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Some Epoxy Handling Tips

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Blog series by shipwright updated 11-11-2011 01:46 AM 3 parts 8569 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Don't get any on you !

11-09-2011 10:13 PM by shipwright | 22 comments »

The first rule I try to follow when using epoxies is “Don’t get any on you !” and the second one is “Don’t get any on your handles !” Basically for more reasons than I need to get into here no one wants to get it on them. The question seems to be how to avoid it. I’ve used A LOT of epoxy over the years for everything from gluing hulls together to making wooden fuel tanks, water tanks and even a bathtub and I’ve developed a number of procedure...

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Part 2: Mixing and Additives

11-10-2011 08:23 PM by shipwright | 13 comments »

When I posted the first blog entry here some questions about mixing and additives arose. I find that often useful answers to good questions get lost in a list of comments when they could be much more easily found in a separate post so here is that separate post. Disclaimer: Although I have had extensive experience in the use and handling of epoxies, I have not tried all the various brands and manufacturers’ products. My formulator of choice was Industrial Formulators of Canada for th...

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Part 3: A Little Trick with Cloth

11-11-2011 01:46 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

This is maybe my best epoxy trick. The example here only scratches the surface of the appilcations for the concept but will serve to illustrate it. The underlying and enabling fact is that epoxy won’t stick to polyethylene (simple roll plastic). In this example that isn’t even very important but I’ll tie the usefulness of that in later. In my little project I have decided to reinforce the bottom corners of the box because it will have to carry a big old fat kitty and I wou...

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