Case Study: Permanent Mortar and Pestle Repair Made Using Epoxy Adhesive

A cracked mortar and pestle set having undergone repair using Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive

Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesives saves the grind of buying a new mortar and pestle

A high-strength, permanent repair using Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive to a granite pestle cracked into two parts saves its owner from the grind of having to find a new mortar and pestle set for their kitchen.

Case Study Data

Repair Type
High-strength bonding
Granite pestle cracked into two pieces

Products Used

Sylmasta Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive
Epoxy adhesive with a 5 minute work time for high-strength bonding between all materials, including granite

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Case Study Details

The mortar and pestle set was made of granite. The pestle had been cracked in two parts when it was dropped onto a granite kitchen worktop, leaving a break close to the base of the tool.

As the owner was rather fond of the pestle, they wanted to repair it rather than buy a replacement. To do so, they needed to find an adhesive capable of permanently bonding the two parts together and withstanding the rigour the tool went through when grinding ingredients.

A cracked granite pestle part of a pestle and mortar set before undergoing repair with an epoxy adhesive
The pestle had snapped into two parts

With traditional superglue ruled out as not being strong enough, they instead turned to epoxy adhesives. Sometimes known as structural or engineering adhesives, epoxies are used when high-performance, super-strength and powerful bonds are required.

Sylmasta Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive was chosen due to its fast cure time and versatility in working effectively on a multitude of materials, including granite. Rapid 5 Minute comes with the two components that make up an epoxy adhesive – resin and hardener – kept separate.

Sylmasta Rapid 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive applied to a granite pestle as part of a pestle and mortart repair
The bottom section was supported in an upright position by a piece of rubber. Rapid 5 Minute was then coated onto the top section

Both parts were extruded onto a piece of cardboard and then mixed together with a spatula for around 30 seconds. Once an even mix had been achieved, the spatula was used to apply a layer of adhesive where the break was on the top part of the pestle.

The bottom section of the pestle meanwhile had been placed on a piece of rubber for support and to keep it upright. The top part was pushed firmly against the bottom section as soon as the adhesive had been applied. Excess epoxy squeezed out from between the joint was wiped away with a tissue.

Rapid 5 Minute sets in around 3 to 5 minutes at room temperature. The top of the pestle was pressed against the bottom for this period of time, after which the owner was able to stop holding it in place as bonding had begun to take effect.

The pestle was left undisturbed for a further 30 minutes, allowing the epoxy adhesive to reach maximum properties. A full cure was achieved within 24 hours, after which the pestle could be used again in the kitchen.

With Rapid 5 Minute setting relatively clear, there were no obvious glue lines or evidence of a break. To the unaware, the mortar and pestle had never been cracked or undergone repair. Several years later and the mortar and pestle set is still working perfectly.

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