sealer for resin?

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Postby Green Villain » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:20 pm

I got my wife a really neat bird bath a few years ago. It's got a wrought iron stand, and the bowl is cast from that plastic resin stuff. It cracked and I reapired it with 2 part epoxy, but now this year it's leaking again with no visible cracks. I was wondering if I clean it well and paint it if that's good enough to seal it, or is there something better I can do for a more permanent seal?
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Postby DanielS » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:25 pm

Maybe you can slather Bondo on the whole thing then sand it down to a smooth finish? That's all I can think of right now. Good luck!
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Postby Green Villain » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:48 pm

Thanks DanielS, but that's not really what I'm looking to do. I'd like something liquid or more fluid than that to basicly brush or spray on to seal the surface. I've googled some to no avail, so I'll be broadening my search query to see what I can find.
Anyone else have an ideas?
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Postby spudman029 » Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:12 pm

Use some jb weld and a puddy knife to smooth it out
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Postby Navigator7 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:23 am

It cracked and I reapired it with 2 part epoxy, but now this year it's leaking again with no visible cracks. [/quote]

Hmmmm?

That's a tough one.

Sunlight, water, wet / dry, wet / dry conditions all work against you.

I really don't know the answer to fixing bird baths but plenty of experience with what doesn't work.
Very few paints are going to survive under water,
Resins...like fiberglas will break down in the sunlight.......etc.

This will sound crazy but what I think might work is smearing bentonite clay into the bottom of the birdbath.
Bentonite expands about 20 times it's volume and is used round the world for sealing ponds, damns, well casings, basements, and so forth.
Sprinkle some powder in, smear it around like working grease into a bearing, remove the excess and mist some water in. Keep it moist. A few hours later fill the birdbath with water.

In it's basic form it's cheap cheap cheap.

By the time it's gets to hardwares stores the price goes up.

If you have a foundry supply you might be able to sweep some off a pile on the floor.

Otherwise....you might be able to buy "expanding grout" at the hardware store.

One of downsides to using bentonite is the fact it does expand. It is used for busting large rocks apart where explosives can't be used. Drill a bunch of holes, insert bentonite and water and come back the next day and the rock is smaller.

If you have no visible cracks I'd think this solution would work good. Bentonite is not toxic, the birds would care, and I think would hold up better than many other product and you couldn't tell the difference.
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Postby Green Villain » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:03 pm

Thanks Nav, I've never heard of that stuff. I'll have to look around for some and see if it's available in my area. I work in a paper mill, maybe by chance someone in the maintenance dept. might have some! (then it would be my favorite price...FREE!)
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