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So you want to build a boat and you've decided to use the stitch and glue method. That's great! This site is an introduction to that boat construction method. While the boat plans you buy will focus on the 'trees in the forest', we'll take a more broad approach to stitch and glue construction - we'll look at the "forest" and not get bogged down in the 'trees". And we'll talk about the epoxy options and the fiberglass you'll need. And then we'll look at the choices for finishing your new boat.

 

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My first thought was, what a mess of a website. I found it very confusing. Since I first came upon it, there have been improvements made to make it more "user friendly". Aside from that, the site is most informative to this beginning DIY's. I was won over by the explanations, descriptions of chemistries, MSDS's , suggested usages, and personal responsiveness of the owner and his wife. I did a calculation of prices per ounce, approximating the match of the different brand's products. I realize that there is no way I can say I'm comparing the same chemistry of different brands. Nevertheless, Progressive Epoxy prices remain the best I have found.

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So you want to build a boat and you've decided to use the stitch and glue method. That's great! This site is an introduction to that boat construction method. While the boat plans you buy will focus on the 'trees in the forest', we'll take a more broad approach to stitch and glue construction - we'll look at the "forest" and not get bogged down in the 'trees". And we'll talk about the epoxy options and the fiberglass you'll need. And then we'll look at the choices for finishing your new boat.

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DIY Stitch and glue boat construction is a lot like sewing.

 

1)  cut out your pieces of (cloth) wood - generally plywood but also 'solid' wood pieces using a pattern (or more likely directions and dimensions for each piece.  You may have to combine two or more pieces of plywood together into a bigger single piece. There are several methods for doing this with advantages and disadvantages to each method.

 

2) stitch (sew) them together. Traditionally copper wire was used, but today plastic cable ties are often used instead.

 

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3) generally the next step is to 'glue' the stitched pieces together using thick epoxy (a steady bead or 'spot welds'), or some other kind of glue or adhesive. This is done so that the 'stitches' (wire or cable ties) can be removed (usually pliers and brute force).

 

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4) generally a curved 'filet' of thickened epoxy is applied to smooth out the sharp angle between the side panels and the bottom panels of the hull resulting in a smooth gentle curve that can then be smoothly reinforced with epoxy saturated fiberglass cloth.  Personally I like to epoxy/fiberglass the seam first and then 'hide/smooth/even out the fiberglassed seam with a 'cosmetic' filet (which might not even be epoxy, but rather some more easily sandable product).

 

5) the glued seams are sealed and reinforced with epoxy saturated fiberglass cloth. Usually this is done on both sides of the seams (but I don't think this is necessary on small boats). Any other pieces of the boat are attached (and often secured with epoxy and fiberglass cloth).

 

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6) next - lots of sanding and filling depending how well you performed the previous steps and how much of a Type A personality you are.

 

7) finally, paint or varnish as you wish to obtain the 'finished' stitch and glue boat.

 

 

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Often the plans purchased to build the boat are very specific regarding the steps above, but in reality you have lots of personal choices (cable ties vs. wire, size and timing of the fillets, fiberglass size - number of layers of fiberglass - width of the fiberglass 'tape' (generally 3 or 4 inches wide) - fiberglass or not parts or all of the entire hull, etc.


 

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I find that one of the toughest tasks, at least for me, is cutting out the plywood pieces. You start with a big, bulky  4 foot by 8 foot piece of plywood and it requires very precise and even cutting - especially when you need matching pieces. And the Pros suggest you 'angle cut' or sand the cuts a certain way so that when  you stitch them together to butt up against each other very tightly. Some folks literally cry when the stitched together pieces have a 1/4 gap between them (I've screwed up and have had gaps over 1 inch - fortunately epoxy and fiberglass can fix even these disasters).

 

Most folks would like to have at least the inside of their boat finished 'naturally' - i.e. with clear varnish or poly, but if you screw up the cutting and stitching badly (or get sloppy and spill 'stuff' on the wood), you'll have to hide all the 'fixes' under paint.

 

You might also check the 'true' of the boat after stitching and before you epoxy it together 'hard'.  use a string to measure the distance between the opposite corners of the boat to make sure they are the same. Depending upon the design you might need to make sure that the 'bottom' has the same curve on both sides etc. etc.  Failing to do this can result in a boat with an obvious 'twist' in the hull shape. Fixing might be as simple as re-adjusting the tension on some of the cable ties, or maybe removing a bit of wood from the edge of one of the plywood panels.

