The trouble with plastic it takes a really long time to degrade, they do say that a plastic bottle takes 450 years to completely decompose and as one of those strange folk that takes a peverse delight ‘enjoying’ a dip in the North Sea summer or winter without the benefit of a wetsuit I do come across an awful lot of discarded plastic, fortunately not when swimming but…, In the summer our little beach at King Edwards Bay Tynemouth can be littered with plastic buckets, spades, toys a variety of sand moulds all after a hot day, talk about a disposable society. In the winter we don’t get the bucket and spades, plastic bottle debris etc however if we have had a few days of gale force North Easterly’s its often fishermens debris, old lobster pots with rotten wooden bases the plastic hoops still intact, fish boxes, polypropylene netting and lengths of rope which are all coming up from the seabed. The above images are of just over two weeks worth of plastic discarded on our sometimes lovely beach! Items made from this material whilst enjoying a long life do suffer from the effects of sunlight in so much as they can fade quite badly and they can become brittle. Plastic is notoriously hard to successfully glue to itself but to attach to another substrate, well up to now almost impossible!
The other day, we received a circular from those clever guys at Blue Gee raving about GEE PRO BOND, according to the ’blurb’ it’s a fast cure adhesive with rapid strength, it will bond alloy, steel and carbon steel. Composites such as epoxy and GRP polyester/vinylester laminates and as for plastics apparently it will bond ABS, Acrylics, Vinyl & Polycarbonates and you don’t always have to pretreat the surface! Well being the suspicious sort of guy that I am, beware of snake-oil salesmen, I asked if I could have a sample to try (nowt like a freebie being off Scottish parentage) sadly no was the answer, but buy some and if not happy with the performance send back and we will refund your monies, so two weeks later with our sail loft wanted to securely fasten a poorly fitting plastic batten end to a GRP rod for an industrial application (had to take a 100 kilo pull) it was a case of lets put Gee Pro Bond to the test and of course it did what the packaging said, a brilliant bond with no surface preparation!
Since that then I have repaired the sail lofts trusty Dyson and i'll be taking a Gee Pro Bondout to Greece, I have a couple of jobs in mind, first one is to repair the plastic man overboard light bracket, the second being put together our dish rack drainer, I managed to snap an upright after attempting to load it up with a deeper than normal plate!