Use Plasti Dip To Fix Stripped Headphone Wires

There's no reason to say goodbye to a good pair of headphones just because the wires are starting to separate from the headphone casing. With a dash of Plasti Dip, a small paintbrush, and a little time, you can seal up your headphone cables like new.

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Good headphones don't have to go in the trash just because the headphone cables have started to detach from the headphone body. You also don't have to resort to the old "wrap it up with electrical tape" trick, which may shield the cables but doesn't actually solve the problem.

Instructables details how all it takes to save a good pair of headphones is a can of Plasti Dip, and a little time, and you can re-seal stripped headphone wires with a firm seal that won't break again anytime soon. (Plasti Dip is a coating product; you can pick it up via eBay if your local hardware emporium doesn't have it.)

Just pour the Plasti Dip into a plastic cup or Tupperware container, and either submerge the part of your headphone wires that's stripped, or use a small paintbrush to brush the liquid plastic around the area where the cable has started to pull away from the headphone assembly and reveal the wire beneath. Smooth it out with a toothpick, and let dry. Re-apply as many coats you think you need.

After a few coats, you should have a thick plastic seal that looks and feels the way your headphones did when they were new. If your headphones are cheaper than the can of Plasti Dip, it may not be worth it, but if you have a particularly nice pair or a pair that you really like, this could be the way to save them if you'd rather repair them.

Fix a Stripped Wire on Your Headphones [Instructables]


    Anywhere is Aus to get Plasti Dip or similar? I found 1 online company a while ago but it was expensive. Haven't seen anything like this at Bunnings.

      You could start with the eBay link in the story, which is the official presence of the local distributor :)

        $40 + freight. Can't be posted, and they say "freight is expensive". They list no retailers. Anyone seen this kind of thing at a hardware store? Many, many moons ago there was a red liquid plastic you could buy, but no idea what is was called. It useful stuff, but most little jobs are not worth the expense of this stuff. I will ask the hardware people next week when i go over to Bunnings to get my monthly DIY therapy session.

    Holy crap, looking at the price of plastidip via that link. Would work out cheaper buying new headphones, terrible advice.

    On crappy ipod headphones, the wire tends to separate from the headphone plug so a better solution is to superglue it back and put heatshrink tubing over it.

    Check to see if there is a Jaycar near you, they also sell larger portions of the goop also.

    Also great when this happens on AC adapters (usually laptop ones as they get shoved into backpacks alot)!

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