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Old 10-29-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Banjo Wheel Restoration Who Does It

I have come up with a fairly nice Banjo Steering wheel, but the rim
needs to be restored....

Can any of you recommend someone you know that does this kind
of work ???

Any and All Leads or Help will be much appreciated

Thanks....Les in Minnesota

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Old 10-29-2015, 11:57 AM   #2
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DO IT YOURSELF. It is not all that difficult. Look in the archives for postings on that subject. By all means, use PC7 as the repair medium. I have done a couple of them myself, and they turned out great.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:50 AM   #3
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Eastwood has a nice Kit with instructions.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:30 AM   #4
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I started with a badly cracked wheel and used PC7. It's not a hard job, enlarge the cracks, apply the mixture and a lot of shaping and sanding as I recall.

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Old 10-30-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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Nice job. Good on you.
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Old 10-30-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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If recasting is what you want, there are several listed if you google but they are expensive. If it is just cracked, I'd try the PC7 epoxy.
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You can find PC7 at Ace Hardware, saw some on display last week.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:53 AM   #8
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When filling cracks with PC7 I use an air tool with a thin cut off wheel.
Cut down to the 3/8" steel ring, make it about 3/16" wide and drill 1/8"
holes in both sides of the slots. Work the PC7 into the holes with a small
screw driver. Over fill the slot slightly, wet your finger and smooth the
joint leaving it slightly humped in the center. Sand smooth and prime
with a good 2 part primer. G.M.
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Old 10-31-2015, 09:07 AM   #9
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I started one using JB Weld. Should I take this out and start over with PC7?
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:47 AM   #10
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PC7 is a "putty like" epoxy resin mix and is easier to work than a more liquid like epoxy resin. If you had good results with the JB weld then put a leever on it and leever alone.

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Old 10-31-2015, 04:04 PM   #11
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I started one using JB Weld. Should I take this out and start over with PC7?
JB Weld may work but not sure how it bonds to the wheel. I tried it
on the first wheel I did but found it to runny. The PC7 I believe bonds
good and may be a little flexible so it don't crack. I have never had a
problem with PC7 and I always drill 1/8" holes any place used to key
it together. G.M.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:14 PM   #12
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I used the kit from Eastwoods for my '34 pickup and the PC-7 worked great!! The "book/instruction" manual was very helpful and worth purchasing from Eastwoods as well.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:49 AM   #13
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I used JB Weld. I felt the 'runny' part was a plus; it enables the epoxy to seep deeper into the cracks. I also feel JB is easier to work with. I than used a 'fine' file to shape it before sanding and priming. The wheel looks AWESOME!
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:58 PM   #14
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I used JB weld and it turned out fine. It is for sale.
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