Can you Repair a Cracked Steering Wheel with a PC Epoxy Fix? Yes, you can!

Auto repair

Question from an Auto Enthusiast: “My ’52 Chevy AD has what is likely the common “3 cracks” all the way around each spoke of the wheel, next to the hub around the horn button. Is this fixable? I’d like to keep as much of the original as possible.” ~ Mike Continue reading

 

How Long Does it Take Epoxy to Dry or “Cure”? Cure Time Tips and Tools for the DIY Weekend Warrior

timeThe internet is riddled with questions from ladies and gents who have had their epoxy repairs go awry. The time it actually takes for a putty or paste epoxy to set and harden – adequately – seems to be a great mystery, and is never as “cut and dry” as what the label says when you start out on your mission. So what to do?

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What is the Difference Between Epoxy and Polyester Resin?

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When you begin to compare the many forms and variations of epoxies, glues, and resins available today, the results may leave you scratching your head. One question often leads to another. The chemistry behind epoxy and the varying formulas of glue has come quite a long way over the years, and can be a bit intricate. So what is the difference between each product? Let’s find out. Continue reading

 

Quick Fall Fix’s with PC-Fast-N EZ™ (Step by Step)

PC - Fall Decorations

So how did all your autumn decorations weather their attic vacation since last year? It never fails that SOME thing, minute or otherwise, simply crumbles or cracks from its long hot stay in a cardboard box – no matter how neatly you may (or may not) have packed it. You pull it out, look at its demise, and feel the inevitable dismay set in as you contemplate spending more money on decorative junk. Continue reading

 

Epoxy Application Gear Guide 2013

Being well prepared for a DIY epoxy repair project is as important as the job itself. We often talk quite a bit about what epoxy product is best for a multitude of repairs like plumbing leaks, woodwork fixes, pool cracks, auto repair, and much more. But as Benjamin Franklin once said, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” and that guy was no dummy! So let’s chat a bit about the gear and products you may need to safely and effectively complete your chosen DIY epoxy project! Continue reading

 

Epoxy Fact: Leaky Pipes Are Not Always a Difficult DIY Fix

A great set of pipes might be essential to the success of a singer or performer. But what about leak-free pipes in your home? We’re all about stress free homeownership. I suppose you are thinking that’s an oxymoron…and in many households, perhaps it is. While this blog post may not lower your blood pressure or increase your average life span, it WILL make the issue of a leaking pipe not so big a deal. In fact, it is likely that you won’t have to bother your plumber at all. Less stress = yes. Here’s how.

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Don’t Miss Another Lunker. Put PC Super-Epoxy in Your Fishing Box

Oh no… not another story for your fishing buddies about how the big one got away. This summer, you’ve got to be prepared. Broken rods are a common occurrence in an angler’s world, but replacing quality rods regularly can get expensive. Our PC-Super Epoxy can handle a delicate job that requires heavy duty results. Your photo-op with your massive catch will be on Facebook before the day’s end! Continue reading

 

Creative projects for the artist at heart

Creativity is not something that belongs solely to the artistically or musically gifted. We’ve all got a healthy dose of it – and it’s even better when a little creative thinking can be applied to produce something useful in our daily lives. The end result of our endeavors can be uplifting, and even make us proud.

Here’s a little secret to help you out. Creativity flows best when the tinkerer has a bag-of-tricks to help the process along without roadblocks. And what is more important in that bag-of-tricks than a stash of PC7 epoxy?  Not much. Here are some reasons why:

  • You can keep PC-7 around for a while. Store it in your shop or basement. It has an excellent shelf life – up to two years.
  • There’s not much PC-7 won’t bond to. It works on aluminum, rubber, porcelain/ceramics, and stainless steel.
  • Once cured, PC-7 is harmless and safe for contact by human or beast.
  • PC-7 will withstand a temperature of 250°F. If you DO need a product that holds under extreme heat, you can use our PC Fahrenheit.
  • PC-7 is resistant to oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and other petroleum products after the regular cure time. It is also resistant to mild acids, salt and fresh water and most other chemicals.

Once cured, PC-7 can be painted any color you like to fit the masterpiece you’ve created.

Need more inspiration?

If you are looking for a few examples just to spark your own creativity, we’ve got them. Here’s a list of ideas others have tried using PC-7 epoxy.

  • Attach metal pieces to concrete or rock (think yard art). PC-7 forms a much stronger bond than regular glue, and is resistant to outdoor elements.
  • Repair those toppled cemetery gravestones you feel sorry for. (We actually get calls for this very reason!)
  • Build a wall. How many times have you driven past an attractive stone wall and admired it? Go ahead, with PC-7 it’s an easy DIY. (Tip: Ask a farmer where his stone pile is and if you can use some – chances are he’s got way more than he wants or needs.)
  • Fix rusted automotive body paneling.
  • Rescue and animal. Do a good deed and creatively repair a turtle’s cracked shell. Vet’s do it!
  • Replace old wooden balusters with lovely new iron ones. Epoxy seals the deal.

Do we have your creative thoughts flowing yet? It’s time to get your Tom Edison or Michelangelo on and get to work. You’ll be amazed at all you can accomplish.

“Things that make you go…. Hmmm”

 

 

Lakeside Pottery – Genius Ceramic Repair

Lakeside Pottery is much more than a ceramic art and craft studio. Owned by Patty Storms and Morty Buchar of Stanton, Connecticut, this husband and wife duo takes the old adage “Say No to Crack” to a whole new level!!! Check out these pictures for example:

Yes, Patty and Morty have some amazing skills and some mad techniques for repair and restoration of broken ceramics and glass. They can take a broken, delicate piece that appears beyond hope, and work a special kind of miracle to bring it back to life. It’s truly incredible.

If you want to see more of their work, check out their pottery repair before and after pictures.

Don’t want someone else messing around with your precious ceramic art? If you feel adventurous enough to try ceramic repair on your own, Patty and Morty also offer a wide variety of tutorials on their website. Much like Protective Coating Company, Lakeside is very much about fixing your things!

Oh, did we mention? Patty and Morty use PC-7 and PC 11 epoxies as part of the solution to their ceramic repair projects. We love that!

The Lakeside story

In 2002, Morty Bachar chose to leave the corporate world behind and walk a different path in life. He and Patty took their mutual love for pottery and turned it into a successful small business that they run together in Connecticut. Since Lakeside Pottery opened its doors, the growing studio has had thousands of class enrollments for ceramic art, workshops, summer camps, children’s series, corporate team building activities, sculpting seminars, and teacher development and training courses. Lakeside Pottery is a busy place!

“Everybody’s success is our personal challenge,” says Morty of Lakeside’s goals. The growth of their business is buoyed by the many community relationships they forge along the way. “We really have a family here,” adds Patty. “Everybody who comes in joins the family. It’s very nice.”

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and FIX YOUR POTTERY!