Monday, August 22, 2016

Reparing Broken Porcelain Tea Cups and Saucers Using BSI Insta-Cure Super Glue

Written by Charlee Smith, BSI Glue Pro and National Sales Manager

Saturday was a warm, very dark night. My wife Sandee had gone downstairs to try to coax our cat Frankie into coming inside for the night so that he’d be safe from prowling coyotes. As Frankie came in the door, she turned off the porch light, which turned the house pitch black. Sandee headed for the light switch at the foot of the stairs, but her arm hit something that created a horrible “bull in a china closet” sound that could only be bad news.
Turning on a light, she discovered to her horror that she had knocked over her precious collection of Russian cups and saucers. The floor was now covered with a layer of jagged, broken porcelain. Her treasures were now history. That darn cat!
Daylight revealed not all was lost. Three of the cups and one saucer had absorbed the fall without a scratch. I felt that the one broken cup and one saucer would be relatively easy to repair. The second saucer had a chance, but the third one, sitting there shattered into 17 pieces, almost went directly into the trash can. But hey, I’m one of the BSI Glue Pros. Our glues can make the impossible, possible.

Years ago a raccoon greeted us as we entered our home after being away for a few days (he got in through the cat door). In trying to coax him out an open door, the raccoon jumped upon Sandee’s teacart, shattering more of her porcelain and ceramic collection. One of these was a tea pot, broken into 8 pieces. Since I was able to repair that, I felt that the 17 piece saucer may have a chance, but I wouldn’t have bet money on it.

The secret to repairing objects such as these is to assemble as many pieces as possible without using any glue, relying on small sections of masking tape to keep the parts together.I started with the tea cup.

In repairs like this, if the pieces are glued together one at a time, the final pieces of the puzzle will rarely fit correctly. Any errors in alignment in the first pieces, however minor, throw off everything else. As the final pieces are added with the no glue method, the sections of tape on the first pieces can be removed, if necessary, for minor adjustments and then put back into place.

What looks like a perfect fit in many cases won’t be. Perfection can only be confirmed by feel, not sight. Running your finger across a seam will detect the slightest misalignment. If your finger senses that the joint is as smooth as the glossy surfaces around it, then it is perfect and can be held in place with tape on its backside. At this point, you must ensure you are working with clean hands. Any trace of dirt or oil on your finger will be transferred to the non-glazed porcelain as you slide it across a misaligned joint. With white porcelain or ceramic, this will make it impossible for the repaired crack to virtually disappear, which is possible when these steps are done correctly.

After all the pieces are perfectly aligned, the glue is then applied. BSI’s Insta-Cure super thin CA (Super Glue) has amazing penetrating properties. When applied to even an almost invisible crack, capillary action will fully coat the interior of a joint and go through to the other side. For this reason you must be careful how you hold the object being repaired, since the CA can appear in unexpected places and glue your fingers to the project. This is the reason I prefer to spray the entire repair project with our Insta-Set accelerator after all the thin CA is applied. While not necessary for a strong finished product, the Insta-Set allows me to immediately go to the next steps without bonding my skin to the porcelain.

The handle of the subject cup was set in place with the cup in an orientation that allowed only gravity to hold the handle in the correct position. One drop of the Insta-Cure was applied to each end and it was done.

For precise application of the Insta-Cure, BSI’s #302 extra fine extender tip or #305 capillary tubing should be used at the end of the nozzle (the #302 can be added to the end of the #304 extender tip if you are using a Pocket CA bottle). The CA is applied to the side opposite of where the tape has been placed. Inevitably, you may find that there are puddles of the thin CA where you don’t want them. The corners of a paper towel should be used to soak up this excess CA. This still leaves a thin coat of the CA on the surfaces, but this is taken care of in the next step.
After the masking tape has been removed, the excess CA on the porcelain can be removed using BSI’s Un-Cure debonder. This step is much easier if done immediately after the repair. Cyanoacrylate becomes much harder to dissolve after it has cured longer than 30 minutes. Small sections of paper towels should be soaked in the Un-Cure and vigorously rubbed on the glue joints. This can take from 30 second to a few minutes for each area, depending on the thickness of the cured CA. Your opposite hand should be used to push against the opposite side of thinner porcelain when the rubbing force is being applied.

Thicker amounts of CA can be sliced or scraped with a single-edge razor blade, with Un-Cure used to remove the thin layer that is left. Sometimes using your fingernail to scrape the surface can speed up the process. Areas where the CA has penetrated the masking tape are the most difficult to remove, so patience is an important factor in this process. Care should be observed by washing your hands at least every five minutes, or by using a latex gloves or their equivalent. The dissolved CA gets soaked into the paper towel so don’t hesitate to use more fresh towels than you may have anticipated.

