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

 

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”

 

 

DIY Tabletops: Things that Make Ya Go WOW! Did I Do That?

Everyone has got an old table that they just can’t seem to throw away. It’s functional, it’s useful, but it just isn’t attractive. (We won’t use the term butt ugly, but… just sayin’.) Well, Protective Coating Company hates waste. We like to do things the old fashioned way – with a bit of flair for the dramatic, thrown in. We like to fix and create things ourselves, where the end result is something sturdy and original – WITHOUT the “Made in China” stamped on the bottom.

Do you have an old wood table that could use a lift? Even different table surfaces can use this approach. All you need to do is cover the table surface with decorative items like: shells, beads, interesting rocks – whatever, and then coat with epoxy to seal in your own unique design. Here’s how.

7 steps to DIY Epoxy Tabletops:

1. Sand your tabletop. Work with the grain to avoid scratches. Remove as much of the old finish as you want. You can leave most of the scratches, gouges, and traces of the old paint on the surface for a rustic look, or you can sand until the surface is smooth for a more cultured look. Pick your own style. Wipe the table down to remove sanding dust, and then apply a coat of stain or paint.

2. Measure each side of your table, including the thickness. Cut sheets of wood veneer, or a similar lightweight material, to correspond to the length of each side, making the width of the board the thickness of the table plus the depth you want your coat to form. For example, a 4-foot long table with a surface 1 inch thick would require a strip 4 feet long and 2 inches wide.

3. Apply a layer of epoxy adhesive (Pc7 epoxy would work nicely) to the edge of the tabletop. Position the strip along the edge of the tabletop and flush with the bottom of the tabletop base. Press the strip firmly and hold for a few minutes to ensure it is secure. Repeat with all the strips to form a mold. Allow it to cure for the appropriate length of time (as listed on the adhesive packaging)
4. Rub the inside of the form down with grease, such as petroleum or shortening. This will keep the epoxy from bonding to the form. If you choose to decorate the top with a pattern or decorative items, now is the time to get as creative as you want. Fill objects that can trap air (such as bottle caps and sea shells) with glue, silicone or a similar substance. Trapped air can ruin your final finish. Use epoxy paste to secure every object to the original tabletop surface.
5. Brush on a thin seal coat of clear epoxy — less than a 1/4 inch thick — over the entire tabletop, including any embedded objects. Make sure you follow product mixing instructions precisely. We recommend PC – Clear. This coat will seal the pores of the table and any porous objects, preventing them from releasing air into the epoxy. It also helps smooth irregularities in the surface. Allow the tabletop to dry completely according to the epoxy directions! Appropriate cure time is essential.
6. Pour an additional layer directly from the bucket into the mold. Lay a coat about 1/8 inch in depth. Gently distribute the epoxy, moving around the table to help the epoxy level out. Allow it to dry for another four hours, then sand and wipe with rubbing alcohol once more.
7. Continue pouring layers of clear epoxy until the finish is as deep as you desire. Maintain drying times to avoid bubbles or irregularities. Remove the forms and sand down the tabletop edges again to complete your new epoxy tabletop.

 

Photo courtesy of colorcopper.com

 

 

 

 

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!