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Old 01-03-2014, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I had a question for all the DIY, handy guys & gals here. When doing a glue/epoxy repair on gear and equipment, is there any advantage/necessity to keep the item clamped throughout the entire 24-48 hour curing process?

What I mean is does it help the integrity of the repair any to keep it clamped beyond the 10-30-90 min. whatever initial hardening time for the epoxy/glue etc?

I've had to try and do a mickey mouse repair on my 32 boa's. The bottom plastic wire guide was pulling loose from the boot on one side, and since it looked as if it was sandwiched & glued between the layers of material to begin with. I thought I might be able to affect a reasonable repair by gluing and clamping it with some epoxy I have left over from a board top sheet repair. (I was very careful to keep any epoxy from getting into or around the slots/openings for the boa wires!)

I mean ultimately, it'll work or it won't. But I was a little curious to know if leaving it clamped for the full 24-48 hours as opposed to taking the clamps off after a few hours once it's hardened would give the repair any real additional advantage. Or if once it's hard, the clamps don't really do anything more for the repair? (...I was hoping to ride tomorrow at the local hill.)

This information would be helpful for the next time I need to do another top sheet / lamination repair as well. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on what it is really as well as room temp, barometric pressure, the time of day in Papa New Guinea, and if the Gnargoyles are in the Northern Sun. 12 hours is generally what I do for hard goods, fixing a boot like that I would think after a couple hours it would be solid.
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In theory what ever that glue's set/initial cure time is should be enough. The full cure time is just how long the glue takes to full strength. But if your gluing something that has some elastic energy in it, it will want to come apart until the glue hardens enough. You just need to let it cure long enough for the glues to be strong enough to overcome the forces that a trying to undo the glue job.

I also think that a couple hours would probably do based on what you described, but when I epoxy stuff, I usually try to leave it clamped for as long as I could just to be safe.
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Unless there is a reason to remove the clamps I would just keep it clamped until it reaches full strength. I sure as hell would not be using what ever I'm repairing until the full 48 hours have passed.
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Success! Out on the snow today. Been out 3-4 hours now. Repair's holding. Might get a full 3.5 seasons outta these boots afterall.
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I used a pop rivet on my 32 boas been holding for last half of last year and so far this year.
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I used a pop rivet on my 32 boas been holding for last half of last year and so far this year.
Awesome! I thought about doing that myself, but worried with my damage being over the toe, I might get a pressure point from rivet.. Did u have to drill that plastic piece first? (For future reference.)
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yes...drilled the hole...and should have used some glue also but didn't think of that.
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