Need to reglue my Thigh/Knee braces to the inside hull of my fiberglass kayak. Can someone recommend what brand of glue is best?
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Posted by: edzep on Aug-04-13 9:49 AM (EST)
DAP Weldwood contact cement. Some prefer the gel formulation. Get the old surface cleaned up and lightly sanded. 3 coats on the foam, and 2 or 3 on the glass, dried in between. On final dry assembly, get the position right, 'cause there's no second chance.
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Posted by: magooch on Aug-04-13 10:57 AM (EST)
H20 glue is for this application. I have never used it, so I don't know what type of glue it is (contact, or whatever). I realize that some folks believe that silicone adhesive should not be used on composite boats, but that is what I used to glue knee/thigh pads on one of my boats. This boat gets used regularly almost every week of the year for nearly five years and the pads are as secure as the day I installed them. The pads are high density closed cell foam rubber.
Posted by: BNystrom on Aug-05-13 6:28 AM (EST)
...exactly why silicone adhesives should not be used in kayaks. There are better choices that do not suffer from the problems created by silicone residue. There is no advantage to silicone adhesives, so why create problems for yourself down the line?
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Posted by: JackL on Aug-04-13 12:30 PM (EST)
Follow the diredtions on the can.
Posted by: Jaybabina on Aug-05-13 8:25 AM (EST)
I agree but would add, sand the glass surface first. Sometimes wax mold release makes thinks come off like your original ones. Make sure you get the flammable contact cement not the water soluble.