Smith & Co. Tropical Hardwood Epoxy
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Tropical Hardwood Epoxy is highly flexible glue which will glue oily hardwoods including Burmese teak, apetong, araki, osage orange, and lignum vitae as well as oak, mahogany, spruce or any softer wood. Oily hardwoods need no special pretreatment. A freshly sanded or saw-cut surface is adequate surface preparation. It will (with proper surface preparation) glue a wide variety of metals, glass, and rubber or plastic materials. The cured adhesive is completely waterproof and weatherproof.
Tropical Hardwood Epoxy was originally developed 25 years ago for Don Philbrick, a well-known builder of speedboats in the San Francisco bay area. Don wanted glue that would bond mahogany, teak and other woods used in marine construction and survive the pounding vibration which speedboats receive when their owners take the craft out for a ride. Over the last twenty-five years this glue has become famous for gluing any wood known to man or beast.
Our expertise in molecular engineering has allowed us to formulate Tropical Hardwood Epoxy as a thick liquid with a tendency to hang in small gaps. This is done without adding any fillers, thickeners, or other artificial means.
Tropical Hardwood Epoxy has a reduced tendency to be absorbed into the end grain of wood, thus minimizing glue-starved joints without sacrificing strength. When cured it will have a toughness and flexibility comparable to the harder woods with no tendency to bulge out of the joints after finishing operations.
Tropical Hardwood Epoxy is to be mixed one-to-one by volume, and is forgiving of minor mix ratio errors. Mixing by weight may be done at 10 parts A to 12 parts B by weight. For best results mix in one container, transfer to a second container and mix again. Allow sitting 10 to 20 minutes before use. Then allow sitting on wood joints with exposed end grain or exceptional roughness for at least half the pot life before assembly. Soft rubber pads under clamp faces will maintain an even pressure on the joint as excess glue is squeezed out.
Where a more liquid consistency is desired for gluing softer woods or for fiberglass layup, our Layup & Laminating Epoxy is appropriate.
Tropical Hardwood Epoxy does not cure properly in cold weather. For dependable cure below 55°F use the Oak and Teak Epoxy Glue.
|100° F||70° F||55° F|
|Pot Life (100 Grams)||1 Hour||4 Hour||6 Hours|
|Dry To Touch||3 Hours||10 Hours||20 hours|
|Substantially Cured||12 Hours||40 Hours||4 Days|
|Full Chemical Cure||24 Hours||60 Hours||6 Days|
Location in the sun and other factors can also shorten pot life.
Ten gallon kits available. Call (toll free) 860 245 3658 to order.[View Cart]