken Porcelain Doll

Repairing Broken Porcelain Dolls and FigurinesThis is a page about repairing broken porcelain dolls and figurines. It is very sad when treasured porcelain dolls or figurines get chipped or broken. Sometimes if the damage is not too bad they can be fixed.

 

An eyeglass lens that has been made cloudy with acetone.

Acetone Made My Eyeglasses Cloudy?Acetone can destroy the coating on eyeglasses. If you accidentally get some on your lenses you will need to take them to a shop to see if the damaged coating can be removed and a new coating applied. This is a page about acetone made my eyeglasses cloudy.

 

Electric Blanket Controls

Replacement Controls for a Biddeford Sealy Electric Blanket?Electric blanket controls have a tendency to fail before the blanket does. This a page offers advice about how to find replacement controls for a Biddeford Sealy electric blanket.

 

Closeup of purse strap.

Repairing Purse Straps?Purse straps are definitely the part of the purse that gets the most stress so are more likely to need repairing. This is a page about repairing purse straps.

 

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Black Piano Keys are Faded?How do you restore the black keys on a piano. The black color is completely faded at the ends of the keys.

 

Men's wrist watch.

Making a Watch Battery Last LongerStopping a watch when you are not using it is a great way to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible. This is a page about making a watch battery last longer.

 

pots and pans stuck together

Separating Dishes that are Stuck TogetherThis is a page about separating dishes that are stuck together. Lids can become stuck to pots and dishes in the sink, such as two glass bowls, can stick one inside the other. This is a frustrating situation and seemingly difficult to resolve.

 

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Removing a Jammed Glass Decanter Stopper?My heirloom spherical crystal decanter, with some whiskey in it, has the crystal stopper so firmly jammed that it has been unopened for 20 years. I have tried heat, cold, liquid wrench, etc., to no avail. Even glassware experts decline to try.

 

old photos

Removing Paper Stuck to a PhotoPhotographs save our precious moments and memories. This page is about how to save a photograph that has paper stuck to it.

 

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Separating Stuck Together Pages?I stored some crafting books in my storage barn in a box for a couple of years because I didn't have room for them in my home and wasn't ready to part with them.

 

Window Shades

Repairing Window ShadesThis page is about repairing window shades. When a shade gets ripped you might not have to replace it; you may be able to extend its usefulness.

 

An unlit bamboo tiki torch on a white background.

How Long To Soak Tiki Torch Wicks?If you want to replace the wicks in your outdoor tiki torches, it's easy to do yourself. Just soak the wicks for 30 minutes and they should be ready to use. Check out more advice below.

 

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Repairing Scratches on Mirrors?Does car wax work on scratched mirrors?

 

How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves - repaired glove

How to Patch Tears in Rubber GlovesHaving your dish gloves fill with water defeats the purpose of using them. The next time you find a hole in your dish gloves, try patching them before deciding to throw them out.

 

Gold Ring

Removing Scratches on a Gold Ring?This is a page about removing scratches on a gold ring. Rings that are worn daily can get scratched.

 

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How Can I Hide a Crack in a Mirror?Is there anything you can do to hide a crack in a mirror?

 

Fisher Price Record Player

Repairing a Fisher Price Record Player?Sometimes repairing an old record player is as simple as replacing the needle. This is a page about repairing a Fisher Price record player.

 

A plastic lid being held on with a hair band.

Fixing Tupperware Lids That No Longer FitHeat and weight may be able to help you reshape your Tupperware lids. This is a page about fixing Tupperware lids that no longer fit.

 

Several snow covered mailboxes at the edge of a snowy field

Replacing a Mailbox Post?This is a page about replacing a mailbox post. Mailbox posts age and fall or are knocked over by a passing vehicle. Either way they need to then be replaced.

 

A detached arm on a porcelain doll.

Attaching the Arm on a Porcelain Doll?This is a page about attaching the arm on a porcelain doll. If you have a doll that has a tie-on style arm that has come off, here are some suggestions for reattaching it. Remember that if the doll is valuable, you might want to consider having it fixed professionally.

 

A sink full of dirty dishes, including plates and a frying pan.

Removing a Plate Stuck in Frying Pan?Often removing a plate that is stuck in a frying pan can be accomplished by heating the pan up a bit. This is a page about removing a plate stuck in frying pan.

 

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Fixing Pin Hole In Cake Pan?I've got an aluminum cake pan with a pin hole on the bottom. Any suggestions as to how to fix it?

 

Antique tea cup and saucer.

Repairing Cracks in Fine ChinaThis is a page about repairing cracks in fine china. Fine china is very expensive to replace and often is a family heirloom. While the repaired piece may never be as strong again, there are methods to repair these cracks.

 

A worn and torn binding of a hard cover book.

Repairing a Book's BindingThis is a page about repairing a book's binding. Whether an old and prized hardcover book or a inexpensive paperback, books occasionally need to have the binding repaired or replaced.

