The PC-11 robot

The PC-11 Robot of the 1980s is well marked, 11–inch tall display ad figure made of metal, wood, PVC and rubber. (Photographed by Mary Jane Lamphier.)

Company logo dates back more than 60 years!

The Protective Coating Company was established in 1954 by John (Jack) Long in Allentown, Pennsylvania. They provided customers with a waterproofing product called “Spray Crete.” Soon after that the company developed their paste epoxy and it was marketed worldwide. 

PC-11 is recommended for fiberglass, concrete, metals, brick glass, fabrics, rubber and ceramics. It is sold in containers as small as two-ounces and as large as five gallon pails. Directions on the containers ask customers to remove the amount needed then mix equal parts of products A and B on a flat surface for at least one minute, until it is uniform white color.

The P-C Robot is the company advertising logo printed on PC-11 products and in the advertisements. Customers will see the PC-11 Robot, a three dimensional figure, at point-of-purchase displays in stores that carry farm and home products. The ad figures are available to dealers free of cost .The advertising figure is 11-inches tall and most likely glued to the counter!

To prove that the epoxy is successful on many products the body is composed of a variety of substances. A yellow gulf ball is the head and a rubber stopper serves as a hat. The body is a rectangle shaped block of wood. One arm is metal and the other arm is wood. Metal hands are made to hold the smallest product containers: the two –ounces of PC-11 epoxy paste.

Strange as it may seem the legs are not the same either. One is made of wood and the other PVC pipe. The figure is glued to a wood base.

Identifying marks include a yellow sticker on the base with the following words: BOND, SEAL, FILL, AUTOS, CELLAR CRACKS, GAS TANKS, PATCH HOLES FURNITURE, BOATS, PLUMBING LEAKS, TILE PICTURES, REINFORCE, HOBBY WORK.” A blue sticker on the body reads:”PC-11/White Epoxy paste/Cures: Wet or Dry.”

 Anyone that likes to repair more products and are buying less new items, and enjoy being a fix-it-yourself person, will surely want to try PC-11.

The PC-11 Robot, with the big happy face smile has a nick name. You guessed it, Jack.

Jack is a scarce Ad World collectible. The dealers do not part with them unless they are going out of business. I do not have a value for the ad collectible on the secondary market at this time, but I will continue to watch the EBAY market.

 I have had the Jack PC-11 Robot since the 1980s I found it at a flea market, before computer/Internet Days.