Clear sealer

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    There's a Clinic that needs some small repairs done in a few places where carpet is beginning to unravel. One started from what looks like a chair snag. One is at a seam. Is there anything that's clear and won't attract dirt to seal these loose yarns. Nothing's gonna make it pretty. I'm just looking for a somewhat fast sealer that can be dabbed here and there maybe using the tip of a bamboo skewer or a tooth pick. Regular sealer seems to thicken up and get stringy really fast if you pour a little puddle in a plastic bottle cap if I use that as a reservoir to dip from. I'd also like something that's clear and doesn't remain tacky. Any alternatives to the solvent based sealer like Powerhold makes. The grab still needs to be fast so latex types wont work.
     
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    I made a really small tip for mine, but it's a loop pile carpet and looking for something liquid that can be lightly dabbed on lightly one frayed loop at a time...... kinda like surgery. Longest one is probably a foot long.
    Not that the glue gun might not work, but the material is matted down a bit and something that could be applied in tiny amounts, and sets up less hard would probably be better.
     
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    I take and very carefully cut the primary backing and take it out then cut a strip of yarn and take the secondary off it then use a glue gun and weld the piece into the hole. Do it all the time, piece of cake.

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    Long ones do take time and sometimes you have to give it some twist or it looks weird.
     
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    I have done it the same way too.
     
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    I put furniture over it . :D
     
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    Carpet isn't new. It's flattened and probably couldn't open up the rows to add a piece. Backing probably isn't in good condition either

    Pretty much trying to glue doesn't the ragged edges to it doesn't get worse.
    Just looking for some sort of clear sealer or something that dries like seam sealer that won't attract dirt.
    I don't even think they have more material to patch with.

    Furniture caused them. :D
     
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    Here is another way to seal the problem. Get some of the Roberts universal sealer-it dries clear. Then get a metal basketball needle and break the tip of it off. Put the needle on a sealer bottle and you can lay a fine bead of sealer down on the carpet. I had to do that many times and most recently at our airport where they glued down a Wilton and cut across rows where the warp thread would pop up every now and again. About 300 ft in all. Resealed every seam by laying the sealer on top of the seam edge..

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    How fast is the grab? I mean, is it sticky? Does it set up fast or does it behave like Orcon's latex seam sealer? I'm wanting something with a relatively fast grab that I can apply with the tip of a sewing needle by dipping it out of something like a Gatorade cap. One loose/frayed yarn a a time. Buttering the underside of each frayed end and tucking it into place with an ice pick or carpet needle. I'm probably looking for some clear solvent based unobtainium.
    Contact cement is about the right consistency, but I think it will grab dirt and darken over time. The only sealers anyone sells around here are the Powerhold products or Orcon latex sealer. Instant isocyanate glues might sorta work, but they cure hard as a rock and gas of in a nasty way.
     
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    Try some 15 minute epoxy.
     

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