After some questions about fixing some other toys, I have decided to turn this into a more general howto guide for repairing damaged silicone toys in the event of an unfortunate tear. It should be advised that if your toy is covered by Bad Dragon's warranty, then you should contact them first before even thinking about repairing the damage yourself.
If your toy is one of the female types or a flop, then you may skip the ticket and move right onto repairs in your own home.
For this guide, I will be using my dragoness. The technique can be used for rips, tears and holes on all types of toys.
As you can see below, there are two distinct tears in the top and bottom of my Anthro Dragoness. These two spots are common for damage with this toy, but repair is actually quite simple since tears never seem to form deep within. Patching deeper tears and cuts (more than two inches inside the opening) could be difficult for a beginner. If you have a trusted friend with steady hands and model building experience, it may be wise to let them tackle the repair.
Sil-Poxy is the preferred adhesive for repairing the silicone Bad Dragon uses for toys, but others could work as long as they are designed for use with platinum cure silicones. The adhesive needs to be able to stretch like the original silicone or it could easily tear right back open. Super glue is NOT
First step, gather your materials. You will need:
Damaged Platinum cure silicone toy. (obviously.)Sil-Poxy
or similar adhesive. (This is a little expensive, but far less costly than a new toy. Be sure that it will work with Platinum Cure silicones.)****
Newspaper or paper towels. Sil-poxy bonds to more than just silicone. Don't need it sticking to your table.
****Current link broken, but I found two other locations to buy Sil-Poxy online.http://www.douglasandsturgess.com/product/AM-1049.htmlhttp://www.reynoldsam.com/Epoxy,-Silico ... catdepth=1
Second, put down your barrier. I used paper towels.
Third, if you haven't already, thoroughly clean and dry your toy. Make sure that the damaged sections are completely dust and lint free. Like any other adhesive repair, it works best with clean surfaces.
Fourth, prepare your adhesive by putting a small amount on the end of a Q-tip. It will make it much easier to spread throughout the entire inner surface of the tear without making a huge mess and wasting any more of the bonding agent than you have to. Sil-Poxy has a 5 minute pot life, which basically means that if you are coloring it (for filling of larger holes and cracks), you have about that long to mix the pigments with the adhesive before it becomes useless. It seems like a very short time, but you should not rush. You will have plenty of time to do it right.
Fifth, unfortunately I could not take pictures of this part as I needed both hands to perform the step. It's not incredibly difficult though. Carefully spread the rip open with one hand and with the other use the Q-tip to spread the adhesive over the inner surfaces of the rip. Don't be afraid to work the stuff into the nooks and crannies.
Sixth, after applying the adhesive, slowly allow the tear to close and squeeze out any excess. Use a clean Q-tip to very gently wipe away the excess adhesive. Be careful not to accidentally dig in and remove any from inside the tear.
Seventh, set your toy on your newspaper or paper towel and let the adhesive cure. Sil-poxy needs about 16 minutes according to it's label. I gave it half an hour before a test stretch. Your rip should be sealed and if you didn't over apply, should be nearly invisible.
And that's it. Of course, you repeat steps 4-7 if you have multiple rips. You can also seal them all at once and then let the Sil-poxy cure all at once. It is recommended that you wait at least two hours before cleaning and using your toy.
I gave my toy a 24 hour rest period to be certain that the adhesive holds. It most definitely worked. I was able to use it without any problem and the repair held beautifully. I can say with a pretty high degree of certainty that this repair will hold and not cause any problems while toying.
I'd like to thank two people who made this howto guide possible. First, my dentist. He showed me lots of really cool tricks for working with adhesives. Second, Quail. She pointed me to a good supplier for Sil-Poxy as well as several tips in handling it. The two hour wait time is one of her tips.
I hope this guide helps anyone who wants to tackle fixing their damaged toys. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll try to answer them as quickly and as accurately as I can.