Does Mighty Putty Work?

Update: I removed the embedded video since it was autoplaying. Sorry about that!

Harry Sawyers at This Old House‘s “Hardware Aisle” wants to know about the As-Seen-On-TV product “Mighty Putty,” as sold by the screaming monotone of well-groomed Billy Mays, actually works.

Well, does it?

Mighty Putty: Does it work? [Hardware Aisle]

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46 Responses to Does Mighty Putty Work?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have tried mighty putty on many things that they show on tv. It did not work fixing a broken chair leg, a leaky pipe, or even a ceramic collectible. I am not sure what it actually does work on, but it continues to disappoint each and every time I use it.

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve used mighty putty in several applications. Fixed/strengthened 2 handles, sealed a leaky bowl etc. But the mose impressive use was to fix two things in my van. If I had replaced the parts it would have cost me $225…I fixed the retaining prongs on the door handle casing and one end of the pull down strap to the back hatch. Both are working fine. When my initial supply runs out (6 tubes) I’m going to get more. The only bad thing about the product is that it takes more effort to knead the two parts together than shown on the commercial and when you do blend them together it leaves a white residue on your fingers. I wear rubber gloves to knead the two colours together.

  3. beergood says:

    I’ve had varying degrees of success with the auto parts store version (of which I am convinced Mighty Putty is just a rebranding). It has worked for some home applications, but I used it to fix a broken car door lock. Someone tried to break into my truck by busting out the lock. I removed the door panel, and was able to put the lock back in place, but the original bracket suffered some damage. I used some of the putty to repair it, and it worked well until the temp dropped below freezing. I suspect that either the putty shrinks, or some other component, and that it let loose.

    Oh well.

  4. David says:

    Mighty Putty my Ass. Billy Mays is a bull shit artist and I fell for it.Mighty Putty does not work. Don’t waste your money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s just epoxy putty, which you can get at any hardware store. It’s good stuff, almost as good as he says it is, but how much of it do you need?

  6. busy4ever says:

    I am hopefull.

    When we moved into our house last year there was a beautiful, antique, but broken dining room set. The chairs were all falling apart and a table leg was broken. I fixed it up, re-covered the fabric seats and it held up to the wear and tear of my 5 kids for about 10 months, now the chairs are all falling apart again.

    I got some mighty putty this morning (at walgreens for 9.99) and am planning to fix my poor chairs.

    Help me mighty putty…your my only hope!

  7. Gary61 says:

    We use something ‘mighty similar’ here where I work called ‘Dura Bond Epoxy Putty’ from a co. called ‘Pro Chem’…
    from the label:
    ‘Dura Bond will PLUG and SEAL practically anything that leaks, it will PATCH holes and cracks, MEND almost anything that is broken. It is excellent for REBUILDING or FABRICATING PARTS and as an all-purpose adhesive for metals, wood, glass, masonry, ceramics, and many plastics. It can be drilled, tapped, filled, sanded, and painted like metal. Sets steel-hard in 20 minutes.’
    It’s even set up the same – an inner ‘tube’ of one material, surrounded by an outer ‘tube’ – rip off a chunk, mush it all together (but work fast!), and apply it to whatever ya got …

    So, yeah, if this ‘Mighty Putty’ is similar, it should work – this Dura Putty hardens like ceramic very quickly (and gets quite warm while doing so – epoxy-like chemical reactions going on, dontcha know) ….

  8. Anonymous says:

    does mighty putty work on radiators. will it hold up to the pressure and the heat

  9. Anonymous says:

    billy mays shouldnt have clogged his arteries with mighty potty. it’s an everlasting bond. and he’s utterly dead now

  10. timmaah says:

    Our local new people ordered some and tried it..

    The only thing they couldn’t get it to do was pull a big truck…

    http://www.wptz.com/video/15238520/index.html

  11. Gismo says:

    Just tried it on a leaking copper water pipe, failed 100%. Definitely a scam, not worth 1 penny!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen several comments about the horrible smell but no one has noticed the utter lack of safe chemical handling in the videos. Sure the material is an epoxy but the hardener is an amine. Besides being the odor component in things like rotten fish amines are corrosive. In paste form the corrosivity is reduced and slowed down but the risk is still there! I would never handle this putty without wearing nitrile gloves (latex will break down) to prevent skin irritation, dermatitis and/or sensitization.

