Delta Quick Steel Repair and Retain and All Trade Workshop Wipes

WhyBuys?  Quicksteel Repair and Retain

  • Versatile method of compensating for wear and tear
  • Used correctly it does the job
  • Easy and cheap to get hold of
  • Uses limited by your imagination?

WhyBuys?   All Trade workshop wipes

  • Not the cheapest wipes – but they are excellent
  • Well-designed tub
  • Wipes come out evenly
  • Makes hands feel smooth and protected
  • Works on foam – a big bonus for me

Delta Quick Steel Repair and Retain

A Paste Repair for Metal Parts

It does still seem strange to me that carbon fibre is used to make Formula 1 cars and wings for jet liners – somehow the materials just don’t fit. But clearly they do. Having examined a Formula 1 car close up and then seen how strong they are in televised crashes where the driver walks away from a 150 mile an hour pile-up, I have no grounds to be sceptical.

However, when presented with a plastic canister of Delta Quick Steel my scepticism was once again awakened – how could a silver-looking viscous liquid be used for retaining and repairing worn metal parts – even on working machines.

The Quick Steel is presented in a plastic container that has a hard outer body and a squeezy telescopic inner lining. The compound inside is delivered via a small plastic spout with a tip that is cut off to suit the size of the amount you want to squeeze out. This in turn is covered by a white cover that no doubt helps to keeps a bit of a seal on the contents for some kind of shelf life.

The liquid itself seems a lot like a thick but viscous steel – with what looks like particles of steel in it.

To quote the blurb – “Quick Steel Adhesive is an anaerobic adhesive which is designed to retain close fitting metal parts which have signs of wear.”  

In my mind this means that the adhesive has some body that is designed to harden fully when it is used to fill the small scores and lines that sometimes mean that bearings or keys can’t be retained in place. It is quite unlike the “normal” adhesives that we would use to join things, in that the Quick Steel needs to be in a closed anaerobic environment adjacent to the steel which it is meant to replace. So it is the case that the user might have to be very careful where the Quick Steel is put so that it repairs rather than clogs. Clearly there is also a limit to its usage in the sense that it would hardly be used to rebuild the end of a stub gear shaft, for example.

In terms of marketing niche, I think the users of this product will largely be the skilled and resourceful owners of vintage machines, cars, bikes etc and backyard mechanics who love old machines and need a way to compensate for the inevitable wear and tear that these old machines show. It may be the last throw of the dice before, eventually, the part has to be very expensively milled from scratch.

I had to scratch my head for a while to find a suitable test situation for the Quick Steel. I confess that any machines I use that break down, are usually repaired with replacement parts or recycled. However, I was keen to fix a slipping keyway on an electric motor I use to power a polishing mop. I applied the Quick steel, set the key and drive wheel, wiped off the excess and stood back to let the adhesive do its work. I did check a couple of times to find that the Quick Steel was going off quite slowly – no doubt due to the fact that it has been the coldest week of winter in Sussex so far. By moving it to a slightly warmer environment I speeded up the process (an accelerator is available)  The result that I got was very pleasing – the key firmly held in place and no rattling drive wheel when I switched the power on. Very useful stuff in my view. 

Delta All Trade Workshop Wipes

The Engineers’ Friend

Tubs of wipes of various kinds are now a feature of many worksites and I use them regularly myself. Even clients ask me where to get them, once they see how useful they can be in cleaning up stains, spills, marks and dirty hands at the end of a day. But wipes have now also been round long enough for us to realise that we have to choose between them carefully. Some of the cheaper ones are cheap for the reason that they don’t work that well, while some others are expensive for a reason, but that reason may not be the stuff we are trying to get off our hands after work.

So, it is time we got to grips with what various brands and types of wipes will do and then choose from the range that suits us best.

These Delta wipes are labelled All Trade Workshop Wipes and are “specially formulated for removing oil, grease, paint, expanding foam, sealants and adhesives from hands, tools and surfaces.”

This list covers a lot of trades from plumbers to decorators to mechanics. But it is interesting to note that the basic materials that the wipes will clean are all basically greasy or sticky and as such they should work well. In my experience, other surfaces may need a “biological” wipe, a textured surface wipe, or some other variation. Like kissing frogs to find a prince, you will just have to try lots before you find the solution that is best for you.

Not all wipe containers are created equal either. I have seen many tubs with the lids taped on because they have been broken off. A loose or broken lid will allow the wipes inside to slowly dry out and become useless. The Delta Wipes, fortunately, have a nice close fitting lid with an easy-to-use system for pulling the wipes through so that they arrive one-by-one and separate from each other easily. The lid sealer also fits tightly so that evaporation is minimised.

Perhaps the most important thing of all is the formulation of the cleaning solution that the wipes contain. Ultimately that, and the strength and texture of the wipe itself, will determine its effectiveness. To answer the above, the Delta wipes are made of polypropylene (don’t flush them – put them in the rubbish bag) immersed in a cleaning solution that also includes lanolin for protecting hands from drying out and anti-bacterial agents for killing the usual 99.9% of germs.

Armed with only these wipes I set out for a job that involved a replacing a window from a wooden framed one to a uPVC unit.  This, of course, meant using the dreaded expanding foam, and also some minor making-good redecoration with both gloss and emulsion paint. In my experience, only very few wipes will actually shift expanding foam, even if they say they do. The Delta wipes were pretty good at removing expanding foam and worked particularly well on hands. The odd spot or two on smooth surfaces was also swiftly dealt with, and any drops of paint were also easily cleaned up – even when they had dried a little.

