by Gordon Wilson, TCA 76-10233
Rarely have I ever flat out promoted one product over another. I do this for a couple of reasons. First and foremost is because my name is so very often associated with TCA, that such a promotion is automatically interpreted by many members as being tantamount to TCA’s endorsement of that product. A secondary reason is that I learned while completing my academic degrees that to make a “for sure” statement, one should have a great deal of positive statistical evidence to back up that statement. All that having been said, allow me to say that what follows is ME speaking for myself and not TCA. This product is a fast-adhering glue and I feel I’ve tried enough of these products to be able to know whose claims work and whose don’t !
Last April (2008) while at the York Meet and in the Orange, or Dealers’ Hall, I came across a vendor who was selling some beautiful wooden, larger sized items, such as musical instruments, golf carts, motor cycles, airplanes, and locomotives. They were of museum quality – the type of piece that you’d put in a prominent place or in a display case. I bought several of them, some of which needed some minor assembling with a glue. How often have we all listened to a vendor tell us of all the positive effects of a product? “It will hold ‘x’ number of pounds; it will never dry out; you can leave it without a cap for hours and not worry about it drying out or clogging up the spout; it will bond anything in a matter of seconds.” Do these claims sound familiar? Upon arriving at home, you then try it out, but like the gadgets sold on TV in those Info-mercials, for some reason it doesn’t work.
Well, ladies and gentlemen of the TCA, Dr. Mike Rice “threw” the glue into the packages I bought and asked me to try it. I listened to his “pitch” about the qualities of this product and more or less said to myself, “Yea, sure, just like all the rest!” To say I was skeptical of the claims he made for his product would be an understatement. Was I ever wrong!
Mike Rice, who no longer carries the wooden models (what a shame – they were and are gorgeous), told me that his adhesive does not evaporate while in its container, nor does it congeal over a period of months. He said he knew it would last in liquid form at least nine months. I can tell you for sure that that is without a doubt the absolute truth. How often I’ve gone to a brand new, never been opened vile of Crazy Glue, only to find that it has solidified. I’ve had to scratch the project I’m working on until I can get some new glue, not to mention the fact that down the drain went the money I’d spent on the congealed new container of Crazy Glue. Dr. Mike’s glue will not dry out, even if left open all day. I have done that already to Dr. Mike’s glue for over 24 hours – sometimes I’m not too careful when using glues of any type. You can also keep his glue in a refrigerator without harming it. Dr. Mike’s adhesives can be used on Delrins, acrylics, rubber, pvc’s, styrene’s, polyethylene’s, abs, resins, die-cast iron, brass, ceramics, porcelain, lead crystal, stained glass, blown glass, fiberglass, leather, some aluminum, pewter, wood, pot metal and many more too numerous to list. I’ve never come across anything quite as good – anywhere, anytime, or anyplace. I recently fixed a Christmas ornament of Blown Glass for Beth Stange. Was she ever happy.
It is, however, currently not available in any store. As of this article, it is available only by ordering it over the Internet at TCA Shows or by placing a Fax, USPS Mail, or telephone order directly with [ Dr. Michael Rice, the formulator of Dr. Mike’s at his Marketing company Innovative Promotions in Ashland, Virginia. ] There are two types of glue available and I would recommend you speak with Dr. Mike or read about them on his website to determine which one best fits what you wish to do. One glue is called “Dr. Mike’s Model-n’ Crafter’s Glue” and that is the one on which I based this article and review. The second one is called “Lightning Bond” and has a three-year shelf life. It sets in seconds and can actually be used, if need be, with very little oxygen.