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March 2013

Lakeside Pottery – Genius Ceramic Repair

By | Glass and Ceramic Repair, Uncategorized

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!

We’re headed to Vegas! PC is back at the National Hardware Show

By | Announcements, Uncategorized

Who’s ready to hit the Vegas Strip? We’ve got some amazing news: Not only can you enjoy the warmth and party atmosphere of Sin City – you can visit Protective Coating Company at the National Hardware Show too!

For PC Products, it’s a dream come true. We get to combine the pleasure of Las Vegas with the biggest hardware event in the country. Scheduled for May 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the National Hardware Show promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with even more product categories, a ton of educational offerings, and limitless networking opportunities for exhibitors.

According to Megan Menzer, owner of Newton’s True Value in Cherryvale, Kansas, “My favorite part of the show is the sheer volume of different products. I look for new products to bring into my store and the new trends in product categories, styles and colors. I get to see vendors that might not be at our distributor show. I can network with people in the business, and we can share ideas.”

Can you tell we are excited? We’d love to see you there too, so come visit us in person at Booth #5510. You will get to see all our marvelous epoxy products and meet our PC family.

 

Defend Your Wood: How to Beat Rot Like a Superhero

By | Uncategorized, Wood Repair

Hold on, if you’re thinking any dirty thoughts, hit the back button. We’re talking fixing your things here.

I highly doubt there’s a man or woman alive who hasn’t faced a piece of wood rotting, crumbling, or being infested by nasty insects at some point or another in their lives. It doesn’t have to cause your stomach to sour or your temples to throb with woe. We’ve got solutions right here and now. At Protective Coating Company, we know that wood siding, garage doors, or window sills can all be repaired easily without a big expense. No sweat.

PC Rot Terminator

This is your first line of defense. Clean the rotted area you wish to repair of any loose dirt and dust. Removal of paint and varnish will even increase the power of rot terminator as well. Then apply the Rot Terminator product to the area with a brush. PC-Rot Terminator will readily follow the grain of rotted wood.

For maximum penetration, poke or drill holes into the wood or expose the grain of the wood by cutting into the wood. For vertical surfaces drill holes on an angle to ensure PC-Rot Terminator stays in place. Reapply the PC-Rot Terminator prior to cure if needed. Repeat if needed.

PC Woody Repair

After the rot terminator has fully cured, you can use PC-Woody to rebuild the area that has crumbled and fallen away or decayed. Apply PC Woody in any thickness to both sides of the surface and bring together firmly. Make sure that an ample amount of PC-Woody remains between the contact surfaces. Use screen wire or fiberglass cloth to reinforce large voids and gaps.

Denatured alcohol is excellent for smoothing applied PC Woody. Let this application fully cure, and then you are free to sand, prime and paint away.

If it Still Sounds Too Hard

If you like things made to order, we have a Rotted Wood Repair Kit that might suit your discriminating taste. Included in the kit are the PC-Petrifier to harden rotted and damaged wood, the PC-Woody to permanently repair wood and the PC-Lumber to rebuild, shape, and mold your wood. It’s got everything you need for the job at hand. No pun intended.

How many Freudian slips are in this article? Send us your guess on our Facebook page!

 

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

By | Uncategorized, Uses for Epoxy

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