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Adhesives

Tutorial: Adhesives

There is more than one choice when considering which adhesive to use and each choice has certain advantages and disadvantages.  PVA, polyurethane and epoxy are three options that are commonly used in the construction of strip planked hulls.

PVA Glue – Type II

Titebond II Premium Wood Glue

Water resistant, easy to use, cleans up with water, makes a strong joint if properly clamped, relatively inexpensive.

PVA Glue – Type II

Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue

Waterproof, easy to use, cleans up with water, makes a strong joint if properly clamped, relatively inexpensive.

Polyurethane Glue

Gorilla Glue

Easy to use, cleans up with paint thinner, makes a strong joint if properly clamped and costs substantially more than PVA glues.

Epoxy

Epoxy resin

Waterproof, most expensive option, typically must be mixed per batch, makes a strong joint without clamping pressure, difficult to clean up.

Epoxy Additive

Epoxy Additive

Silica thickener for making thickened epoxy adhesive.