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How to fix Bakelite

Discussion in 'Skills and Smarts' started by 1930artdeco, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. 1930artdeco

    1930artdeco Practically Family

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    I just bought an inkwell that may be Bakelite or plastic. Either way the lid is cracked and needs to be fixed. Which glue should I use?

    Mike
     
  2. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I've had good luck with JB Weld.
     
  3. 3fingers

    3fingers Practically Family

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    I'd agree with JB Weld being a good choice. Clean and prep the surface, mix it up and apply carefully. Set it aside until well cured and you should be good to go. I have been surprised more than once with how well it worked.
     
  4. 1930artdeco

    1930artdeco Practically Family

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    Wow, is there anything people on this forum don't know?

    Mike
     
  5. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

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    I have 2-3 sets of Catalin (early Bakelite) poker chips & chip carrier that I have polished starting with #0 steel wool & working up thru #0000. I have a Bakelite radio that needs some glue work, then polish but I have never attempted it. Thanks for the tips on JB Weld! I'm wondering if the seam can be polished out after sealing?
     
  6. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The trick is to go very very easy on the adhesive -- you don't want a bead or a blob of it extruding out of the crack. If you do end up with this you can level it with a Dremel tool, but don't try to do so unless you have good eyes and a very steady hand. Just use enough adhesive to moisten the broken surface rather than gobbing it on like toothpaste.
     

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