Is PC-7 the same as JB Weld? (Same compound with a different name)?
I normally use JB Weld, but that stuff gets costly since they only sell
those small tubes. while PC-7 comes in cans in larger amounts.
On 9/3/2013 3:17 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No, PC-7 is much less runny before it sets up than JB Weld, although in
my highly unscientific tests, they perform similarly.
Used to be someone (Eastwood? and maybe they still do) included the
small cans of PC-7 with a "steering wheel restoration kit" - I've
personally used both PC-7 and JB Weld to patch up old cracked hard
rubber and plastic steering wheels before painting. Sometimes the
runniness of JB Weld is an asset, sometimes it's easier to use PC-7, I
tend to use whichever I have on hand, and if I have both, whichever I
think is going to make the job easier.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:17:11 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
Don't know about that one specifically but most two part epoxy's are basica
lly similar chemically. The ones with longer hardening times tend to be st
ronger. You can mix various things like micro balloons, shredded fiberglas
s, saw dust, etc to make a thicker compound or "paste" if you wish. I keep
a quart of us composite's medium 3:1 handy. A lot cheaper in the long ru
n than small amounts from hardware stores. Keeps for a few years and will
pretty much always harden even if it's getting a bit old.
On Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:17:11 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No they're not the same. PC-7 is thicker, less runny.
You should probably have both, because each might be better for
certain uses, but I use PC-7** almost all the time The only time I
use JB is for little things. The smooth surface of JB can be
achieved in PC-7 and 11 by wetting your finger and smoothing the
surface. (This is why God gave us 10 fingers, so you don't have to
stick the same finger back in your mouth. Tastes bad, and who know,
it might be poisonous! ) I suppose if 10 fingers are not enough, one
could use a bowl of water instead of spit.
PC-7 comes in two 4-oz cans, and yes that's a lot bigger and cheaper
than JB Weld. HD only sells a much smaller size (the cardboard tube
that opens at each end) but Ace Hardware sells the two 4-oz cans and
maybe even two 8 oz cans. I use separate popsicle sticks (Now I'm
lazy and I use separate screwdrivers) to remove stuff from each can,
so there is no mixing or touching inside the can, and I've had one set
of cans at my mother's house last for 20 years without getting old.
I also scratch into the lid a line that corresponds to the seam on the
side of the can so that I can replace the lid just as it was. This is
less important here than with paint, but I do it anyyhow.
I don't know what all JB can do, but PC-7's uses are amazing. It will
stick to glass. I used it to patch a hole in the bottom of a pot,
then forgot to take the pot off the stove and boiled out all the
water, and still the pot didn't leak. (I decided I didn't want to
cook food in a pot with such a patch, but that only limits me wrt
PC-7 is workable after it sets, with a file and maybe a knife.. I
patched a gear in a electric miixer, like for mixing in a bowl. Then
I carved teeth into the patch. That time it only worked for a minute
or two, maybe 20 revolutions, until something caught on something and
it broke, but that it worked at all was pretty good. I don't think
any other glue I have had would have lasted even more than a couple
I made a cap for my wine sack with PC-7. Big plastic threads on the
winesack. I had to use pliers to take the new cap off, but after
that it screwed on and off. I don't remember if I put vaseline on
the plastic threads before I put the PC-7 on, but usually I do, if it
has to be removed.
And the most amazing thing was when I was 23 and living with two girls
and a kitchen that was practically a slum. The faucet ran all the
time and the 1" or 1.5 metal drain pipe was rusting through and
dripping at a place a half-inch or inch long. No valve to turn off
the water, so I put the PC-7 on the drain pipe (This was the first
time I'd used it) and when the dripping water made it fall away, I
pushed it back. and I did this every minute of two for no more than 10
minutes, by which time it had set. And after that the drain didnt'
leak. Even though the faucet kept running, slowly. It was
**PC-11 is like PC-7, but white.
I didn't mean to make this sound better than it was. One girl was
ugly and cheated me out of my 50 dollar secuirty deposit.
The other girl was sort of pretty and sort of friendly but worthless
to me, because she never stood up for me in any of my many disputes
with the first (in only 4 months) She was either afraid of the other
girl or her lover, or both.
In fact the only good thing that happened to me when I lived there was
that I learned how good PC-7 was.
While I know it's an epoxy, JB weld will hold up on hot items which
epoxy wont. I welded a hole in my tractor muffler, and made that
muffler last 2 more years before it had to be replaced. That hole was
only about 10" from the engine manifold.
I have never seen JB in cans sold anywhere. I coated a metal "antique"
gas tank with it, and had to use 8 tubes which sold for about $5 each.
The tank was leak free, but getting rusty, and a replacement was not
only hard to find, but costly, so it was worth the $40.
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