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Old 09-19-2020, 07:06 PM
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Default Advice on Fixing a Misshapen Oblong Disc

Tragedy has struck my disc golf bag. Riding in the trunk of my car, my son's stroller shifted while driving and crushed my discs. Not sure how long the stroller was on top of my bag, but all of them are currently oval-shape and feel terrible in the hand to throw. They mostly fly about how they used to, the worst ones with a little bit of noticeable wobble. I bagged mostly high end plastic and many discs that had been in the bag for years and years and a few with aces on them: PFN star wraiths, PFN Star Teebirds, a pearly 11x Teebird, and the old Wizard I've been putting with for over 10 years stand to be the biggest losses. I'm so bummed I could cry. Lots of sentimental value here that'll be tough to replace. I have backups, but I'd really like to save these discs if I can.

Now that I'm done telling that my sob story, any advice on attempting to fix my discs before re-working my bag? Digging through the archives of the internet I've seen suggestions of using boiling water on the stove, microwaving discs, leaving them out in the hot sun (it's cooling off here already), leaving them on top of a flat board with a stack of discs or a book on top, putting them in the oven, or even running them in the dishwasher. Most of these suggestions appear to be addressing discs that are bent, warped, or taco'd. I may have a different issue here as my discs are still mostly flat, but they aren't round.

My current idea is to heat up some water to just below boiling on the stove, put the disc in the pot for a couple minutes so that it gets malleable, pull it out with tongs, try to reshape it by hand (with work gloves on if it's too hot to hold), and lay it on a flat surface to cool.

Here are my questions:
-Is my idea terrible or might that actually work?
-Anyone have any experience with discs and hot water? Is there a recommended temperature? I obviously don't want to melt my discs. I read somewhere that 180 is a good temp.
-Have you personally tried any of the other suggestions or anything else that has brought you some success?

I imagine I can figure a lot of this out on my own with trial and error, but figured it was worth a shot to consult the vast collective intellect and stupidity of the disc golf internet first.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:18 PM
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Tragedy has struck my disc golf bag. Riding in the trunk of my car, my son's stroller shifted while driving and crushed my discs. Not sure how long the stroller was on top of my bag, but all of them are currently oval-shape and feel terrible in the hand to throw. They mostly fly about how they used to, the worst ones with a little bit of noticeable wobble. I bagged mostly high end plastic and many discs that had been in the bag for years and years and a few with aces on them: PFN star wraiths, PFN Star Teebirds, a pearly 11x Teebird, and the old Wizard I've been putting with for over 10 years stand to be the biggest losses. I'm so bummed I could cry. Lots of sentimental value here that'll be tough to replace. I have backups, but I'd really like to save these discs if I can.

Now that I'm done telling that my sob story, any advice on attempting to fix my discs before re-working my bag? Digging through the archives of the internet I've seen suggestions of using boiling water on the stove, microwaving discs, leaving them out in the hot sun (it's cooling off here already), leaving them on top of a flat board with a stack of discs or a book on top, putting them in the oven, or even running them in the dishwasher. Most of these suggestions appear to be addressing discs that are bent, warped, or taco'd. I may have a different issue here as my discs are still mostly flat, but they aren't round.

My current idea is to heat up some water to just below boiling on the stove, put the disc in the pot for a couple minutes so that it gets malleable, pull it out with tongs, try to reshape it by hand (with work gloves on if it's too hot to hold), and lay it on a flat surface to cool.

Here are my questions:
-Is my idea terrible or might that actually work?
-Anyone have any experience with discs and hot water? Is there a recommended temperature? I obviously don't want to melt my discs. I read somewhere that 180 is a good temp.
-Have you personally tried any of the other suggestions or anything else that has brought you some success?

I imagine I can figure a lot of this out on my own with trial and error, but figured it was worth a shot to consult the vast collective intellect and stupidity of the disc golf internet first.
Near boiling water for about a minute followed by some heavy books on top hasn't failed me yet.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:42 PM
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Definitely test it on a disc you don't care too much about first. Hope it works out for you.

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Old 09-19-2020, 08:45 PM
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The kid has gotta go, or at least the stroller.

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Old 09-19-2020, 09:36 PM
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The kid has gotta go, or at least the stroller.
Alas, the round I played today was with the kid. In the stroller.

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Old 09-19-2020, 09:44 PM
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Heat and natural cooling would be my first effort.

Plastic should want to return to its original shape as long as it hasn’t gone past elastic deformation.

You don’t want it too hot as it may set the deformation. Try lower heat first. Maybe even a heat lamp.

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The mailman jammed some brand new discs in my mailbox where they sat all day in hundred degree weather. Needless to say, when I pulled them out of the package they were pretty jacked up.

I took my wife’s hair dryer and heated them and tweaked them back into shape by hand and set them on a flat countertop to cool off.

I imagine your plan for the boiling water would work about as good as anything.
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Alas, the round I played today was with the kid. In the stroller.
....... rearranging my trunk asap......

I drive a minivan. My bag stays in the back all the time......which currently also houses a stroller, two bikes, a car jack, and a pile of misc. stuff...... yep. Bags riding shotgun from now on!!!
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:53 PM
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Can you post some pictures, with another circular object (like a dinner plate) on the same surface for comparison?
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