welding pot metal ?

by Scott Davidson
(Aurora Co)

A friend mine gave me a 6" tall statue of a dancer standing on one leg. It is broken right above her ankle. I think is it is pot metal. A magnet won't stick to it. He said it is his daughters and I would like to fix it for him, but not sure how. Any suggestions? I was leaning toward epoxy.

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pot metal is a royal pain to weld. i would use epoxy and you could even drill a 1/4 hole in both halfs and add a stiffener pin .

i welded a pot metal throwout bearing part from a 1929 vehicle a few months ago and was going to post a video. It gave me such fits that i scrapped the video .

it finally stuck after hours of re grinding, wire brushing etc. but man it was ugly.

i usually tig weld it with alladin 3 in 1 rod and sometimes it works fine, but often, i wish i had gone with epoxy.

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Jun 25, 2011
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Pot Metal Repair
by: Anonymous

Check out muggyweld.com Have not used yet, but looks good. ALWAYS test on scrap FIRST!!!!!

Jan 17, 2011
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Pot metal, epoxy not weld
by: Scott

I ended up drilling a small hole and tapping in a roll pin. That alone held it pretty secure. I then used JB stick weld and bonded it together and smoothed it out. It looks like the statue has a small boot on instead of a ballet shoe but I didn't want to sacrifice strength for looks. Thanks for all the good tips. I've tried welding pot metal before and had a very hard time, I'm glad I'm not alone.
Scott

Jan 17, 2011
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pin it
by: Anonymous

yeah man,drill it,pin it & epoxy under pressure.... would be the route I would take...

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