 

 

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-- Often the plans purchased to build the boat are very specific regarding construction, but in reality you have lots of personal choices (cable ties vs. wire, size and timing of the fillets, fiberglass size - number of layers of fiberglass - width of the fiberglass 'tape' (generally 3 or 4 inches wide) - fiberglass or not parts or all of the entire hull, etc.

 

SEALING THE PLYWOOD: Plywood comes in different grades and qualities. Some hold up better to water, sun and weather better than others (and can cost a lot more!). In hindsight, I like coating all the plywood surfaces with two or more coats of solvent thinned epoxy to help seal the plywood for the elements (and as a bond coat in places you will be using epoxy and fiberglass cloth).  The edges of the plywood are areas that really could use the sealing - they are the weak link. Instead of thinned epoxy, I personally like a product called Aluthane (tm)

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which is a thin, one part aluminum based paint as an easier alternative to thinned epoxy to seal the wood. Thinned epoxy tends to drip and sag easily so you can make easily turn a simple sealing coat into a major mess requiring tons of sanding to fix. Either way, it is best to pieces before you assemble the boat so that you can seal/prime then when they are flat on the ground and the sealer coating will not sag or drip. I tend to make this mistake because I am too anxious to start putting the pieces together and create something that starts looking something like a boat.

 

GLASSING THE SEAMS: Most plans call for fiberglass cloth (tape) on both sides of the major seams (like the sides and bottom), but I don't think the fiberglass is necessary for most boats on the outside side of the seam.  I just use exterior putty to smooth that outside seam. If  you use fiberglass cloth you will see the edges of it under your final paint unless you are very good at fairing and sanding the edges of the fiberglass against the plywood. And you sanding of the fiberglass can often sand through the fiberglass right at the seam where you needed it the most. Then, what was the use of the fiberglass anyway?  So, skipping the fiberglass on the outside seams saves what can be for most of us a major headache.

 

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Most plans call for 3 inch wide or 4 inch wide fiberglass tape/cloth. I like using two strips of 3 inch fiberglass tape, overlapping them and inch or so. This gives 2 layers of 'glass' over the critical seam area.

 

On larger boats, the exterior (and sometimes interior) wood surfaces are all covered with epoxy and fiberglass cloth. This adds lots of strength (strength comes mostly from the fiberglass cloth), but also lots of weight.

 

FILLET OPTIONS:  Curved epoxy fillets along where the sides and bottom of the boat meet add strength and provide a gentle curve for a fiberglass skin. That said, I like to fiberglass the seam without the gentle fillet curve (there will be lots of voids and air bubbles under the fiberglass along the seam) then put (create) the fillet over the uneven fiberglass tape filling, masking and hiding the fiberglass tape under it.

 

FILLING IN THE FIBERGLASS WEAVE: Your initial coat of clear marine epoxy on the white fiberglass cloth will turn the cloth clear but the weave of the cloth will still be exposed. Most folks want to hide the cloth weave. It can take 2 or 3 or more coats of brushed on epoxy to finally fill in the weave.  An alternative, if you plan to paint and not 'clear coat' with varnish or poly for natural look, is to use thickened epoxy or conventional putty to fill in the weave (followed by more sanding). So people like to leave the fiberglass weave exposed on the inside of the boat, letting it serve as a non skid surface. If keeping the weight of the boat down is important, then leaving the extra epoxy off is also an option (epoxy is about 10 pounds per gallon).

 

The way you treat the fiberglass weave issue will greatly affect how much epoxy you ultimately use.

 


 

Stitch and Glue Construction Tip and Tricks

 

SANDING:  get a coarse sanding pad for your right angle grinder (replacing the 'metal' wheel). Just a brief tough and epoxy lumps, excess wood etc. disappears.

 

FINAL PRIMER COAT: I find that when I'm done sanding, grinding, applying putty etc. It is best to apply a solid color paint or primer over everything that will not be finished natural with varnish. I like aluthane for this. It seals the putty and other fixes. More importantly, the uniform colored finish shows places that looked fine before but still need more attention/sanding/leveling. It also gives a uniform base coat of color and texture under your final topcoat.

