Hi I have an original Victorian cast iron bedroom fire surround, which was
sent to me in the post. Un unfortunately it was damage in transit, both of
the legs have cracked off where the legs join the top part of the fireplace.
It's just a beautiful fireplace it would be a shame to throw it away. Can
someone recommends the best and strongest glue for this type of repair. I'm
not worried how much it cost just as long as it does the best possible job.
The fireplace is about 110/120 years old, I almost cried when I opened it
this morning, It was sent to me by a friend and wasn't insured
Many thanks in advance
If you are not going to put it near a heat source I suggest Araldite
as being the best. You could also get it repaired by going to a
welding specialist. They would probably have to grind down the surface
of the weld and you may have to disguise that area.
JB Weld might do it, it's a sort of super-duper resin glue - and it's
suitably resistant to heat ( repaired a cracked flue above my Rayburn
with it...still holding strong years later ), though much depends on
how much load the joint is expected to take.
The best possible job would be a professional repair.
Stephen Howard - Woodwind repairs & period restorations
Similar thing happened to me - spent an entire weekend (literally)
with a power drill and wire-brush attachments removing the paint from
a cast iron fireplace and buffed it back to its original condition. As
the fireplace was leant up against my wall outside with me supping tea
admiring it a sudden freak gust of wind came from nowhere and blew the
bloody thing over! Oh how I laughed...
Of course it whacked down on a sticking-out bit and put some pretty
severe cracks in it. The legs didn't snap off but it was close.
Absolutely fretting I looked round for what might work and gave
'Chemical Metal' a go:
Superb stuff - does exactly what it says on the ..err.. tube. Easy to
work with, sticky as anything, and as hard as nails once cured. The
fireplace in my case was purely for decorative purposes and so I also
'glued' some battens along the backside of the legs for extra
strength. Did the job perfect.
Incidentally, if it's of any interest, following the repair I buffed
the entire lot with a Zebo-equivalent (www.realpaints.com made some
'isinglas with graphite' for me with no black pigment added - I wanted
a greyish finish) and it came up rather nice.
Presumably before shipping...? ;-)
If there are any chunks missing you'll find Chemical Metal will also
serve to fill those in - put some sheeting behind the gap, fill it
proud, and grind/sand down to a flush finish. It's dark metal in
colour hence will be nicely disguised even with only a modest covering/
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