The end of the day final wipe of hands showed that my hands were clean, sweet smelling, and not dried out from powerful solvents – in my book they tick all the boxes so I would definitely use these again. 

Delta Tru-Flex Silicone Tapes – Does Repairs and a Whole Lot More

Delta Plasma UseWe are supposed to be living in the silicone age – but I doubt if the geeks in Silicone Valley would recognize the features of the silicone used in the range of silicone tapes from Delta Adhesives, a company based in Yorkshire.

Having had a number of minor disasters when it comes to leaks and breaks and having used tapes to seal them, I am very pleased to have discovered the Delta tapes, because, used properly, they almost always work. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I have a 100% success rate with Delta tapes and a couple of trade converts as well.

There are two key things to remember with these tapes:- They only stick to each other and they need to be used correctly in order to achieve the perfect result. Delta recommends that when repairing a leak for example, the wrapping of the leak should start around 7cm away so that the requisite strength and coverage can be built up to resist the leak pressure.

The tapes come in white and black on 3m long reels. Each tape is backed with a clear plastic liner to prevent it sticking to itself when you don’t want it to. Resistant to water, petrol, oil, acids, solvents, salt water and UV rays and able to withstand pressures of 700 psi when used correctly, it doesn’t take too much imagination to realize that everyone from motorists to sailors to tradespeople would be able find a use for them.

Delta Plasma being used

Tests have also revealed that the silicone tape will withstand voltages of up to 8000v as well as temperatures of -65 to +260 degrees celcius, so add polar scientists and boilermakers to the list of potential users!

I used the tape on both rigid copper pipes and flexible plastic pipes with water spouting out of them just to make my job more difficult. As I applied the tape I stretched it to almost double its original length. This has the effect of making the tape thinner so that it adjusts to any contours on the pipe as well as ensuring that the wrap is as tight as possible to obviate leaks. Most times I was able to seal the leak with a couple of layers, but for a long-lasting repair, six or seven layers of wrapped tape are recommended.

Actually, the Delta tapes are so versatile that they can be used to seal gas leaks, insulate electrical wires and even as a grippy wrap on a hammer handle for example. The uses really are only limited by the imagination of the user.

I showed the tapes to a few tradespeople I work with and they were quick to gather that the tapes could be a lifesaver in many situations. Pricewise, there is no real reason why a couple of reels couldn’t be part of a toolbox investment, especially since when you want one, you want it now! A quick trip to the trade counter might be too much time to wait.

My verdict – definitely recommended, it worked every time for me.

Aimed at: Pro and knowledgeable DIY users who need quick and easy solutions.

Pros: So versatile that it should be part of any professional toolbox.

Delta Plasma


Delta Epoxy Sticks Equals Easy Repairs

Aimed at: Professionals and enthusiasts who have a bit of nous.

Pros: Easy to use, quick setting times and multiple materials covered.

This will date me. In my youth in South Africa we had something called Pratley Putty – a two-part epoxy that I sometimes believed had magical properties because I personally repaired several car exhausts, a rigid plastic water tank (empty) and a cigarette lighter (???)

Fast forward to 2015 and Delta Adhesives has sent me a range of one-stick repair putties that appear to do roughly the same job as the Pratley Putty. But after reading the literature that came with the sticks, it is clear that this selection is a much more advanced 21st century product that is versatile and also specialized for different applications.

Altogether, I got six sticks, in no particular order: – Aqua, Steel, Titanium, Wood, Plastic and Copper. From this it is easy to gather that choosing the right stick for the right application is important.

The epoxy sticks are contained within transparent plastic tubes with instructions and safety advice printed on them. In order to use the epoxy, simply cut or twist off the required amount and knead it into a stiff putty. The catalyst hardener runs through middle of the putty and it is the kneading that activates it ready for use.

Disposable gloves are indicated because the epoxy is an irritant and care needs to be taken not to get it into your eyes. It is best if the sticks are kept at room temperature because they will knead more easily.

Once kneaded thoroughly, (don’t take too long or you will lose working time) you have roughly a couple of minutes, dependent on ambient temperature, in order to complete your repair. I found that the two minutes was more than enough for my testing applications. In fact I found that if I let the putty set a little I could “carve’ it into shape a bit and define edges etc. on my repairs.

It is a very good idea to read the individual instructions that come with each tube of putty. For example, the Aqua-Stick Putty is capable of being used in water for repairing such items as baths, boats and water tanks. The presence of water will not affect the setting of the putty into a very hard and, for all intents and purposes, permanent repair. But the “metal” putties need a little more care in application to make them stick permanently.

The metal-based putties have a self-colour that is intended to match the metal to which it is attached – hence the copper is copper coloured, the steel is steel coloured etc. etc.

When I used the wood stick to do a bit of filling on a complicated corner piece on a table, I found that the putty was able to be forced into the repair and I left it a little proud for final shaping after the epoxy had cured.

The epoxies all cut, carve and sand easily once they are cured, so with a bit of care in use, the repairs can be made strong and in many cases, almost invisible.

I think that these epoxy sticks will find many friends both in the trade and DIY sector because of their strength and usability characteristics. My old Pratley Putty only came in white and was not nearly as easy to use and shape, nor was it as strong as the Delta Adhesives Epoxy. Thank goodness for chemical engineers and progress!Every time I go on site these days I see yet another way in which builders’

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