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Old 04-10-2010   #1
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Bituthene Replacement?

I'm thinking of ordering a tube of this stuff:

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Old 04-10-2010   #2
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That stuff sure does look tough enough. My question is how long is the cure time? The nice thing about bituthene is that it can be applied in short order with no waiting once it is applied. Sure it won't last as long at G/Flex but it will get you off the river before dark.

That stuff looks like it might be a good replacement for plastic welding though.


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Old 04-10-2010   #3
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Full cure in 24 hours (at 70 degrees).

I recently used it for some fiberglass motor boat repair. If it sticks to plastic (I believe West recommends torching the surface first), it would be good for repairs at the house. On the river, I would still use bituthene.
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Old 04-10-2010   #4
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Did you buy some Tyson? I would be interested in how it holds up vs a plastic weld. I think we need to bring some out to cali with us for all the mank on kimshew and south branch
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Looks promising. Thinking about getting some myself to test it out. Confluence has some in stock and said they were going to repair a boat with it.

Don't think it replaces bitchithane as a decent temporary and quick repair for on river or overnighter situations. Seems like the gflex has the potential to be a stronger repair than bitchithane or welding. I wonder if it cures faster than 24 hrs with heat?
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Old 04-11-2010   #6
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Looks good, I just wonder what Ian is going to do in his spare time now that he doesn't have to weld boats in the middle of the day. I got three welded Jefe's ready for some mank gents. Lets get sum.
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I have two or three more of those broken Jefe's if you want to fix em Kevin.
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Sent you a PM. Rando

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