  13. Anonymous says:

    All it does is harden. Ya right….hard like a ……(use your imagination) It dont even stick. Piece of crap. wasted my money

  14. Reagan says:

    When I first saw it, I thought of the epoxy putty that’s available at basically any auto parts store – it works the same way (and smells truly foul), and works well if you can use enough (but I’ve certainly had cases where either the mating surfaces were too small or the stresses were such that it couldn’t hold)

    On a side note – it’s kind of obnoxious to have the video start auto playing – I just spent five minutes looking for the source of Billy Mays’s annoying voice.

  15. Anonymous says:

    i actually bought some because i had a project i couldn’t figure out how to address other than mighty putty… i have drainage retention blocks on both sides of my house and i was having little varmints find their way into my backyard and into my dog’s mouth. Not a pretty sight. So i got some bunny rabbit wire and cut it down to fit over the drainage holes, bending the sharp points down, and i began to adhere the wire fencing to the concrete. To be sure it held, i put another block against the fencing and let it dry overnight. Each day i did a little more till it was completed. So far it hasn’t come loose and no critters have come in that couldn’t get OVER the fence.

    i also broke a cast concrete bird bath basin. It wasn’t your average looking bird bath so i wanted to replace it or fix it. couldn’t find another one to replace it so i got my mighty putty out again. i used LOTS and LOTS of mighty putty, let it set for 24 hours, propping it up so that it stayed together, and put it back on the base. It is HEAVY as all heck but is still together. i still have a section leaking so i will be applying more to see if i can stop it but … well… other than not being able to glue my cell phone back together, it’s done what it said it would. i can’t complain! =]

  16. snwbrdwndsrf says:

    Yep, available at the hardware store, though if you need 6 tubes of the stuff his price is not a complete rip off – unless shipping is more than a couple of bucks.

    Agree with #3 – having the video auto-play is truly annoying.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I was really excited when I saw the commercial- I have a shelf that needs to go up- no conventional method works. Called- bought the overpriced stuff, and waited. When it came, I excitedly read all the directions, and followed them to a tee. I really wanted to love this stuff. I don’t . Its gross. It smells terrible- and I could deal w/ that- and it just doesn’t work. On the commercial- they show Billy making a little ball, sticking it to the back of a shelf- and presto! It adheres to the wall. I held it in place for 10 min. so that the putty could harden. It just fell off. Then the putty tore up my wall when I tried to get it off. I have a coupla tubes left. Maybe they’ll work for some other application. However, this maloderous junk does not do what it promised. And I’ll never believe another word that Billy says.

  18. Danielle says:

    yes it works BUT ONLY FOR 2 WEEKS if that i put it on a shelf in my bathroom and the shelf fell after only about 2 weeks breaking all the nice stuff on my shelf and no my wall is a mess and the stuff took the paint off. then on the same day i putt it on my shelf i put it on my tv set and it also fell but this time only for 3 days. SO U TELL ME DO YOU THINK THIS STUFF WORKS.

    P.S. DONT WAIST YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAP

  19. Anonymous says:

    TOXONIX
    #7 – 12:38 PM MARCH 3, 2008
    “Ahh damn. he was inches away from getting run over by that fully loaded tractor-trailer. Someday, an accident will silence that voice forever.”

    Remember children be careful what you ask for.

  20. Ben Lanterman says:

    Hi All,

    Like all things it helps to know the real limitations of the materials you are using. The local hardware store has a long section devoted to glue for that reason. If in doubt ask someone that has experience at the store for suggestions.

    JB Weld does extremely well when doing clean, well scuffed up, metals and everything else except flexible plastic.

    There are some epoxies that harden rapidly which is useful but this ability makes them subject to brittleness.

    Most all of the wood glues work fine on wood but wouldn’t work too well on metal or plastic.

    Some white glues are brittle and some are flexible.

    And so on…….

    The glues might be fine if the loads imposed on them are set up correctly. As noted the attachment that was used to pull the vehicles was a tooth and socked thingy.
    The Glues in question might hold the the loads were imposed correctly. A good grade wood glue on wood with appropriate adapters, that are clamped while drying, would probably do the same thing.

    A setup with something hanging with epoxy that has smooth perfect surfaces might be knocked loose with just a small whack from a hammer from the side.

