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At Industrial Plastics & Paints we take your questions seriously. Here you will find the answers to our most asked questions.

The Boss has over 35 years of experience at Industrial Plastics & Paints so you can bet he knows what he is talking about.

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Can I Glue Polyethylene?

Can I Glue Polyethylene? . . . . The short answer is NO! . . . But there is more to the story

Over my 40 plus years in the Plastics Industry, I have been asked this question almost every day. So in preparation of writing this blog article, I jumped on the Web to see what answers others were offering to this question. I found plenty of forums with individuals offering a multitude of solutions to glue Polyethylene. I am here to tell you that while some of them may work to some degree . . .  NONE of them work to the degree that most people expect. Oh there are surface preparations that will help industrial adhesives stick to Polyethylene but none will provide a permanent bond to Polyethylene. The only true way to bond Polyethylene to Polyethylene is by heat welding and this requires the right equipment and the proper technique.

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Using Epoxy Resins

While there are many sources of information on the Internet, none is better than information offered by the manufacturer of the product. They know how to get the best out of their product, it's limitations and it's strengths. Once you use these product you may develop your own techniques and practices, however beginners should follow the Manufacturer's instructions and recommedations. To that end, we offer links to 


videos and product Data Sheets for many of the products we offer on our website. The link VIDEOS will provide you access to instructional videos about many of the products we sell. Industrial Plastics & Paints stores offer the full line of both West System and System Three Epoxy. These videos provide great general information however, there may be some more technical questions for which they don't provide answers. In these instances I would encourage you to contact the experts in one of our store locations or submit your question to our website. 

 

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Paint vs Re-Gelcoating

Paint vs Re-Gelcoating

This Verses has been going on for a long time and I have seen many mis-informed opinions in many Internet forums. This article is intended to provide that facts and then let you decide which one you will choose. So lets start with a little background about Gelcoat.

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Epoxy vs Polyester Fiberglass Resin

Epoxy vs Polyester Fiberglass Resin

Before epoxy came on the polyester boat repair scene in the mid 1980's, most fiberglass boats were repaired with polyester resin. The repairs were typically successful if done by an experienced repairer.

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