 

FINISH COAT:  exterior latex 'house and trim' paint works well - just not high gloss. The house paint market is so huge, that is where the paint companies put their research dollars and competition keeps quality and prices good. Look how many years wooden beach houses go between paint jobs. Of course you can also use hardware store enamel paint, or just about anything else  you want to use.

 


 

Epoxy and Fiberglass Notes Boat Building

 

 

THICKENED EPOXY: There are several different products you can use to turn the honey like epoxy into a paste or cream or putty. Note that all these thickeners will turn the clear epoxy into a colored epoxy (usually a white or off white or a tan). No clear, thick epoxy. Fumed silica is the most common thickener. It is very light and somewhat difficult to blend into the epoxy. Wood flour is very fine saw dust and results in a tan color. Other fillers, like EZ thick (cellulose dust) are also often used. Note that it takes about 2 parts of thickener to 1 part of epoxy to make about 1 part of thickened epoxy.

 

Pre thickened epoxy, like Wet Dry 700 (tm) which is thickened with Kevlar (tm) and feldspar is another option (for excellent for 'fixing' those construction 'mistakes").

 

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Basic No Blush (tm) marine epoxy is our product. It has its own web page - CLICK). Basic No Bush is a formulated epoxy. Only 4 or 5 marine epoxies are formulated epoxies. This means their manufacturer begins with the raw resins and curing agents made by the major chemical companies and then adjusts/adds to them to formulate their marine epoxy.

"I just wanted to let you know that a couple of months ago I purchased 1.5 gallons of epoxy from you for injection into a port stringer on a waterski boat I recently purchased.  I have owned quite a number of boats power and sail requiring repairs to bring them back to where they should be. Your product was excellent in every respect. I thinned it myself to the specifications I felt the repair required and it turned out superb in every regard. I will be using your product in the future for blister repairs to a large sailboat I own and just wanted to thank you for providing an excellent product with value to the consumer."  Best Regards, Steve

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The other marine epoxy vendors (the low price guys) are 'barrel to jug' repackagers. They simply order jugs of material from the major chemical companies and pour those resins directly into jugs for sale to end users. 

 

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The Wind & Oar Boat School is located in Portland, OR (http://wind-and-oar-boatschool.org/). Currently (7/11) they are working on a St Ayles skiff, with a group of 10 completely novice women doing the build. Its the first all women build and the first on the west coast. The St Ayles Skiff is a Iain Oughtred design done for the Scottish Fisheries Museum and now the cornerstone of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project (http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/). Last fall WoodenBoat Publications picked up the concept and got 5 high schools in Maine to start the boat and I am mirroring the idea for high schools in Portland. The first youth boat will start this fall but in the mean time a group of women approached me about building one too. The Wind & Oar Boat School is building communities through building boats. We encourage groups of all shapes and sizes to experience the camaraderie, team building, collaboration, and self confidence that arise from working towards a common goal.

When it came time to decide about epoxies, the school turned to Michael Bogoger (Dory-man) for advice. He suggested your product and we've been extremely happy with it. The forgiving nature of the Basic No-Blush (tm) marine epoxy has been ideal for a school situation where many people are mixing and consistency is not necessarily high. Michael has covered our build on his blog several times and this link http://dory-man.blogspot.com/2011/06/wind-and-oar-boat-building-school.html) is to one of his posts where you can see us using the No Blush epoxy  product.

Whether you want a group team building exercise or a grade school introduction to wood and water, the Wind & Oar Boat School will tailor a course to fit your needs. Our first build is a group of 10 women, of diverse ages, who without any woodworking experience are now building a 22 foot St Ayles Skiff.

 

 

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Attached is a zip file with photos, plan view, vessel description, and some shots of the previous builds of the same boat. I am using your Basic No-Blush marine epoxy as my sole epoxy coating & glue solution throughout this entire project and I just love your product! Having used all the major brands on the market today I find your epoxy to be the easiest, most consistent, and most forgiving marine epoxy product of them all.

