West System Plastic Boat Repair Kit
The West System Plastic Boat Repair Kit is for plastic boats and inflatable boats or rafts. Step by step instructions on using the materials to repair splits, cracks and small holes in plastic canoes, kayaks and other small boats. For inflatable boats, it can patch air leaks, re-bond attachment points, repair de-laminated transoms and damaged floors.
- Instructions included
- Bonds HDPE, LDPE, ABS, PVC and polycarbonate plastics
- The 650-K kit contains 4 oz. each of viscous liquid G/flex 650 resin and hardener. Mixing ratio is 1:1. It also includes two reusable mixing sticks/applicators, two 12-cc syringes, four grams adhesive filler (colloidal silica), four mixing cups, one pair disposable gloves, four alcohol cleaning pads and complete handling and repair instructions
- Mixed G/flex 650 is of a heavy “syrup” consistency. It will run off a vertical surface. The adhesive filler that comes with the kit can be used to thicken it to your desired consistency. Complete mixing instructions are included.
- G/flex is a product of West System, a division of Gougeon Brother’s, Inc. The Gougeon brothers have been using epoxy resins in boat building and repair for some 50 years.
- It makes structural bonds that can absorb the stresses of expansion, contraction, shock and vibration.
- G/flex works very well to bond hypalon to hypalon or wood.
- In addition to its superior bonding to many different materials and its ability to bond dissimilar materials, G/flex is much more flexible than other epoxies. This is an excellent property for boat building and repair.
- Polyethylene (HDPE) is a common kayak and canoe material. Its molecular structure resists gluing by most adhesives. G/flex solves the problem; it bonds well to polyethylene and ABS plastics.
- Many boats are made from aluminum, G/flex works well for repair seams on aluminum boats and for adhering patches.
- At 72°F pot life is 45 minutes. Working time is 75 minutes. It cures to a solid in three hours and cures to its full strength in one to two days. It cures faster in warmer temperatures and slower in colder ones.
- Clean up is simple. Wipe up spills with absorbent materials. Clean residue before it cures, with alcohol or acetone.
- G/flex adheres tenaciously to difficult-to-glue hardwoods, both tropical and domestic varieties.
- It has the ability to glue damp woods. It can be used on wet surfaces, even underwater when applied with specific techniques.
- G/flex does indeed belong in every boater’s repair kit. The more you use it, the more uses you’ll find for it – with your boating gear and other sporting and household items. It’s easy to mix and use. The instructions that come with the kit are top notch.