You might not believe it but Stormsure adhesive is great for making repairs to concrete.
I have a concrete garden ornament. It broke in half as someone tried to move it and it dropped on the floor. They made an attempt to repair it using an epoxy putty. However it broke again shortly afterwards in the same place.
When trying to reassemble it there was a problem of the old epoxy putty still sticking to one side. I chipped this away until the fit was as good as it was going to get. However there were still quite large gaps in some places between the two sides when they were held together.
I put Stormsure adhesive on both sides of the break and placed the two halves back together. I put it face down on a hard flat surface (and wrapped some string around it) to keep them in position while the adhesive cured. The next day I removed the string. The bonding was very good but there were still some gaps which needed filling. I did this with a tube of adhesive with and precision nozzle. Once the gaps were filled I dusted the adhesive with some dry cement powder. It sticks to the wet glue but dries looking pretty natural. Any drips of glue were cut away.
The result? A perfectly usable garden ornament which most people do not even notice had been damaged beforehand.
We have a GREAT new product for sale in 2016. It is called “StormProof”.
You can spray it on to almost any fabric, from a distance of about 15cm or 6 inches, and then let it dry naturally in the air. (If you can dry it on a radiator or tumble drier that is even better.) Once it is dry the material will become hydrophobic. That means that water landing on the surface will form a ball and roll off – keeping you dry. Not only will it repel water, it will also help to repel oil and soil.
Use this product to reproof breathable fabrics. It is ideal for use on fleeces, jumpers, raincoats, tweeds, woollens, horse rugs, car soft roof material, leather footwear, umbrellas, tents, awnings and so much more.
Watch these 2 short videos to see just how simple it is to use, and just how effective it is. It is available from Stormsure Ltd in the UK. Tel +44 (0)3333 44 1500 email firstname.lastname@example.org
I was having a tinker in the shed the other day, decided to start doing bit of tidying/mending as you do… Now my shed is an Aladdin’s cave of half made bird boxes, shelving, rubbish, old cloths and shoes, tool boxes and other random bits that are no longer wanted from the house.
The tidying I can put off for another day. So….I got the various bits needed to start the mend – Stormsure flexible repair adhesive, super glue, hammer and nails bit of duct tape for the proper bodges.
I found one of my old leather jackets, it was a much loved favourite of mine once upon a time. But now the stitching had come away, one of the sleeves had almost completely departed. This would be my first job of the day. I knew I needed the strength and weather resistance of the Stormsure but the precision of the Superglue pen I had to hand. (I didn’t think the hammer and nails would have been much use for this).
I wondered if the nozzle from the glue pen would work on my Stormsure tube….
Eureka..! It fits.
Heres a close up of the stitching being glued. The nozzle worked great, so much easier than a spreader. No mess on my new old jacket as the glue goes within a millimetre of where it needs to be. The glue does not gush out due to the small hole at the end. Best of all the air tight cap keeps the glue fresh without having to use the usual trick of having to keep it in the freezer.
Getting those hard to reach places.
Had mine out of the fridge for over 3 weeks now; I wouldn’t recommend doing this however because it does say on the packet to store in the fridge or freezer.
I was getting my inflatable boat towable ready for the summer (this is a large inflatable mattress that you can tow behind a speed boat) only to discover that the mice had been at it. A couple of small holes in the PVC are going to spoil the fun. A quick dollop of Stormsure Flexible Repair Adhesive have fixed them in no time.
Worse, however, is the fact that the bung is missing. I can inflate it with no problem, but I cannot keep the air in! The bung has an unusual thread which tapers as it goes in. I have looked on line but found nothing.
So , I have made a new bung. I used StormForm. This is a hot water mouldable polymer. It comes in granule form. I put about 25 grams in a cup and covered it with boiling water.
After a few seconds it all melts into a thick flexible plastic. Then, with my hands I have moulded this into the rough shape of a bung. Of course it did not fit, but by remelting the StormForm and screwing the bung into the hole, I have managed to make a perfect screw thread.
After about 10 minutes I have an airtight bung again.
Hand Made bung
This paragraph taken from a Stormsure product review on Amazon.co.uk
I have used many types of glue and sealant both at home and at work, including many types of silicone rubber. However, Stormsure is unlike any that I have come across. It is low odour and slow setting, yet is a clear flowable liquid – a combination I have not seen before.
I used it to repair a 3cm gash in a pair of synthetic rubber wellies, probably inflicted by barbed wire. You have to be careful that it doesn’t run where you don’t want it, as it will slowly creep downhill until it starts to set, which takes 2-3 hours. The result was a very strong repair that I reckon will last as long as the boots themselves. I put the repaired boots to the test round our local woods on several occasions, as well as in the garden, followed by vigorous scrubbing with a stiff nylon brush get the mud off. I deliberately scrubbed the repaired section too, and yet there is no sign of the sealant/adhesive being damaged or coming off.
I really am very impressed, and I just wish I had known about it before I retired from work!
A few people have contacted me recently asking if their tube of glue was OK as it seemed to be very viscous or partially cured in the tube. In fact, this is not the case and it is not a problem.
When the glue is very cold is does get more viscous. I put the tube in a tea cup and pour boiling water on it and leave it for a few minutes to warm up. Then the glue becomes quite fluid again and is perfect to use right away.
Note that partially used tubes should be kept in the fridge or freezer, as it will make the glue go waxy and hard but prevent it from curing inside the tube. Then the glue will be in good condition to use again a few weeks or months later. (The glue is very sensitive to contact with water or water vapour which initiates the curing reaction.)
Often people use the neck of the tube to spread the glue around when they are making a repair, and this can cause the cap to get permanently fixed the neck of the tube. Just pour out some glue (put the cap back on right away) and use a spatula or knife to spread the glue around.
This product is available now.
It is the simplest and most practical repair solution I have come across in years. You can use it anywhere and in almost any conditions. And you can re-use it 100s of times. Just put a spoonful of StormForm Granules into a tea cup. Cover with boiling water and wait 20 seconds. The plastic beads melt, and can be lifted out with a spoon. You then have a transparent putty in your hands with which you can make and shape articles. If it is not quite right warm it up and try again.
The plastic is sticky when hot but after ten minutes it cools and hardens into white plastic. I made a clip which holds my bicycle lamp, and it is stuck directly onto my cycling helmet. After 6 months of use it is still in good shape and has needed nothing doing to it. See another demonstration video on the website below:
It is available from the Stormsure website for £9.99