This process does not affect the CA that is forming the bond in the cracks (the object would have to be soaked in Un-Cure or acetone for several hours for this to happen). Acetone (or fingernail polish remover) can be substituted for the Un-Cure in this process but it has a much higher evaporation rate, which slows down the whole procedure.
This saucer was repaired using the same process. The missing section had become little more than dust when the plate shattered, so this is the one obvious flaw in the repair, like the small chips in the lip of the cup. There is a procedure that can be used to fill these areas in, but that will have to be a subject for another time.
When done correctly, the cracks are nearly invisible.
Now for the “impossible” one. The five major pieces were put together and then glued, using the procedures above. The CA was put on no closer than 1” from the unrepaired areas. The non-glazed areas of the broken parts must not see any glue before they are assembled and taped in place.
All but the last two fragments are now in place. These two required more patience since the tape will not work for holding them perfectly in place (trust me on this one). Like the handle on the cup, you should rely on gravity to hold them in place. It may take a dozen or more tries to get them positioned just right at the same time, but once they are, they get the first drops of the Insta-Cure to hold them in place. Then you apply the CA to all the other joints.
Once the tape is removed and the Un-Cure does the cleanup, the saucer, to most eyes, will look undamaged.
While a significant amount of their monetary value has been lost, the Russian cups and saucers are ready to be displayed once more. Happy days are here again! Like Mighty Mouse, I came to save the day. Women like that.

FYI: The Insta-Cure that I used for the repairs is over two years old. Although this goes against the advise we give consumers, it has been open for over a year in my garage, which has exposed it to many days over 90 degrees F. The bottle of Un-Cure is over five years old. I think this makes a statement about the quality of BSI’s adhesives.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Architects Building Buildings With Odorless, Foam Safe Super Glue — Super-Gold+

We are in love with the models these architects build as much as they are in love with our glue! ZGF Architects, in Portland, Oregon, recently told us that they use BSI Super-Gold+ on almost every model they build for their clients. BSI's Super-Gold+ is our foam-safe, odorless super glue. This product is great for many types of materials and is perfect for working in a office where the toxic odor of regular cyanoacrylates can be a problem. As you can see in the pictures below, ZGF works with a huge array of materials and has an incredible knack for building 3-D models, which bring realistic life to their designs.

Architectual Model - Built with Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
Build Time: 300 hours – Materials: Acrylic / Foam / Basswood – Scale: 1/32"

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe CA - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
U of O Academic Center
Build Time: 400 hours – Materials: Stainless Steel Screen / MDF / Veneer / Acrylic – Scale: 1/8"

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Interior Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
Iowa Children's Hospital
Build Time: 400 hours – Materials: Foam / Acrylic / MDF – Scale: 3/16"

Interior Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Interior Architectual Model - Foam Safe CA - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
Build Time: 100-150 hours per plug – Materials: Foam / Wood / Acrylic – Scale: 1:250 metric

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
Build Time: 120 hours – Materials: Cherry / MDF / Veneer / Acrylic – Scale: 1:500 metric

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Cyanoacrylate - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
Project Impact
Build Time: 150 hours – Materials: Acrylic / Museum Board / MDF / Foamcore – Scale: 1/4"

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives

Scaled Architectual Model - Foam Safe Super Glue - Super-Gold+ - BSI Adhesives
For more information on ZGF Architects and their Model Shop you can download their fabrication booklet or visit their website: find out more about Super-Gold+
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Toni Clark - A Name that Will Live On.

Toni Clark Practical Scale is the distributor for BSI in Germany. They manufacture and distribute beautiful scale kits, such as this DH 82 Tiger Moth.

We received the sad news that Toni passed away on June 25, 2016 after running his company for over 46 years. His partner Gerhard Reinsch, an aeronautical engineer, and Rene Neumann will continue to operate Toni Clark for many years to come. Our sincere condolences to Toni Clark's family and the Toni Clark company.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Long Island Aquarium Coral Reef Built with BSI's IC-Gel

Coral Frag Glue - IC-Gel - Build Coral Frag Reef - BSI Adhesives
Joe Yaiullo, the Curator/Co-founder of the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, recently sent us this exciting video about how their Coral and Tropical fish tank is regularly maintained. All of their Coral started as frags that were glued with BSI's IC-Gel!

Thanks Joe for letting us enjoy your video.

Be sure to visit their website: Long Island Aquarium
For more information on BSI's IC-Gel for aquarium coral frags visit the BSI website.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Removing Old Masking Tape From Metal with Ease Using Insta-Clean™

Removing very old masking tape was my weekend challenge. While re-purposing this old metal flat file into an industrial coffee table, I was faced with getting rid of 20-30 year old masking tape that was all over the metal.

Tape removal - DIY Coffee Table Project - BSI Adhesives - Insta-Clean
Insta-Clean™ has a pleasant smell and doesn't evaporate
as soon as you apply it. It stays put to penetrate
the old tape or sticker and breaks down the adhesive.
I started out using Acetone which helped, but was still a tremendous amount of work. Plus the odors were horrible (even while working outside); the acetone solvent evaporated so fast that it wasn't working through the tape; I also knew it was bad for my hands and rubber gloves didn't help. My husband reminded me about this bottle of BSI Insta-Clean™ we had, so I tried it. The directions recommend leaving it on for 1-5 minutes, but I had to leave it sit longer (5 minutes per decade was more like it). I sprayed it on the tape –saturated it, then went to Home Depot. When I got back I was able to pull off big chunks at a time. Some places I had to pull the tape up a bit and then spray some more Insta-Clean underneath where the tape met the metal, wait a few seconds then pull some more. I still had to use my straight-edged blade, but this stuff REALLY works. Since it is attacking the glue and softening it things got pretty sticky, but the oil in the solvent kept it from just evaporating and it also helped to move my straight-egde blade along the top of the metal without gouging into the painted surface.