This boat is being built in an unheated, semi-weather tight workshop, on an island on Lake Winnipesaukee (central New Hampshire) and consequently I'm more often working in temperatures outside of what is optimal for most epoxies. I've had success with your epoxy (with the Regular curing agent) setting up in temps in the low 50's and also behaving kindly with temps in the upper 80s to 90+. While pot life varies considerably in such a wide range your product is very consistent, predictable, and telling when it's time to 'wrap it up', which is definitely not so much the case with some of your competitors.

In addition, your pricing is very attractive and while price is not the primary reason why I use your product I definitely appreciate the value you offer, so thank you.

Jeff - 2014 - Offshore Skiff boat builder

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Originally designed for Offshore Magazine, the Offshore Skiff was intended to be an economical shoal-draft family cruiser or alternately--in the open center-console version--an all-around utility boat. A skiff. of course, is any fairly small, shoal, economical vessel. She could be a 15-foot rowboat, a 30-foot Jersey sea skiff, or even a 36-foot 17,000-pound Sea Bright skiff. The Offshore Skiff, falls nicely in the middle of this range at 28-feet 3-inches overall , 24-feet waterline, 8-foot beam. 5400-pound displacement, and drawing a scant 1 1 inches to the bottom of her hull. (She draws 26 inches to the bottom of her outboard.)

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Basic No Blush marine epoxy is offered with a slow summer curing agent for use in hot weather and a fast winter curing agent for use in temperatures just above freezing. This makes it ideal for winter boat building projects in unheated spaces in the northern states.

 

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Where to Use India Spar Varnish

Our India Spar Varnish has three primary applications. 1) applied over a thick or thin layer of epoxy used on table tops and bar tops. Vanish provides necessary UV protection that all epoxies need as well as a wear surface that can be polished to a mirror finish. 2) Varnish is used on 'natural' wood finishes on boats. Again, generally over epoxy (such as in Stitch - and - Glue  or wood strip construction)  but sometimes directly on the wood. If you using our Basic No Blush marine  epoxy (why not?) be sure to wash off and remove any amine blush that might have formed on the surface of the epoxy before you varnish it. Note that spar varnish is a solvent based coating that has been time tested for over a century on boats out in the sun and weather 24/7. You won't find any modern "polyurethanes " on these boats (keep the urethanes for indoor use - better still, use India Spar Varnish on inside applications too). 3) Use India Spar Varnish over naturally finished wood floors, usually over an epoxy primer - ESP 155 (or thicker epoxy like LOW V epoxy - used on shipping container floors) applied over the wood and under the varnish. ONLINE STORE Purchase Here - Cannot be shipped to California.

 

 

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Jeff (1/2013)

I cannot believe how incredible this Wet Dry 700 is. It's revolutionary. The original repair to my storm shelter would have lasted years if the shelter would just stop shifting around in the ground. DON'T STOP SELLING THIS STUFF.

 (10/2013)     Comments: Returning  -  Underwater boat repair

My third or fourth order and am still quite pleased with the result. It has many uses above and below the water line.


The only Epoxy Putty reinforced with Kevlar (tm) microfibers and feldspar ceramic for an incredible hard and tough product. This is a hard working epoxy paste (about as thick as wall mud or cake icing).

Can be applied Underwater too! (it has saved lots of boats, leaking swimming pools and sinking floating homes) - Nothing else like it in the market.

Find in our marine catalog (section c_putty)

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The Marine Epoxy Everything Guide

Everything from user reviews, repair examples,

pricing issues and vendor evaluation tips

 

Basic No Blush Marine Epoxy Product Page

Basic No Blush 12 oz Marine Epoxy sampler

Marine Epoxy Catalog page (multiple epoxies)

Basic No Blush Marine Epoxy User Reviews / Feedback

How To Evaluating Marine Epoxy brands and Vendors

Marine Epoxy prices - what it really costs!

Marine Epoxy amine blush - what is epoxy Blush?

Boat repair examples using Marine Epoxy

Dinghy Marine Epoxy boat repair case study

Progressive Epoxy Polymer's marine web site

Buy two part Marine Epoxy now

Massive site of Internet boat links

 

We also catalog Internet floor epoxy links!

   

Epoxy "Stab Brush" --  "Regular Brush"

Use with products on this page

buy separately or include with your order

STAB BRUSH - 3 inch wide with 3/4 inch bristles. Most epoxies are too thick for a regular brush. Stab brushes allow you to push and move the epoxy around and 'stab' or poke it into cracks, voids, and corners

REGULAR BRUSH - 2 inch wide and extra thick with synthetic bristles. Use with varnish, paints and thin epoxies. Priced for disposable use.