    It goes on and on….. Mighty Putty works fine – but the user must (within reason) insert some intelligence and learn from the experience.

    And yes Billy is really irritating by any standard. Use some Mighty Putty to glue his lips together :-)

    Sorry this got a little long….

    Ben

  21. semiotix says:

    I don’t know if it works, but from seeing that commercial I’m now disturbed by the possibility that we (as a society) are not using epoxy putty to its full potential.

    Billy Mays doesn’t just glue a coffee cup handle back on–he makes a whole NEW handle out of putty. Maybe we could make the whole CUP out of putty. Maybe we could make the whole KITCHEN out of putty. Maybe we could make SEATTLE out of putty.

    Am I crazy? Or are alien explorers going to be digging through our ruins a few hundred years hence, saying “The fools! They had mastered epoxy putty technology. Yet they stubbornly clung to their pre-putty ways, and in the end, destroyed themselves!”

  22. Kid says:

    I was wondering about that the whole time I saw the ad, too. It is actually the only one thing that I am interested in. One of my friends’ friend used to buy every single thing she saw on TV, so they can try if it works. Usually they break or are left in a corner in a week or two.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I want to just reiterate so I copied & pasted from 3 posts above…MY POST IS SIMPLY DITTO!!
    I
    ts gross. It smells terrible- and I could deal w/ that- and it just doesn’t work.I held it in place for 10 min. so that the putty could harden. It just fell off. Then the putty tore up my wall when I tried to get it off. I have a coupla tubes left. Maybe they’ll work for some other application. However, this maloderous junk does not do what it promised.

    #19 posted by Anonymous , July 6, 2008 4:58 PM
    No, I could not get Mighty Putty to bond to metal to plastic, plastic to metal, plastic to plastic, or metal to metal. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. A TOTAL RIP-OFF!!!

    #20 posted by Danielle , July 18, 2008 7:23 AM
    yes it works BUT ONLY FOR 2 WEEKS if that…fell after only about 2 weeks breaking all the nice stuff on my shelf and no my wall is a mess and the stuff took the paint off. then on the same day i put it on my shelf i put it on my tv set and it also fell but this time only for 3 days.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I can’t say it better so…… yes, what they said!!!

    #19 posted by Anonymous , July 6, 2008 4:58 PM

    No, I could not get Mighty Putty to bond to metal to plastic, plastic to metal, plastic to plastic, or metal to metal. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. A TOTAL RIP-OFF!!!

    #27 posted by Anonymous , January 4, 2009 6:48 AM

    I have tried mighty putty on many things that they show on tv. It did not work fixing a broken chair leg, a leaky pipe, or even a ceramic collectible. I am not sure what it actually does work on, but it continues to disappoint each and every time I use it.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I happened to be looking for information on Mighty Puddy’s heat tolerences and found these comments… I’ve used MP for over a dozen things on my car and Its ALWAYS worked for whatever I was trying to repair. I’ve repaired high pressure oil lines, plastic pieces, metal pieces. Follow the instructions people and If you still dont like it please send it to me. I’ll use it. Thanks B ORION50002001@YAHOO.COM

  26. Sh3aNz0r says:

    HE IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    thank you all for your insight, and sharing your experiences with this wondeful product…

    But before I rush out to find this miracle of modern science, I must know if mighty putty work to repair a hole in a nuclear reator, an orbiting satellite who has lost pressure, or a hydroelectric damn that has cracked?

    if not, how about a broken limb, a leaking oil-tanker, or a black hole in deep space?

    Please advise, as I am about to embark on a quest to locate this magical material…

  28. Anonymous says:

    I’m using it on my surfboard to patch up some cracks on it. Can it fix fiberglass? Just wondering.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I tried the stuff after a friend has blown his $20+ on it and the cast iron shear piece that I had repaired broke off again. I gave up and used JB Weld ($10) and the shear is still in one piece.
    BTW, if I was flogging a product I would never use anyone as annoying as that fat, loud-mouthed, obnoxious bubblehead.

  30. Franz says:

    Don’t chew Mighty Putty.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I just noticed this ads. on TV. This morning it took me the whole morning to have studied its .com and .ca website. its really tooooo expensive for introduce it to my country. but if its really good enough, I think it will worth to do. who can introduce me any better stuff? thanks!

