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jimmy J

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04-22-2017 01:15 PM

Does anyone use the epoxies from HD? I hate to use my west systems for small dabs because it’s expensive. Gorilla 2 part epoxy perhaps? For what I need it for today, if doesn’t have to overly strong, but may need to be reapplied at some point, so sticking to itself would be a plus


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 01:56 PM

I suggest you break the cost into cost per oz. You will probably find the box store stuff is way more expensive than the west.

To answer your question. All epoxies are pretty much the same with small differences in additives to accellerate or deaccellerate the cure. The faster the cure the weaker the bond.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Rich

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 02:09 PM

I’ve found it difficult to locate anything other than the small syringe packaging at my local stores. I order the Bob Smith Industries brand from Amazon. I have 5 minute and 30 minute. I also tried some Z-Poxy based on a recommendation from someone here on LJ.

I agree with Bruce that they are all pretty much the same. I suppose there are some test results that show one brand’s performance over another, but for my needs, what I have it working for me.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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moke

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#3 posted 04-22-2017 02:25 PM

The Lowes here in town carries only 5 minute epoxy and I prefer 15 minute, but I bought some. HD has 15 minutes epoxy that I have been using for years with no failure. I put my epoxy into my own syringes that I get off amazon so I get a pretty close to accurate equal amounts. I cap the syringes and it keeps great. I can get about two loads of syringes per bottle. I’m ok with paying a little more to keep my local store here….I used to oen a camera store and everyone started ordering their camera off the internet and as you can see, a real camera store is a rarity. Go to a big box store and try to get a simple question answered or get something repaired….or even buy something a little off the normal path…..THATS why I am ok with spending a little more to keep the local economy going! Some stuff you obviously can’t, like to syringes….but I do what you can.
Mike

-- Mike

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 04-22-2017 03:12 PM

I use the pump cans of West Systems when I need a few ounces for a project, slow cure. The Bob Smith’s is the cats meow where just a dab or two is required.

No real difference between brands when used to join wood. It’s when you need environmental protections like water/UV/etc. that paying attention to the formulation is required.

I like epoxy when I need more than a few minutes to apply the adhesive and get everything ready for clamps.

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 03:18 PM

I use the pump cans as well… and it’s a 5:1 ratio for both volume and weight, so if you just need a little amount, you can use a gram scale to get tiny amounts.

But the question is – what are you trying to use it for? For stuff like gluing the soles back on my work boots, that syringe stuff at the BORG works great :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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TravisH

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#6 posted 04-22-2017 03:26 PM

Definitely going to be more expensive when cost break down when going with big box epoxy.

Of all the normal epoxies you will find at big box store I find Devcon to be the most consistent in use. I use the 5 min and 30 minute usually. I have not been impressed with the Gorilla glue the few times I have used it (four syringes worth).

Bob Smith is good also but not a product carried locally in most places so stuck ordering it.

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jdh122

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#7 posted 04-22-2017 04:09 PM

For small jobs like filling in voids, I go one cheaper and use dollar store epoxy (Dollarama brand here in Canada). Never had a problem, other than when I didn’t mix it enough (but of course that’s true of all epoxies). I wouldn’t use it for marine applications and it sets too fast to use it for joinery (but epoxy has no real advantage over wood flue for joinery anyway, far as I’m concerned).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 04-23-2017 02:04 AM

I like JB weld.

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Redoak49

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#9 posted 04-23-2017 02:24 AM

I use the Bob Smith epoxy on Amazon and with Prime get it in two days and free shipping.

I bought a cheap digital scale and use medicine pill cups.

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newwoodbutcher

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#10 posted 05-11-2017 06:16 AM

I have used the small tubes, two part from the local hardware store many time with good results.

-- Ken

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rodneywt1180b

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#11 posted 05-11-2017 07:13 AM

I buy the 2 ton slower curing epoxy. My local Ace carries Devcon brand in the syringes. It’s handy but I think it’s cheaper in the long run to buy something like West System in the larger containers. I like epoxy for it’s gap filling properties and it’s ability to stick different materials together.
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 05-11-2017 07:13 AM

I like this one, but I haven’t use them all so who knows.

https://picclick.com/Marine-Tex-Might-Repair-Kit-2-Ounce-Gray-112295042461.html

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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SignWave

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#13 posted 05-11-2017 07:19 AM

I use the Loctite 2×4 oz bottles a couple times a week for small quantities. I just eyeball two equal sized blobs of appropriate size onto a piece of cardboard, and mix them together, rather than using the syringe. I think it’s less messy than the syringes and at least as easy to get right.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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hairy

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#14 posted 05-11-2017 11:15 AM

I have had good luck with this. It’s enough to do a peppermill or other small project.

https://www.harborfreight.com/super-strong-quick-drying-epoxy-92665.html

-- My reality check bounced...

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rwe2156

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#15 posted 05-11-2017 02:26 PM

System 3. You can get 4oz bottles. Look on Amazon.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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