How to Repair a Plastic Container

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How to Repair a Plastic Container
Use food-grade epoxy if repairing a container used for beverages or food. (orange and yellow cordless jug kettle image by Ana Vasileva from

Plastic is one of modern society's most convenient, durable and long-lasting materials. However, plastic is not indestructible and can be damaged. If you have a plastic container, whether it is a watering jug, a gas container or a food bin, and it has become cracked or punctured, consider repairing it rather than throwing it away. Plastic containers can be easily mended with a two-part epoxy adhesive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two-part epoxy
  • Clamps (optional)
  • Small plastic container

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  1. 1

    Look for the epoxy adhesive that is appropriate for your container. Make sure you buy an epoxy that is intended for use on plastic. If you are repairing a food container, make sure the epoxy is food-safe. If the container needs to be heat resistant, use a heat-resistant epoxy.

  2. 2

    Wash the container with dish soap thoroughly to remove any residue that can interfere with the proper adhesion of the epoxy. Dry the container before applying epoxy.

  3. 3

    Clamp the parts of the container together if it has become completely separated or is broken in half.

  4. 4

    Squeeze out equal amounts of adhesive from the two tubes. Typically tubes are connected with a single plunger in order to ensure that the same amounts are being extruded. Squeeze the epoxy into a small plastic container, such as an empty cream cheese container.

  5. 5

    Stir the two parts thoroughly with the plastic spatula that came with the epoxy.

  6. 6

    Use the plastic spatula to smear an even coat of epoxy along the front side of the crack or puncture. Go just beyond the edge of the crack or puncture. If the plastic is thick enough, a layer of epoxy can also be smeared on the insides of a crack.

  7. 7

    Use the plastic spatula to smear an even coat of epoxy along the inside of the crack or puncture.

  8. 8

    Allow the epoxy to cure according to the time indicated on the package.

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