  32. toxonix says:

    Ahh damn. he was inches away from getting run over by that fully loaded tractor-trailer. Someday, an accident will silence that voice forever.

  33. cloudcow3 says:

    Mighty putty is a peice of crap. it doesnt work

  34. Anonymous says:

    It’s on today’s big thing:

    http://www.todaysbigthing.com/2009/01/30

  35. Fnarf says:

    Does anyone else ever wonder what it must be like to live with Billy May? “HEY, DO YOU THINK I COULD GET A LITTLE MORE COFFEE, SWEETHEART?! THANK YOU!!!! HEY, DID YOU SEE THIS ARTICLE IN THE PAPER?! LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE PUTTING IN A NEW SUPERMARKET DOWN BY (blam, sound of shotgun followed by blessed silence).

  36. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure if Mighty Putty works . It doesn’t smell all that great and it tastes terrible!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Billy Mays is a loud mouth jerk making millions of dollars advertising pure junk!
    When this schrewed con-artist comes on, I immediately change the channel.
    Have him change the obnoxious blue shirt and suck in the huge belly!

  38. MrScience says:

    I bet it could have pulled the truck if they used the same device as in the commercial. If you watch closely, you’ll see that his device has lots of holes, that the putty could squeeze into. This device transformed the tension stress into a shearing stress (which, given the surface area, is much more easily handled).

    I’ve seen metal chain snap like a twig trying to help pull a big rig out of the mud (it wasn’t sunk in, just didn’t have traction). So I’m not surprised that it failed the news people’s test.

  39. NickyT says:

    Help – I have a pin hole in a copper water pipe. Will Mighty Putty work or not? If not, what will work? Thanks!

  40. BdgBill says:

    FNARF – beat me to it.

    God I hate Billy May. I thought that ponytailed freak Tony Little was annoying.

    Most nights its the megatone/monatone voice of Billy May that alerts me that I have fallen asleep on the sofa in front of the TV again.

  41. jennfrank says:

    Let me start by saying that, not only do I love Billy Mays with every thread of every fiber of my being, but every time his Mighty Putty infomercial flickers onto late-nite TV, I have to stop myself from running to the phone to immediately order. I asked everyone I knew to give me Mighty Putty for Xmas, and no one did. I have a weird, wooden Amish chair that needs some serious fixing.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Dont you all ever read? It says 24 hours drying time. Anyone who adds weight instantly is in for trouble.

  43. Anonymous says:

    no, it most certainly doesn’t. it wouldn’t even hold up a lightweight, full length mirror purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond on the backside of my bedroom door.

  44. Anonymous says:

    No, I could not get Mighty Putty to bond to metal to plastic, plastic to metal, plastic to plastic, or metal to metal. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. A TOTAL RIP-OFF!!!

  45. howlingwolfwilmot says:

    I feel each and every one’s comments, and,while I agree they are all valid points and concerns, may I take the time to make a few points that will make the 6 tubes of mighty putty seem a little more practical AND more of a bargain. I don’t know
    who is familiar with CVS Pharmacies, but they have an “As Seen On TV” aisle. ALL the products on this aisle are at or below the price on tv. Most are WAY below the advertised price AND no s/h
    fees. The mighty putty 6 tube box is $10.00 at CVS!!! Now that’s a bargain! And,as far as those who asked “Just how many tubes of the stuff do you need”,Take it from me. No matter how well you take care of things, some of those tubes are just not as air tight as others, and if it is a while B4 you need it again, you might have a big surprise when you open it and find one part dried up beyond use. Also, If you are the least bit mechanically inclined, you have a toolbox in every
    corner(1in the house, and every auto you own, etc…) so at $10. instead of the $29. on TV, it
    is actually a wise investment! Although, for those of you who read this and think I am 1 of those people who offer these opinions because I think I am smarter and better than all of you, and
    I offered my opinion only because I felt like all of you needed it because,without it, you couldn’t think for yourselves,…WELL, FORGET IT!!! I BOUGHT MINE OFF THE INFOMERCIAL AND PAID THRU THE NOSE!!! So I offer my opinion only as a “lets look
    at CVS 1st” tool for those of us who just “HAVE TO HAVE” this newest infomercial gadget!!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    How do you get it off?

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