Insta-Clean - Sticker Remover - BSI Adhesives
Old masking tape is well saturated with Insta-Clean™ and left on for a bit to do the job.

After I got all the tape off, the final clean up with Acetone or Windex was a breeze.
Removing Masking Tape Residue - Insta-Clean Sticker Remover - BSI Adhesives
From this shot you can see how much tape I had to removed. This is just one side!

If you're a DIY weekend warrior you have to have this product in your bag of tricks! I have used it on the sticky residue left on mirrors from tape or stickers. I have also used in on glass, metal, Formica, and plastic. A friend also told me they use it on their painted white makeup vanity. When they get makeup on it and 409 or other cleaning products won't take it off, Insta-Clean seems to be the only thing that works, and it doesn't harm the surface!

Insta-Clean Sticker Remover - Masking Tape Reidue Gone - BSI Adhesives
I Love it! My finished Vintage Metal Flat file Coffee Table.
Insta-Clean™ Sticker Remover is a new product from BSI, the manufacturer of adhesives such as QUIK-CURE™ Epoxy and MAXI-CURE™ Super Glue. They certainly know their stuff. Insta-Clean is starting to be available in a wide variety of hardware stores and you can also buy it from them on-line at Amazon.

Deborah Swanson - Studio 101 West - BSI AdhesivesDeborah Swanson
Self-proclaimed DIY Weekend Warrior
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Muscle Cars Rely on the Strength of BSI Adhesives – Of Course!

IC-2000 adhesive - building muscle cars - Trans Am Worldwide - BSI adhesives
Do you like the look of the older muscle cars? Trans Am Worldwide in Tallahassee, FL takes a modern Chevy Camaro and gives it the look and power of your favorite Pontiac Trans Am. What adhesive do they use for all the rubber seals on the doors and panels? Just like Textron for their Beechcraft King Airs, they use BSI's IC-2000.

Adhesive on Cars - building muscle cars - Trans Am Worldwide - BSI adhesives
Photo from Trans Am Worldwide.
BSI's cyanoacrylates are also the most popular adhesives used in the booming custom car audio industry.

IC-2000 adhesive - gluing door panels - Trans Am Worldwide - BSI adhesives
Photo from Trans Am Worldwide.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

BSI Adhesives Supports Clubs That Promote R/C Flying

Each year BSI sends out donations of over $50 worth of adhesives to more than 100 modeling events. Recently, Contest Director John Griffin and the Reno Lake RC Club in Illinois put on the 22nd Annual Military Fly-In. The event attracted 60 pilots and over 130 aircraft. He sent this photo to us:
RC Club Adhesive Supplier - Hobby Adhesive - BSI Adhesives

It is important to us at BSI to give back to the sport that helped launched BSI. We love hearing about what the Radio Control community is up to and accomplishing. Owen from V.P. Newport News Park R/C Club shared this exciting report from their last event:
Team BSI,
Many thanks to Bob Smith Industries for helping to sponsor our 10th annual Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly hosted by the Newport News Park Radio Control Club in Newport News, VA. The weather was perfect for two days and a night of great flying. In addition to casual flying there were many rounds of foamy combat and the FPV racing course garnered much excitement as racing quads went zipping around the pylons. We had 40 registered pilots and approximately 50 spectators enjoying the event. Blaine Coblentz won best of show with a stunning de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver; Owen Perkinson earned the award for most flights on a single airplane; and Bruce Thompson earned the award for best night flight. Bruce’s night flying was absolutely amazing and brought the spectators to their feet many times with cheers of appreciation. Bruce was so impressed with the spectator’s enthusiastic cheers, he returned with a curtain call flight to end the night of flying. I’m sure we will have another great event next year. Thanks again Team BSI!!

Owen Dwire

V.P. Newport News Park R/C Club

AKA: Vprpilot

Remote Control Plane Adhesives - BSI Adhesives
Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly

RC Helecopter Adhesives - Cyanoacrolate for Remote Control Helecopers - BSI adhesives
Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly
RC plane line up - Remote Control Aircraft Event - RC adhesives - BSI adhesives
Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly
Awards Ceremony, Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly

The 2015 Cherry Valley R/C Park Bash ran 144 cars in 26 heats,
their biggest event ever. BSI's Tire Glues were given out as prizes.

Keep the exciting news coming in, we love it!!

BSI also supports plastic modeling, woodworking, and aquarium events. Clubs just need to notify BSI with details of their activities and they will receive a donation that usually arrives the week before the event.

To find out more about the BSI product line please visit our website: and contact us for your next R/C event.
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