 

Mobile Home

Repairing a Mobile HomeMaintaining and replacing parts on these inexpensive homes present unique challenges for the home owner. This page is about repairing a mobile home

 

Blue eyeglass frames on white background.

Changing the Color of Eyeglass FramesWhen you want a different look for your glasses, you can carefully paint your frames with finger nail polish or permanent markers. This is a page about changing the color of eyeglass frames.

 

Closeup of an electric blanket controller.

Sleep Philosophy Electric Blanket Not Working?This is a page about a Sleep Philosophy electric blanket not working. Often when your electric blanket is not working properly it is the controller that is the issue. Determining the cause can be difficult. You may need to begin by replacing the controller.

 

Broken green Ceramic Plate

Repairing CeramicsThis is a page about repairing ceramics. Ceramics can be chipped or otherwise broken, rather than throwing it away perhaps it can be repaired.

 

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Repairing a Canvas Tent?I have a 16' by 32' canvas army tent. Half way down one side it is torn all the way to the top. I would like to put Velcro in, but don't know how or what to use. Any ideas? Thanks.

 

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Polishing Eyeglass Lenses?How do I remove scratches from my eyeglasses lens?

 

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Reattaching a Pot Lid Handle?I have a pot lid made of fairly thin stainless steel. This morning while washing the lid, its handle popped off. It appears to have had two simple spot welds holding the handle to the lid.

 

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Removing Scratches from Clear Plexiglass?How do I get scratches out of clear plexiglass?

 

A bottle of liquid paper.

How to Refresh Dried Liquid PaperThere is a product on the market made especially for this purpose or you can try adding hand sanitizer or non-acetone nail polish remover to the container of correction fluid. This is a page about how to refresh dried liquid paper.

 

Kids in Above Ground Pool

Fixing a Tear in an Above Ground Pool?If your above ground pool has a tear, you will need to repair it prior to filling it will water for Summer fun. This is a page about fixing a tear in an above ground pool.

 

Elastic Beaded Bracelet on a girls wrist near string of matching beads and small gold beads loose on counter

Repairing Elastic BraceletsThis is a page about repairing elastic bracelets. Elastic bracelets are a popular costume jewelry accessory. However, over time the elastic can stretch or break.

 

coffee cup stuck in small bowl or cup

Separating Fiestaware That is Stuck Together?Ice and hot water is usually the best method for separating glass or ceramic dishes. This is a page about separating Fiestaware that is stuck together.

 

old blanket

Repairing a Worn BlanketDepending on the extent of the wear there are a few things you can try to repair a worn blanket. If the damage is small, try darning or patching. If it is more extensive, you might consider affixing the worn blanket to a backing fabric and even stitching around the holes for added strength. This is a page about repairing a worn blanket.

 

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Repairing a Carnival Glass Dish?I broke a carnival glass dish. How do I repair it?

 

Shower Curtain

Repairing a Shower CurtainThis page is about repairing a shower curtain. You can extend the life of your plastic curtain with some simple repairs.

 

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My Gold Rings Changed Color?I accidentally soaked my gold rings in my silver cleaner. When I removed them, they were very dull. I tried cleaning them with the right cleaner, and they didn't change. Any ideas what I can do to return their shine?

 

A candle being used to lubricate the zipper of a purse.

Lubricating a Zipper with Candle WaxSometimes a stuck or hard to close zipper can be fixed by rubbing it with candle wax. This is a page about lubricating a zipper with candle wax.

 

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Repairing the Corners on a Clear Plastic Purse?I must have a clear purse to carry my diabetic supplies at work. The problem? After a while, the corners develop holes which are small enough to not really matter, but they scratch my skin and hurt. Is there anyone out there that knows how I can fix that myself?

 

Use Broken Canopy for Parts

Use Broken Canopy for PartsWe lost our shade structure during an unusually stormy and windy soccer game one fall. My brother had purchased the same structure and broke his frame in a similar manner. Instead of throwing them out, we took apart the broken leg and replaced it from one of the good ones from my brother's frame.

 

Preventing Broken Eye Glass Chains

Preventing Broken Eye Glass ChainsI have wider than usual eye glass temples. Stretching the little rubber tips that go over the temples often makes them break. While I only spend $1 on them, I still have to replace them when they break.

 

An old clock with replacement hands and movement.

How to Replace a Clock MovementBattery operated clocks can slow down or even stop working entirely. Save a favorite clock by easily replacing the movement and hands for accurate timekeeping for years to come.

 

A pair of eyeglasses.

Armour Etch Left Film on Glasses?Armour Etch can be helpful when removing reflective coating from plastic eye glass lens, but can leave a film and even scratch glass lenses.

 

Replacing a Jump Ring - suppies

Replacing a Jump Ring on JewelryDon't throw out your broken jewelry. It is easy to replace a broken jump ring. Let us show you how.

