Pssst…Do You Know How to Seal a Plastic Gas Tank with Epoxy? (It’s Easy)

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In many households, an untimely encounter with cracked plastic usually results in a few choice words, and then pitching the product all together in disgust. However, the use of quality epoxy in such occasions is clinically proven to help clean up that potty mouth! Not to mention, it will certainly save you some money in replacement parts. Continue reading

 

Boating is Good for Your Health

If you’re not a boat enthusiast, it is quite likely that you just haven’t tried it. Whether you’re looking to fish from a center console boat, cruise with family and friends on the open ocean, or try out new moves on the skis, there is something about boating that will fit your personality and lifestyle. Let’s explore the open waters.

Your Boating Choices

Shopping for a boat is a lot like shopping for a car – there are plenty of choices depending on the size of your family, your lifestyle, and your intended use. Whether you’re interested in pleasure boating, sport fishing, yachting, or sailing – there are a variety of boats to fit your personality and interest.

Make sure to match a boat to your interest and skill level – this is the best way to get the most out of the boating experience.

Photo: Boston Whaler Revenge

The Health Benefits of Boating

Surprisingly, the benefits of boating include much more than merely stress relief. In a recent study by the Impulse Research Corporation, the physical perks of a life on the water far exceed the norm. The study determined that families who actively boat are healthier in general, more optimistic about life, possess leadership skills superior to their peers, and are more socially involved in other areas. That’s a lot of benefit!

DIY Boat Repair

As with anything, boat ownership may require a bit of TLC every now and again. That’s where Protective Coating Company comes in handy! Boat owners need to get dirty with some DIY fixes because boat repair can get costly.

There are many forums online where boat owners and enthusiasts come together to discuss repairs, how-to’s, and best practices. When it comes to keeping boats watertight, an epoxy bond has to be strong and it has to last. We have found that PC-Marine™ and PC-11® are the go-to choices for most boating enthusiasts.

 

So what are you waiting for? Explore the open waters this summer and reap the benefits!

 

 

How to Save a Garden Gnome in a Single Afternoon

Hey folks, remember gnomes have feelings too… or at least they look like they might. Garden angels, bird baths, gargoyles, and statues of the Holy Mother all deserve a little tender care and respect; after all, they spent a harsh cold winter exposed to the nasty elements. Cracks happen, chips happen… and suddenly things don’t look so brand new or cared for. So, do you need to toss your backyard treasures? We say NAH! Here’s how to fix them.

Photo by visagency

Concrete repair is simple

Don’t believe it? A bold first attempt to repair a garden gnome may have been a difficult experience for a noob in the past, but Protective Coating Company has formulated some fabulous and high-tech epoxies that eliminate “difficult” from many DIY projects. We stake our honor on it! So, grab a pair of gloves and get ready to bring your gnome back to life.

Items you will need

  • A garden hose
  • A stiff bristled brush
  • PC-11® or PC-Crete™ epoxy

Save the gnome in 5 simple steps

1. Dampen the cement statue with your garden hose until all surfaces are wet. Scrub the statue gently with a soft-bristled brush to remove all dirt and grime that may interfere with the pc epoxy bond.

2. Allow the area to dry completely before continuing. This is the only part that will take some extra time if you are using PC-Crete™, but you don’t have to actually do anything. Have a drink. Relax.

3. Mix your PC-11® or PC-Crete™ as instructed on the package. PC-Crete™ is a putty formula that can be used to build up and replace any missing pieces. PC-11® is an excellent product as well due to its longer working time and ability to hold up under damp, cold, and wet conditions.

PC-Crete™ is formulated with real aggregate to look and feel like concrete. Cut, mix and apply. PC-Crete™ allows a working time of about 3 minutes and cures for service in 60 minutes. It’s a “quick fix” product that’s super easy to use.

PC-11® is formulated to provide an extended working time, for larger concrete repairs, which allows the user to reposition work or make changes as they go. The great thing about PC-11® is that it bonds to both wet and dry substrate. No wait time after hosing down.

 

 

4. Apply your pc epoxy of choice to the cement cracks or chips by squeezing it on, or applying it with a putty knife. To reattach part of the statue, apply a 1/4-inch layer of epoxy to both the broken piece and the statue and press them together for two to three minutes.

5. Wait 15 minutes and scrape off all excess epoxy with a putty knife to prevent it from hardening and developing ridges or bumps. Then allow appropriate curing time as per the package label.

What next, you wonder? Not much. The simplicity lies in the fact that PC-Crete™ epoxy looks and feels like concrete. If you need to make corrections to the paint on your gnome or statue, that counts as another project!

 

2013: A Year of Do-It-Yourself Projects for an Uncertain Economy

How is your wallet feeling these days? The New Year is leaving many folks with a twinge of uncertainty – what’s really going to happen next with this unstable economy? Is it truly recovering, has it stalled, or is it in fact on the brink of the inevitable financial cliff that is suddenly all the post-election drama and television coverage? Who knows! The bottom line for many of us is: We want our homes and families covered, protected, and safe for whatever we may face in this upcoming year.

And so, many of us are entering a new era of do-it-yourself fixes, upgrades, and projects. Truthfully, it’s empowering. It’s sometimes even fun. It can be family oriented. And there is a wealth of information, tutorials, and some amazing new products out there to help us along. DO NOT FORGET: PC Products loves to answer your questions, and help you along this new path!

Photo Credit: DIY Family Project: Chris & Jenny

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

Let’s face it, Washington has stalled, and not much is being accomplished other than the accumulation of more debt. According to David Brodwin of the American Sustainable Business Council, “Americans are taking matters into their own hands. A new movement called the ‘D.I.Y. economy’ is emerging. But in this context ‘D.I.Y.’ takes on a different meaning: It’s not about going to Home Depot to get the parts you need to fix your sink; it’s about driving economic development at the local level, with local leadership, guided by a more robust and sustainable vision.”

PC Products’ Vision

As a 100% American company founded on the principles that made early America the greatest country there is, PC Products proudly supports the DIY movement. We strive to make our products fit with American-owned local hardware stores that are still alive and kicking in today’s tough economy. We are all-American, we never outsource, we continue to grow, and we stand behind our philosophy. We are a family run company committed to producing quality products.

Our Products

Take a look at some of our customer favorites. These products can help you fix your things yourself – without the help of foreign products. And, you can still keep your money invested in your local community supporting companies with like-minded philosophies.

PC – 7:  PC-7® is the tough job epoxy! This paste epoxy was formulated for maximum bonding power. PC-7® formulation provides extended working time, for large and critical jobs, which allow the user to reposition work or make changes.

PC – 11:  PC-11® was formulated as a true marine epoxy, allowing users to bond to wet, dry and fully submerged substrates.

PC – Woody: PC-Woody® is an epoxy paste formulated to replace missing and rotted wood. It has structural strength greater than most wood. PC- Woody® is a permanent wood repair for interior and exterior applications.

PC – Plumbing:  PC-Plumbing™ is a hand moldable putty epoxy designed for quick emergency-type repairs. PC-Plumbing™ is NSF® rated safe for contact with potable water. PC-Plumbing™ can be applied to wet and dry surfaces.

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We have many other products to help you with your concrete, auto body, delicate crystal or glass, and outdoor or pool repair of any shape and size. 2013 is YOUR year for DIY! Happy New Year!