WHEN a repair is made using an adhesive, it often does not last long. The reason for this is that the fix only occurs at the part that broke, and the fix is not reinforced to prevent the same break from occurring again.
That’s according to Adhesives Marketing Manager for Pratley, Mark Bell, who said this is especially true for certain plastics that are difficult to bond using ordinary adhesives.
This is where the company’s Powda Bond comes in. Bell described it as product that can fix and strengthen repairs with its black and white powder fillers. “It is suitable for any lightweight and heavy-duty fixes making it ideal for any household or workshop” and “fantastic on plastics”.
He added that it is extremely fast curing, can repair most plastics, can be filed, sanded and painted once cured, and can even be submerged into water once cured.
“One can even repair broken plastic clips, broken plastic car grilles, damaged wheel caps and plastic car bumpers. It is also great for repairing motorcycle fairings and plastics,” said Bell.
Pratley Powda Bond consists of two specially formulated filler powders designed to absorb the liquid adhesive faster and more effectively than ordinary products on the market that use powder fillers.
“Pratley’s formulation is completely unique and ensures optimal penetration.” The liquid adhesive wicks through the powder fillers right down to the substrate without leaving any powder residual. This, Bell said, ensures consistent strengthening and a robust repair.
Other quick repair uses around the home include broken or cracked fridge drawers and most kitchen appliances, except for inside microwave ovens. For rubber O-rings, Superglue single adhesive is recommended.
In terms of the actual application of the product, Bell said the different coloured powders are only for a colour surface match. One can also paint or spray over the repair once it has cured, which takes a few seconds.
“People tend to repair rather than replace expensive items nowadays, both on the home front and in terms of their motor vehicles, so we are seeing sales growth in all of these products.”
Bell said Pratley has an extensive R&D division working to develop new products, and laboratories to test new applications for existing products.