No BS!! You use BS (Baking Soda)
With cracks, gaps and holes galore, baking soda has helped make my super glue the SUPER HERO it’s toted to be.
Often when creating or fixing we get gaps and holes that need filling.
Sure, you can use epoxy, wood filler or modeling clay, but if you already have the super glue and baking soda you can use it instead. Besides time sometimes is a factor. This is quick.
Here are some quick fixes with BS and Super Glue.
Step 1: Supplies!!!
Super glue ( Liquid runny type) not gel.
And of course cracks,holes,splits and divots. Or anything else you can think of .
Always remember when using Super glue be very careful.
Step 2: What the Two Really Do.
We can’t just fill with super glue, because it would take time to cure and may even seep out.
Cyanoacrylates are fast curing adhesives but not always designed for mass filling applications. That is where the true super hero comes to the rescue (Baking Soda).
When super glue meets Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) it starts the polymerization process fast. There have been tests with other powders but nothing as readily available and affordable as BS.
Together they form a cement like substance that is extremely durable. Water as well accelerates the curing.
I will show variations on how you can use this super duo to repair and create in a flash.
Step 3: Filling a Hole to Accommodate a Eye Screw.
This is a threading bracket I made from recycled paintbrush handles.
The hole is large but I just needed to fill it in so I can put the eye screw in.
I simply tape the back put in a little baking soda, then a little super glue (the reason you want runny super glue is so that it penetrates the BS).
You also want to do in layers till it gets filled. Alternating between glue and baking soda.
After I put the first layer in, the screw is set in place. Back-fill around it as described. This helps the items to have tooth. Let rest a couple minutes dust away leftover BS, remove tape and finished.
This technique can be used in many ways. Just remember do not do on anything that is hanging or on an item that can cause damage, if it fails or can harm anyone.
Step 4: Broken and Cracked Tile.
This tile was cracked and a chip missing. first the piece was glued together.
Then a little glue was put into crevasse then a little baking soda. Let it sit for a minute then wipe the surface. Nail sanders are used to flatten the repaired area.
I have done this type of fix many times. A bathroom tile area, counter top, foyer area. It can handle a normal amount of ware. But affordable enough to repeat if necessary.
A friend of mine was doing a new back splash and had purchased clearance tile. One of the tiles fell and broke causing this same type of problem, she was concerned about color. You can add color in powder form to the baking soda, eye shadow works well, matte colors preferred. Repair completed.
Step 5: Hole in What?
Holes and cracks in wood plastic etc. Clean the area, fill in layers, sand and paint.
Test before staining, depends on stain used.
If the object being filled isn't for mechanical purpose, you can pack a hole with paper towel first, add some glue then finish with the baking soda and glue.
So just remember this is not the answer for every repair or creation but it is a Super quick way.
Always wear protective gear and be very careful!
Thank you! The Juliart
Grand Prize in the
Baking Soda Challenge 2017