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Old 07-12-2016, 03:51 PM   #1
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Kydex Adjustment

Good Afternoon All -- I recently acquired a King Tuk holster with the purchase of my Ultra CDP. It's a comfortable IWB that I can wear all day and sometimes forget about. Last night, when I set the holstered CDP down on the bed, it slipped out of retention and the trigger guard was fully exposed. In other words, the space between the leather backing and Kydex molded outer shell has gotten bigger. The Kydex is riveted to the leather so there is no means for adjustment with the fasteners. Question(s) -- I read somwhere that a heat gun could be used to reshape Kydex (on a holster). Have any of you ever done this? Is it pointless...should I forget about it? I'd really like the fit of the holster to be just a little tighter. But I don't want to do anything that might deface the CDP. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:27 PM   #2
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thats why i stay away from those type of holsters. they are comfortable but never work good enough for me . the leather flexes to much
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yes you can fix it. We used to make our own when kydex and ABS was newly being used for this kind of gear. Kydex "takes a set" when molded and want to return to a flat sheet when reheated. Its properties are pretty elastic. That said, I have left mag pouches on the dashboard in the summer without issue.

We used a paint stripping heat gun to hand mold it around items. Later vacuum tables were used for commercial purposes.

For minor adjustments in a small zone (trigger guard area for more retention) I suggest just using a gun type blow (hair) dryer on high. It will take a little longer but the heat does not radiate into a large area relaxing the fit in other areas.

Heat till you can push it with finger (may want a glove on) and apply the pressure you want for the level of retention you want. I would do it with the UNLOADED gun in the holster. Hold till it cools or use a spray bottle of water to quick cool it and it takes an immediate set.

Don't worry it it takes a few times to get what you want. Kydex does not get brittle after several re heatings.
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...Don't worry it it takes a few times to get what you want. Kydex does not get brittle after several re heatings.[/QUOTE]


Thanks Mike! I will give that a try (with a blow dryer and not a heat gun).
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:28 PM   #5
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You were correct Bud...I got it on the third try...Nice and snug again! Much appreciated...
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Cool So There!

........and dat is why we keep Mike around here!! He is the man with the answers!! Thanks for helping out Mike!!! Way to go!!
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