 

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - sand to shape

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage WheelRepair a damaged luggage wheel with Plast-aid, it will help fill in broken areas on the rolling surface of your suitcase wheels. Learn how to make this repair below.

 

Repairing a Serta Foot Warmer

Repairing a Serta Foot Warmer?How do I take the plug apart to check the connections?

 

Repairing a Comforter - white comforter with raised flowers

Repairing a Comforter?So I bought a beautiful comforter online from Target. I didn't notice right away that it isn't sewn together at all. The fill is flat and moves around whenever you move it. The top and bottom don't have any stitching holding the fill in place. I feel like I can fix it, but can't seem to find any techniques online to do this!

 

Jewelry findings and tools for repair.

Repairing JewelrySometimes repairing a piece of jewelry is easy enough to do with tools you might have a round the home. However, detailed work should be taken to jeweler to be repaired properly.

 

Repairing a Denison Gramophone - dangling arm

Repairing a Denison Gramophone?I need advice on how the speed control arm end (with leather pad) is connected to adjust speed. My Dension seems to be dangling in thin air and not connected to a mechanism to control spin speed.

 

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Coleman Camper Not Cranking Up Completely?I have a 2003 Coleman Santa Fe pop up. It cranks manually. I have never had a problem with it. This season when I cranked it up it seems it is not up enough. It is about an inch and a half short; the door only fits if I lift it up a little. Any ideas on what's wrong and how to fix?

 

Repairing the Leg on a Horse Figurine - closeup of broken leg, looks like African motif paper covering perhaps plaster

Repairing the Leg on a Horse Figurine?My horse's leg is broken in one place, but it is still attached. I was seeing how much it is going to cost to get it fixed if it can. Can you please let me know if it can? I had gotten it as a gift from my mom who had passed away. I love it so much that I don't want to throw it out.

 

An old worn out leather handbag.

Fixing Up a Worn-Out Leather HandbagIf you have a beloved leather handbag that has worn-out parts, it's often possible to fix or refurbish them for more years of use. Look for leather bags with minor problems at thrift stores and garage sales.

 

Reviving An Old Outdoor Planter - add your plants

Reviving An Outdoor PlanterTurn trash into treasure with a bit of paint and elbow grease. Adding bright color to an old metal plant stand can give your garden an extra pop. This is a page about reviving an old outdoor planter.

 

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Repairing Kitchen Tongs?I have a kitchen tong that is very hard to spread. How do I "unstick" it?

 

Air Conditioner Making Travel Trailer Roof Bow - trailer with AC on roof

Air Conditioner Making Travel Trailer Roof Bow?A rooftop RV air conditioner can cause bowing due to water leakage and weight. To repair this damage you will need to dry out the roof if needed, and reinforce it to withstand the unit's weight. This is a page about solutions for an air conditioner making a travel trailer's roof bow.

 

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Can Movie Theater Speakers Loosen Light Bulbs?I work in a movie theater and some lights go out due to the vibration of the speakers. The light bulbs are never out. I think its just the vibration of the speakers causing the bulbs to become loose. Is there a way to troubleshoot this? Or just a common problem in a movie theater?

 

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A clock being repaired with a new movement and hands.

How to Replace a Clock MovementIf you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.

 

A refurbished grill.

How to Fix Any GrillI created this video blog on how to fix a BBQ grill. I found this grill on the side of the road and it looked nice enough to be fixed. I use it for camping now.

 

Questions

Turning Off a Hydro-Sil Heater - thermostat

Turning Off a Hydro-Sil Heater?How do I turn it off for the season, or at least turn it down? I keep trying to set the temp to 50, but it's not cooperating.

 

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Repairing A Ceramic Mug?What kind of glue can you use to glue a ceramic mug handle back on mug?

 

Replacing the Needle on a Vintage Console Stereo?

Replacing the Needle on a Vintage Console Stereo?I'm trying to figure out how to replace the needle on this.

 

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Restoring My Chalkboard?I can no longer write on my chalkboard. I have used Dawn dish soap, tried using chalk, length wise all over it and nothing is helping. Anyone know something that might work?

 

A pair of pink eyeglasses.

Tinting Non-prescription Lenses?How can I remove the coating from my non-prescription plastic lenses and tint them myself? I have tried tinting them without removing the coating and that does not work. Can somebody please tell me how I can do this and what could I use to remove the coating? Can I use the all purpose "RIT" dye to tint them myself?

 

Fixing a Worn Kid's Blanket? - front of blanket

Fixing a Worn Kid's Blanket?I have a blanket that's been with me for as long as I can remember. I'm older now, but I still want to preserve it as a memory and make it look (and feel) as good as new. There are no holes or anything, it's just worn from years and years of use. Is there anyway I can add to get its softness back in the edges and small patches? I'll do whatever I have to keep this childhood memory.

 

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