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    Default Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

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    I have just taken deliver of a Sheaffer Imperial IV with a nice juicy broad nib at a price too good to just send it back, but it has a crack about 10mm long on the end of the barrel where the blind cap fits.

    Whats the best glue to use to get a good strong repair, would Acetone or MEK do a good job or is something else recommended.

    Thanks for any help or tips on this repair

    Paul

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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Acetone will melt the barrel and should definitely not be used. I'm not sure whether MEK would do a good job either. I have used my old trusty Araldite 2020 to repair cracks in Kaweco caps, that have been able to be posted afterwards with no problem. However, I appreciate it's too expensive for many people to have in their kit. I wouldn't buy it now, I only use it because I already have it.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Just looked up the Araldite 2020 OUCH 50 a pot is a bit out of my league.

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    We have a very local Buck & Hickman. I bought my pack there.
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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Ok, so went with the MEK option using a dental Band Clamp to hold it overnight until full cured then micromeshed and polished.

    Pen is back in use and a strong lupe is needed to see any sign of a repair and as this was a for me pen because of the nib I am more than happy with the result.

    Paul

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    Where do you get a dental band clamp in the UK?
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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Where do you get a dental band clamp in the UK?
    I see that and all I can think of is "This one time at band clamp...".
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    Cool Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    I get them on eBay 5.95 for 2

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deal-of-T...r/273696775026

    Then just cut thin strips of the brass sheeting sold for cleaning between the nib tines I get mine from here https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brass-Shi...5/222970998362

    They do a nice job of applying even pressure around a round object like a barrel or your teeth or something else if you go to "Band Camp"

    Paul

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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul-H View Post
    Ok, so went with the MEK option using a dental Band Clamp to hold it overnight until full cured then micromeshed and polished.

    Pen is back in use and a strong lupe is needed to see any sign of a repair and as this was a for me pen because of the nib I am more than happy with the result.

    Paul
    I believe we would all be pleased if you posted some pictures of the repaired pen.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    I would but its black and with a glass like shine to it so almost impossible to do it justice, will have a go though.

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    Default Re: Sheaffer Imperial IV with cracked barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul-H View Post
    I would but its black and with a glass like shine to it so almost impossible to do it justice, will have a go though.
    Not all repairs are in the form of "the pen looks like new". It can be still admirable to view a pen brought back to good, useable condition. No one expects miracles.
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