By Tom Pawlak
My wife Mary and I recently went to the local building center to purchase a large planter pot for our patio. After we had agreed on a nice large terra-cotta beauty, I noticed another large pot that
had a nasty crack. I asked the associate for a price on it, knowing it would be easy to repair with WEST
SYSTEM® epoxy. He said I would be doing him a favor
if I took it away. So we came home with two pots for the price of one.
The pot was made of tough polyurethane foam that looked like red
terra-cotta. It must have taken a nasty hit because it had cracked
from the lip of the pot to the bottom (Figure 1). From the photos,
you can see the extent of the damage and the techniques used for
the repair. The WEST SYSTEM 105/205 repair was done with one
pump resin and one pump hardener from the 300 Mini Pumps. The epoxy was thickened slightly with 406 Colloidal Silica. Clear stretch wrap was used to pull the parts together (Figure 2), and I must say,
worked great for the job. Each wrap applied additional force, which
helped draw the pieces together nicely. The clear plastic wrap allowed
me to see the joint as it came together (Figure 3) and even
molded the epoxy as it squeezed out of the crack as the parts were
Epoxyworks 24 / Winter 2006
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