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Old 11-10-2009, 11:11 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
Thanks for the glue tips.
Hi Metro,

Actually, the *glue tips* regarding the use of Elmers Glue can go even farther, if done correctly. Take a look at the motorcycle fairing below...



Now take a guess on what type of *epoxy* is used to hold the glass to the foam core. Polyester resin? No. How about more expensive Epoxy resin? Sorry. Try again.

How about Elmers Glue!! Yes!!

All the glass added to this fairing, both inside and out was all added by soaking the cloth with Elmers Wood Glue. Obviously, it could not be vacuum bagged when the glue is setting up, but hey, it's a whole lot cheaper than other options.

As for longevity, this fairing has been on this same motorcycle for the last 15 years, and besides some scratches here and there, looks really good after 115,000 miles, through rain and shine.

Metro, you might want to try this approach on your boat tail project. The only caution is to make sure that all water can not come in contact with the glue, and this is easily done by *encapsulating* the glue with glazing putty to smooth out the rough edges, then later, spraying with primer and finally painting and clear coating. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

I hope this encourages you or others to give it a try.

P.S. I used West System epoxy resin exclusively on the Honda Insight under-body panels, since there is a higher risk of rocks and other debris *chipping* the outer surface of the structure. This could easily put the Elmers glue at risk, since the panels can not be viewed and monitored easily due to their location.

Jim.
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