I've been doing a lot of research lately on different types of epoxy for major repairs. The repair I have is a base and edge lifting / delamination.
Locally not much is available, Devcon, Consumer grade Loctite. Even Grangier/MSC doesn't necessarily stock industrial Loctite Hysol at all locations.
Here is a interesting list of epoxy from the SVST site, which I found on another forum:
- Tognar and a few other snowboard/ski sites sell Hysol 608
as an ideal exopy for delamination repairs. Looking at the technical sheet it has a shore D hardness of 80
. I'm not on engineer but apparently this correlates in some way to how well it can flex. So although 80 seems a bit high, apparently it is flexible enough for snowboard repairs. cost about $15.
- Another mentioned is West System G/flex
, which is supposedly very flexible and has very good adhesion. I can't find the data on this but since its advertised as flexy.. I wish i had gone with this one. About $17-20.
- PC-11 marine epoxy
, not sure about this one, as i haven't heard anyone using this product on snowboards. This has a shore d hardness of 72 which matches with its claims to good in flexible environment. low cost $5-6, but i was unable to find this locally. i believe this is more of a paste, so penetration into the repair area may be an issue.
- Devcon 2 ton epoxy
. SVST lists it as "Good flexibility, for delams and edge repair". yet it has a shore d rating of 83
. $5 at lowes. Most auto parts stores carry this brand as well.
- Loctite Marine epoxy
. readily available at home depot/lowe's. seems to have good adhesion, but downside is it is pretty paste-like, making it difficult to work with. it is also pretty hard when set.. even harder than the hysol 608.. loctite marine rates at 85
shore d. cost is $5-6.
here's a shore d harness chart for the hell of it:
What is everyone's experiences with major/base delamination repairs and the type of epoxy used. did it last? what epoxy was used?
I would probably have gone with the west system g/flex epoxy if i had heard about it before running out to lowe's for some cheapo loctite marine. i'll report back on how it holds though, but if it blows out again i'll be trying something stronger like the gflex.