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Whirlwind23 Jan 2014 10:08 a.m. PST

I've unearthed a box of Prince August moulds I used as a child. They look okay, but I can't have used them for well over 20 years. Do you think they will still work alright (I was thinking of selling them)?


Who asked this joker23 Jan 2014 10:25 a.m. PST

I would think they would be OK. The only time they deteriorate would be after many many casts. Wear out is a better word for that.

DontFearDareaper Fezian23 Jan 2014 10:41 a.m. PST

They should be okay, as Joker mentioned they wear out mostly from use, not age. The mold is basically two pieces of vulcanized rubber.

ancientsgamer23 Jan 2014 12:42 p.m. PST

I still have old ones and they are fine. It is the number of castings you make that will wear them out over time. I have YET to wear mine out though.

Goober23 Jan 2014 1:39 p.m. PST

I set fire to some of mine and the survivors, although a little singed, continued to cast perfectly.

Ram Kangaroo23 Jan 2014 8:48 p.m. PST

Mine are over 30 years old and the rubber is still fine, no cracks aging problem or whatever. They probably haven't seen more than a dozen casts or so though, therefore they wouldn't be worn out. Unfortunately, I'm missing 1/2 of a classic skeltons mould :P and just when my son is getting interested.

PS Weird coincidence this thread, as I just hauled my own moulds out day before yesterday and was reviewing the PA site.

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LouisNapFan23 Jan 2014 10:43 p.m. PST

I have three of their molds, all bought many years ago, that have seen perhaps 4 dozen figures run through each. The molds are still in good condition and would work today.

dusty 56224 Jan 2014 11:14 a.m. PST

yes they will be ok my son still uses his after 10-15 years that he got as a boy from my brother in law

Whirlwind28 Jan 2014 11:58 a.m. PST

Thanks very much for all of the helpful replies.

spontoon27 Mar 2014 9:21 p.m. PST

Some of mine have had a few hundred casts in them and are beginning to show fine cracks 'round the edges, if that's any help.

MikeMonaco27 Nov 2018 1:30 p.m. PST

Vulcanized rubber will deteriorate from exposure to light, but unless you're leaving them outside or on a window sill I wouldn't worry about that. Overheating them will damage them too. But age by itself should not be an issue.

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