Find Stab Brushes and Regular Brushes in our MARINE CATALOG or in our HOME/COMMERCIAL CATALOG

Goto our 3rd party storefront and purchase in the MISC SECTION

 

   

MARINE CATALOG

HOME/DIY/COMMERCIAL CATALOG

   
Section One TWO PART MARINE EPOXIES- CLEAR EPOXIES

basic no blush (tm)

Section A EPOXY PAINTS

corro coat FC 2100; NSP 120; water gard 300; coal tar ; CM 15; crack coat™

Section Two FILLERS THICKENERS ADDITIVES

fumed silica; microsphere/balloons; poly fibers; copper; graphite; Teflon (tm); wood flour; EZ thick; rock flour

 

Section B FLOOR EPOXIES (regular and non-skid products), SEALERS, ACCESSORIES

water bond (water based); solvent free industrial floor epoxy; bio vee seal; water based floor epoxy, floor epoxy with grit; walnut shell; ground white rubber grit

Section Three THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES, ETC.

wet/dry 700; splash zone; quick fix 2300, QR 2400 rubber epoxy

Section C THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES, ETC.

wet/dry 700; splash zone A-788, quick fix 2300; QR 2400 (tm) rubber epoxy

Section Four TWO PART EPOXY PAINTS (barrier coats)

corro coat FC 2100; water gard 300; CM 15; EZ Spray; epoxy primer; crack coat™

Section D CLEAR TWO PART EPOXIES

low V epoxy; basic no blush; ESP 155; Bio-Clear 810

Section Five URETHANES AND NON-EPOXY COATINGS Aluthane (aluminum coating); LPU Marine

Section E NON-EPOXY PAINTS SEALERS

Aluthane moisture cured urethane; Acrylic Poly UV Plus and other 2 part polys ; Capt. Tolley's creeping crack sealer

Section Six NON-SKID DECK COATINGS

walnut shell; ground white rubber

 

Section F MIX-IN ADDITIVES

fumed silica; fiber fill; micro balloons/micro-spheres; graphite; Teflon (tm); copper powder; wood flour; EZ thick, rock flour

Section Seven MARINE REPAIR PRODUCTS

pipe wrap; fiberglass tape (cloth); Capt. Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure

 
Section Eight MISC. MARINE PRODUCTS

short nap rollers; TA 661 (solvent free epoxy clean-up); 1 inch foam brushes; 2 inch bristle brushes; tongue depressors

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One page summary/prices - marine catalog

One page summary/prices -DIY/HOME catalog

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BUY FROM PRIMARY STOREFRONT

internet boat links page

internet floor links page

Internet DIY repair links page

Call (603-435-7199) or EMAIL with questions /phone orders etc. about what you're doing. We try to earn your business one phone call at a time!

 
   

 

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Epoxy Essentials (tm)

 

Reasons for coating failures

Preparation problem 70%; application problem 12%; environment problem 6%; wrong paint selection 9%; bad paint 1%; adding thinner 2%


"At least 70% of premature coatings failures are traced back to 'surface preparation' whether referring to wood, concrete, or metal. In a commercial recoating project, the costs (and profit) associated with surface preparation are about 70% of the job. How extensive the surface preparation is will depend on the performance expectation of the owner... Know the A, B, C's of surface preparation - visible contaminants, invisible contaminants, and profile."

 

Dr. Lydia Frenzel, The ABCs of Surface Preparation, Cleaner Times, April 2001, pg. 42-44.


DID YOU KNOW...

 

Epoxy coatings are used because of their outstanding chemical resistance, durability, low porosity and strong bond strength.
 

Epoxies consist of a ‘base' and a ‘curing' agent. The two components are mixed in a certain ratio. A chemical reaction occurs between the two parts generating heat (exotherm) and hardening the mixture into an inert, hard ‘plastic'.

Epoxies yellow, chalk (or more commonly least lose their gloss), in direct sunlight (UV). The yellowing can be a real problem. For pigmented epoxies select colors that are dark or contain a lot of yellow (such as green). Even clear epoxies will yellow and cloud up. Often epoxies are top coated with latex or urethanes that will retain their color and attractive gloss. This is particularly true if color coding or matching company colors is important.

