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Is regular epoxy glue stronger than 5 minute epoxy glue?

alexd

Administrator
Staff member
Are the slow curing epoxy glues are stronger than the 5 minute epoxy glues?

I am glueing a crack in heavy plastic that will be subject to a bit of stress (it is a cracked shovel handle) and I don't need to use it right away. Are there any advantages to using a slow curing epoxy glue for this?
 

graham

Well-Known TRIBEr
Of course it's all the same stuff, and who doesn't want full epoxy strength faster. Money is no object when it comes to curing epoxy.
 

agentRC4

TRIBE Member
5 minute epoxy has done well for me in all my applications. You can even add a little paint to match any colour you need.

It's great to repair the base of your skis or snowboard!
 

Blysspluss

TRIBE Member
Epoxy may make it brittle/prone to cracking again. The 5 minute stuff should harden about the same after curing from my experience.

Is replacing the handle not an option?
 

Bacchus

TRIBE Promoter
dependson the surface! With anything porous (wood, certain plastics) the 30 minutes gives it more time to soak into the pores.

But even so, the epoxy once cured is harder and stronger then almost anythign you're gluing it to.
 
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Liability

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5 minute epoxy has done well for me in all my applications. You can even add a little paint to match any colour you need.

It's great to repair the base of your skis or snowboard!
off topic - It is probably better to repair your ski or snowboard base with Ptex. Epoxy has been known to not work well in cold temperatures and might not slide well on snow.
 

agentRC4

TRIBE Member
I used it for 5 years working in a ski shop. Never had a problem with it. When I used Ptex, I would always have an upset customer. The epoxy took really well and even took the texture patterns from the stone grinder.
 

alexd

Administrator
Staff member
Is replacing the handle not an option?
I have some new handles on order but I won't get them till next week. I want to use this one tomorrow, so i used 5 minute epoxy and then duck taped over that and spread epoxy on the duck tape. Not the prettiest repair in the world, but as long as it works I will be happy.
 

Liability

TRIBE Member
I used it for 5 years working in a ski shop. Never had a problem with it. When I used Ptex, I would always have an upset customer. The epoxy took really well and even took the texture patterns from the stone grinder.
Fair enough. I tuned my own skiis for many years and was told to stay away from epoxy. The epoxy of those days might have been different though.
 
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