Category Archives: Epoxy Products

Chopped Strand Mat

Chopped Strand Mat and Epoxy

by Tom Pawlak — GBI Technical Advisor

Above: Wet-out chopped strand mat and woven fabric test samples are prepared for moisture uptake testing.

Chopped strand mat, in fabric form, is sold on the roll and in small folded packages. It is made up of 1″-2″ long fiberglass strands that are randomly oriented and typically held together with a styrene-soluble binder that acts like glue connecting the fibers. The binder is designed to dissolve upon contact with styrene in polyester resin or vinylester resin. Once dissolved, the fabric softens, allowing it to drape around curved shapes. It comes in a variety of weights between .75 oz to 3 oz per square foot. The most popular weights are .75 oz and 1.5 oz. Continue reading

G/5 Adhesive Tips

Working with G/5 Resin & Hardener

By Tom Pawlak — GBI Technical Advisor

Above: To simplify mixing G/5 Resin and Hardener for a large project, Grant made a carrying pallet with sixteen holes, sized to hold 1-ounce mixing cups (pill cups purchased at a food service outlet). The pallet was covered with duct tape so glue drips could be peeled away. Note that a mini cupcake pan could be dedicated to this kind of task as well.

Many of us at Gougeon Brothers experiment with WEST SYSTEM® products on personal projects at home as well as at work. We often push products and techniques beyond the limits recommended in our literature. Sometimes the experiment fails, sometimes we discover something very useful. Continue reading

Scheherazade under sail.

Testing Large Bonded-In Fasteners

by Brian Knight—GBI Technical Advisor

Above: Scheherazade, the 154’7″ yacht that required testing of large bonded-in fasteners.

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Cover Photo: The 154’7″ Bruce King-designed Scheherazade resting on her massive keel at Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay, Maine.

Scheherazade is a 154′ 7″ Bruce King-designed ketch under construction at Hodgdon Yachts, in East Boothbay, Maine. Scheherazade is 60% larger than Antonisa, the last Bruce King/Hodgdon Yacht collaboration, and is the largest sailboat under construction in the United States. Continue reading

estimating epoxy amounts for fiberglassing

Estimating Epoxy Amounts

By Bruce Niederer — GBI Technical Advisor

Above: The layout of an Optimist pram provides an example of how to go about estimating epoxy amounts.

This formula will help you estimate the amount of mixed epoxy needed to wet out fiberglass cloth (assuming a resin-to-fiber ratio of 50:50) and apply three rolled epoxy coats to fill the weave of the cloth, i.e. “fill coats.” Continue reading

WEST SYSTEM 804 Reusable Mixing Sticks

Product Highlight: 804 Reusable Mixing Sticks

Reusable Mixing Sticks are practical mixing, application, filleting, and cleaning tools that have found many places in our workshop and toolboxes, and we believe they will be in yours, too. The squared, beveled end reaches into the square corners of the 805 and 806 Mixing Pots for thorough mixing of epoxy and blending of fillers. Continue reading

Thinning WEST SYSTEM Epoxy

by Brian Knight—GBI Technical Advisor

A question frequently posed to our technical staff is “can I thin WEST SYSTEM® epoxy so it will flow or penetrate better?” The answer to that question is “yes, but not without consequences.” Many of the advantages of thinning epoxy are offset by disadvantages in other areas of epoxy performance.

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West System Pigment Group

Adding Pigment to WEST SYSTEM Epoxy

by Brian Knight—GBI Technical Advisor

Adding a coloring agent to WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy is frequently done to make colored castings, highlight an epoxy coated surface, act as a colored base coat for paint, etc. Most powdered pigments are satisfactory, as are acrylic paste pigments and universal tinting pigment. Continue reading

Getting the Most out of Mini Pumps

by Jim Derck—GBI Technical Advisor

When using WEST SYSTEM® 300 Mini Pumps, the most important things to remember are:

  1. Read the instructions.
  2. Use one full pumps stroke of resin for each one full pump stroke of hardener to get the proper resin-to-hardener ratio.

If you’re ever concerned that your pumps aren’t metering properly, simply mix a test batch of 3 pump strokes each of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly and make sure it’s fully cured before continuing with your project. Continue reading

oak

Using Epoxy with Oak

Editor’s Note:

This article about epoxy and oak was originally published in early 1995, and is shared at Epoxyworks.com for historical purposes. A dozen years after this article was written, we developed G/flex epoxies, which are rubber toughened to withstand shock, vibration, expansion and contraction. G/flex epoxies adhere tenaciously to many difficult to bond substrates, including dense and oily wood species like oak.  Continue reading

WEST SYSTEM Instructions

Instructional Materials Provide Epoxy Basics

By Grace Ombry

Epoxy users can find out almost anything they need to know about using WEST SYSTEM Epoxy through the instructional materials we produce. We frequently update these publications to give you easy access to the latest information on using epoxy for construction and repair. You’ll find these publications filled with explanations and illustrations covering virtually all aspects of marine repair with epoxy. Continue reading