Epoxies will harden in minutes or hours, but complete cure (hardening) will generally take several days. Most epoxies will be suitably hard within a day or so, but may require more time to harden before the coating can be sanded.

By their nature, epoxies are hard and brittle. Additives can be added to epoxies that make them less brittle, but generally at the loss or reduction of other positive epoxy properties such as chemical resistance.

Other clues of cheap epoxies include ‘induction time' (after mixing the two components the mixture must sit for several minutes to ‘self cook' before being applied).

The best time to recoat epoxy is within about 48 hours after the initial coat. Because epoxies take days to reach full cure, a second coat applied shortly after the first coat will partially fuse to the first coat rather than forming a simple mechanical bond.

End users can thicken epoxy with many things, Tiny glass spheres, known as micro-spheres or micro-balloons are commonly used. Besides thickening, their crushable nature makes sanding the hardened epoxy easier. On the downside, they work like tiny ball bearings, resulting is sagging and slumping. Another thickener is fumed silica (a common brand name is Cabosil (tm)) which looks like fake snow. About 2 parts fumed silica with one part epoxy will produce a mixture similar in texture and thickness to petroleum jelly. Micro-spheres and fumed silica can be combined together.

Fisheyes are areas on a painted surface where the coating literally pulls away for the substrate leaving a coatingless void or fisheye. Often fisheyes are caused by surface contaminants such as a bit of silicon, wax, or oil. I have also seen them on clean plywood where epoxies paints have been used as sealers and the problem might be due to uneven saturation (soaking-in) of the epoxy into the wood. Surface tension plays a big part in fisheyeing. There are some additives that can be mixed into the epoxy that will reduce surface tension. Likewise, on wood, applying several coats of solvent thinned epoxy, instead of one coat of unthinned epoxy, seems to work well. Applying a thick coat of epoxy over a contaminated fisheye surface will bury the fisheye but expect the coating to peel away in the future. As a rule of thumb, always suspect some sort of surface contamination as the primary cause of fisheyeing.

Adding a bit of solvent to a solvent based or solvent-free epoxy is something that most manufacturers would not officially approve of and something that might not work with all epoxies. However, it can be done (unofficially) with the epoxies I deal with. Adding solvent to these epoxies will: 1) thin them out; 2) increase pot life; 3) allows them to flow off the brush/roller a bit more smoothly; and 4) perhaps allows them to ‘soak-in', penetrate, or may be soften, the substrate just a little bit. Not change is visible in the epoxy unless 12% or greater solvent is added. With that amount of solvent, the epoxies no longer cure with a glossy finish.

It is best to use epoxies with a mix ratio close to 1 to 1 as opposed to something 4-1, 5-1, etc. because errors in the mix ratios can be more pronounced with the latter. That said, no matter what the mix ratio is, some epoxies are more forgiving of mix ratio errors than others. One ‘trick' of epoxy vendors with odd or very sensitive mix ratios is to sell calibrated pumps that disperse the epoxy components in exact amounts.


How Thick? How thick should your coating be? Economics play a major role in determining how much coating to apply. One U.S. gallon contains 231 cubic inches. That's only 1.6 cubic square feet of surface at one inch thick and that's also assuming a solvent-free product. If the product is 25% VOC (i.e. 25% solvent) then dry thickness/coverage will be 25% less. Again, assuming a 1/4 inch thick coating (250 mils) maximum coverage will still be only 6.4 square feet per gallon. A solvent-free (100% solids) epoxy coating applied at 16 mils will cover 100 square feet per gallon (note: the wall paint in your office is probably 2-4 mils). While thick coatings sound like a good idea, they use so much product that they must be made very cheaply so that coating 1,000 or 10,000 square feet can still be done at a competitive price. A high quality, fairly expensive product with a coverage rate of 100 sq. feet or more per gallon, on the other hand, will have a low enough cost per sq. foot to provide both economy and top quality.


