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Old 06-11-2017, 11:20 PM
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Default Re: What is the most over inflated balloon you've seen?
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Heat stretched GL1200 - had baked it in the oven at 290F for 10 minutes, and then inflated and deflated it multiple times and generally stretched it over the course of a couple weeks. Before it finally popped I managed to get it to around 115" long and 40" thick (rated at 80" long by 32" thick)
wait, you put them in the oven? could you eleborate on that? what's the use of that? do they get bigger?
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:44 AM
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Default Re: What is the most over inflated balloon you've seen?
Baked loons are the best.. they get huge. I have a rotisserie.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:18 PM
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You got any tips? Tried it a little yesterday with a fresh tuftex 24" but after a few minutes it started smelling really bad, so I quickly took it out and opened a window haha
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:25 AM
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Smile Re: What is the most over inflated balloon you've seen?
When you bake a balloon, you are going to smell the latex. You are heating the molecules so they will release the latex smell. The alternative is to put a balloon in a resealable bag and put it in the dryer on high for 10-15 minutes. Less of a smell (until you open the bag), but it doesn't stretch the balloon as much. Just remember to inflate the balloon shortly after taking it out of the oven or dryer.
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:18 PM
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The dryer sounds like a great idea. You can get lingerie bags at the grocery store. Plus it will send most of the smell outside and it will bake evenly. Use the high heat setting for about 15 minutes and then inflate immediately before the dryer begins a cooldown cycle... good luck!
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: What is the most over inflated balloon you've seen?
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wait, you put them in the oven? could you eleborate on that? what's the use of that? do they get bigger?
Yep, you put them in the oven. They get a lot stretchier and softer (and by extension, larger). They can make it smell like latex for a while but it's usually gone in under an hour, and the results are well worth it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:46 AM
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How long and at what temperature do you bake them?
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Old 13-11-2017, 03:19 AM
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How long and at what temperature do you bake them?
290F for 5-15 minutes. The time depends mostly on the manufacturer. Cattex are naturally very stretchy, so no more than 7 minutes. Qualatex is usually around 10 minutes, Unique 15 minutes, etc. Tuftex is a bit of a mixed bag since they degrade over time more quickly than other brands.

Make sure you only bake new balloons - if they've been inflated before they get way too weak and pop very easily. For previously inflated ones, put them in a ziploc bag in the dryer on high heat for 15-30 minutes for a similar effect.
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