On the glue topic... GA boats doesn t ship their epoxy to Canada. So when my kit arrived it came without it. Initially I began looking for something to glueMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 16 1:10 PMView SourceOn the glue topic...
GA boats doesn't ship their epoxy to Canada. So when my kit arrived it came without it. Initially I began looking for something to glue the boat together with. I considered one part polyurethane (PL Premium) because I had a fair bit of experience working with it. However when I saw Platt recommending it as a possible solution I went for it without hesitation. My entire boat is glued together with the stuff and it seems pretty good. I dropped it once while turning it over and one rib-gunnel joint popped open which was easily re-glued.
Platt recommends using epoxy on the gunnels if you've used PL Premium on the rib/stringer joints and I must say that I think that's a great idea although I didn't do it.
Pros that I found while using the PL:
1) Its brown and therefore works well as wood filler and exposed glue is almost invisible after varnishing; 2) Squeeze-out glue stays a bit soft for the first 12 hours or so making it easy to trim off, I used a cheap snap-off blade Olfa knife;
3) No mixing;
4) No waiting for ribs to dry before gluing (the moisture actually makes the joints stronger);
5) Low cost (about $10 for the whole project); and others.
Cons: it likely has little lower strength than the epoxy. Also once you open the tube it needs to be used, the longest I managed to have a tube last was about 2 months.
Just thoughts! I'll keep you all posted as I start to use the boat in the spring. That will be really telling as to whether or not the joints are strong enough.
Agreed about Gorilla tape, its great! Good to know about their other adhesives...
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless NetworkFrom: Henri Smulders <hajosmulders@...>Sender: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comDate: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:07:02 -0500To: <Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com>ReplyTo: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Update on epoxy
System 3 has a very good epoxy adhesive:I LOVE to use it in their dispensing tubes:I'm very unhappy with all gorilla products with one MAJOR exception: Gorilla tape is awesome. The best duct style tape one can find.HajoOn Dec 16, 2010, at 1:23 PM, richardbertram wrote:
Several of us have run out of the epoxy that is supplied with the kit. Maybe we were too generous with our glue-ups, but I would rather err on the side of too much rather than not enough. I would recommend that for the larger boats, a double order of the epoxy be ordered with your initial order.
Now, I'm cheap, so not wanting to pay the high shipping and handling charges for another order of epoxy I tried Gorilla Glue's new epoxy. First of it is white, in addition, several of the joints I glued with the stuff failed. I do not recommend this product for this purpose.
I tried another product, it was black, worked fine, but didn't look too good. So, stick with the epoxy that Airolite sells. My advice would be to just order extra. There are all sorts of uses for leftover epoxy.