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Rudamchu
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Hi Y'all. Haven't posted in quite some time. Just wanted to see if any of you more experienced/knowledgeable fellas can chime in with opinions on this potential substitute for EA 40 that I located locally. I can get 3 quarts of the stuff for $42.00 and the claimed shelf life is indefinite in controlled climate conditions. Here are a couple photos of the specs of both.


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Anybody?
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It looks like it "might" work. If it did , it would be cost-effective for sure.

If not, it would cost you in the short run. As in some bows if it lasts for a bit then gives up.

Being thinner and a short pot life, if it soaks in more and starts getting hot, how will that affect the bond?

I guess there is only one way to know. Wanna be the guniea pig? [Smile]

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For $42 bucks give it a try and let everyone know how it worked. [Wink] In reading the specs, my one concern would be the pot life - I am kind of slow at getting the glass and lams all put together and into the form.

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I would be afraid of the 30 minute pot life for an entire bow glue up not to mention the heat distortion temp being 25 degrees lower.

Might try it on some overlays, or test with some scrap lam pieces. It would be hard for me to stray from a proven product like smooth-on when gluing up $100-200 dollars worth of material.

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Does it Flex when cured? That would be a concern making bows.
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If you want something that is lower viscosity you can use versamid. I used it on several bows and it works fine but thicker EA40 is easier to work with.

I did a bow with West Systems once and by the time it was layed up the plastic solo cup it was mixed in melted down. [scared]

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I used versamid when I started and had a red elm bow with a dry spot size of a dime. Bingham told me red elm soaked in glue a lot and should use ea-40 . Never looked back ....

Oh yeah, that bow finally blew up at full draw. I don't like that much!

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Low viscosity isn't ideal for bows. Short pot life too. Exothermic reactions aren't ideal either when gluing lots of different dimensioned woods.
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Dont know why you would want to use anything else when the EA-40 has been proven many times over. If it aint broke --------------

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I don't know if there's anything wrong with a bit of experimentation from the norm. Just because something has been the monopoly for a long time doesn't mean there can't be an equally or more effective alternative as well as potentially a less expensive one. This company formulates a wide variety of epoxies and is local to my neck of the woods. They've been in business for many, many years as a pretty reputable supplier to the marine industry, and reasonably inexpensive to boot. I've always been satisfied with the quality of their products. Based upon the responses here, maybe I can get them to tweak the formula for bows, or even point me to a more suitable formula of their's. Seems like the major concerns here are viscosity, pot life, and heat distortion levels. Otherwise, based upon the other factors, it would appear this epoxy is stronger in many areas.
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quote:
Originally posted by M60gunner:
Does it Flex when cured? That would be a concern making bows.

Yes, they assured me that it is very flexible.
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Heck yeah , keep us posted!

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I agree, nothing wrong with trying something new! I don't suppose bows in build in the 60's used EA40. It was the new thing at some point. Give it a go!

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The thing I see here is it may be just as good as smooth on. But I really dont have the time or money to properly test it out. I have something I know works. May cost a bit more but the piece of mind is worth it to me.

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