Stick It #009 – Mending Canvas and Preserving Cyanoacrylates

In this episode, repairing torn artwork on a budget, and tips to prevent liquid instant glues from hardening prematurely.

An advice podcast about glues and adhesives. From the producers of Ask Mr. Biggs.

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Episode 009 Show Notes:
In this episode, Biggs and Roger:

  • Discuss Conan O’Brien and his relationship to the show.
  • Podcastus interruptus is a real thing.
  • Biggs is a fan of ambrosia salad.
  • Discuss a BREAKING NEWS item out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where a canvas painting was ripped due to a scaffolding accident.

– Different countries spell regular words wrong.
– Paint scaffoldings and artwork do not mix.
– Most painters wear white pants.
– Biggs does not believe all art restoration work has to be expensive or perfect.
– Canvas is not an exotic material. Old tents and dungarees are plentiful.
– Some paintings are old.

  • Biggs does not do the job but simply offers wisdom on how folks can Stick It!
  • Confusion occurs due to Roger’s inability to silence his phone during the Ask Mr. Biggs Email Segment.
  • Answer a listener’s email out of Austin, Texas, regarding the proper use of cyanoacrylates and keeping a tube fresh for future use.

– Moisture is always a problem, and humid air can start the polymerization process.
– Don’t forget to put the cap back on.
– A simple 17-part process can let you reuse a tube of glue.
– Dollar stores can be messy.

  • Beware of fake packaging.
  • With a smartphone, you can’t take a picture with a picture.
  • Standard podcast recording tape lasts 30 minutes per side.

Products featured in Episode 009 were:

Bish’s Original Tear Mender Instant Fabric and Leather Adhesive (Tear Mender is an all-natural, non-toxic fabric adhesive that forms a permanent, yet flexible, waterproof bond to any porous material. Tear Mender has over 101 different uses. It is most commonly used for fabric, leather and vinyl repair for indoor and outdoor applications. Within three minutes of application you could wear a garment repaired with Tear Mender. It works by seeping into the tiny crevices in the fiber of fabrics, creating a bond that is permanent. Dries to create a flexible bond that can be machine-washed without ever weakening. Durable and long lasting formula using the adhesive power of natural latex. Within fifteen minutes of application you could wash it. Tear Mender is made from renewable resources and has minimal impact to the environment. UV resistant, non-toxic and acid-free. All natural latex. Put some on a canvas patch to restore a 100-year-old painting, and if you stand back 20 feet, you would not be able to notice.)

Bish’s Tear Mender Amazon affiliate link:
Bish’s Original Tear Mender Instant Fabric and Leather Adhesive


Super Glue (Cyanoacrylates are a family of strong fast-acting adhesives with industrial, medical, and household uses. Cyanoacrylate adhesives have a short shelf life if not used, about one year from manufacture if unopened, and one month once opened. They have some minor toxicity. Cyanoacrylates include methyl 2-cyanoacrylate and ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate which are commonly sold under trade names such as “Super Glue” and “Krazy Glue.” Original formula Super Glue forms the strongest bonds in tight joints between clean breaks or smooth surfaces. Best used with non-porous application parts such as metal and rubber. The glue bonds instantly, sets in seconds and is packaged in long lasting 2 gram tubes. Instantly bonds metal, aluminum, rubber, most plastics, ceramics, china, wood, pottery, jewelry, fingernails and more. To keep it fresh, place the cap back on, freeze it or use a vaccum sealer to store the product, or go buy another tube from the dollar store because it’s cheap.)

Super Glue Amazon affiliate link:
Super Glue 4 Pack (4-0.07oz/2g, total 0.28oz/8g)