PARTIAL DATA SHEET

BASIC NO BLUSH  (tm)

Boatbuilding

Fiberglass Laminating

Pebble Stone Surfacing

 

Solvent-Free

Easy 2:1Mixing Ratio

Contains no carcinogens

Medium Viscosity

Three Different Curing Agents

 

STANDARD

PRODUCT

DESCRIPTION

 

Basic No-Blush™ is a 100% solids, marine grade epoxy coating system designed for general marine/

boating applications. It will not blush or water spot under normal conditions. It is available with three

different curing agents, a fast cold weather (a slightly yellow curing agent), our standard clear curing

agent, and a thicker, amber colored slow warm weather curing agent. The standard cure version is also

widely used for resealing epoxy/pebble flooring systems.

 

The slow summer curing version is ‘viscosity adjusted’. Because epoxies become thinner (less viscous)

in warmer weather, the summer curing agent has been thickened to approximate the viscosity of

the standard No-Blush epoxy at approximately 70F.

 

USES

 

Creating and maintaining pebble/epoxy decks

Boatbuilding/Repair

 

FEATURES

 

Excellent chemical resistance

Convenient 2 to 1 ratio by volume ( 1 to .422 by weight) base/cure - Standard cure

Superior adhesion to cold, damp surfaces

 

VISCOSITY

 

Approximate viscosity at 72F:

Standard/Winter Summer

Part A: 900 cps 900 cps

Part B: 175 cps 4,500 cps

Mixed: 600 cps 2,000 cps

 

   

PHYSICAL

PROPERTIES

 

 

COMPRESSIVESTRENGTH .......... ASTMD695    9,500 psi /9,200 psi  (STANDARD/SUMMER)

 

TENSILESTRENGTH.................... ASTMD638    6,200 psi /8,600 psi

 

ABRASIONRESISTANCE

CS-17WHEEL, 1 kg LOAD ............ ASTMD4060   0.20 gm loss /0.20 gm loss

 

WATERABSORPTION.................. ASTMD570   0.16% /0.16 %

(2 hour boil)

 

FLEXURALSTRENGTH................ ASTMD790   5,500 psi /5,500 psi

 

SHORE D HARDNESS ................. ASTMD2240   90 /78

 

HEATDISTORTION...................... ASTMD649   125F /125 F

TEMPERATURE

 

LAPSHEAR.................................. 2,200 psi /2,250 psi

 

   
  FIND COMPLETE DATA SHEET AND MSDS - CLICK HERE
   

 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

 Wet Dry 700 Epoxy

Ultimate Repair Epoxy Paste

Above and below the Waterline

Like Nothing You Have Ever Worked With Before!

Need to fix, glue, patch, fill, bond, coat or cover something underwater? Need to reinforce/wrap corroded, damaged or leaking pipes (with epoxy and fiberglass cloth)? Need to do a fiberglass cloth and epoxy repair with a non sagging epoxy paste? (even underwater?). How about sealing electrical connections in a ‘glob’ of waterproof epoxy? Patching some wood rot? One of our customers repaired serious rot in an 100 year old marine railway submerged under 12 feet of water.

Wet Dry 700 has saved sinking boats (and sunk boats - read Escape From Hermit Island available at Amazon.com. The authors recommend you don’t leave your dock without this epoxy - see epoxyproducts.com/cs_boat.html). It is also used on leaking pools and corroding barge mounted floating homes.

Welcome to the world of Wet Dry 700 (tm) Epoxy

Wet Dry 700 (tm) epoxy paste is a leading example of consumer driven epoxy technology, resulting in a versatile, field friendly repair product for difficult environments. Wet Dry is a solvent free, high performance epoxy reinforced with kevlar (tm) pulp and feldspar/ceramic. It can be applied to wet, damp, or dry surfaces.

Wet Dry 700 looks a bit like joint compound (dry wall mud), or cake icing with a simple 1 to 1 mix ratio that you can ‘eyeball’. A scoop of Part A and an equal scoop of Part B and you are ready to go.

This is one of our top selling epoxies. People first buy it for a specific project and then generally buy more just to have on hand.

"I cannot believe how incredible this Wet Dry 700 is. It's revolutionary. The original repair to my storm shelter would have lasted years if the shelter would just shifting around in the ground. DON'T STOP SELLING THIS STUFF!"  Jeff 1/2013

Order this EPOXY product NOW


(10/2013)     Comments: Returning  -  Underwater repair

"My third or fourth order and am still quite pleased with the result. It has many uses above and below the water line"

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