Originally Posted by Peev
Glue is not a fair comparison and you know it. Over 15 years with no issues, and all of our guides do the same. We've used that shit on over 1,000 PFD's, not one issue except prolonging the life. Read Mogurs post. Suns out waters up, going to boat. Have a wonderful night.
Its actually a very fair comparison. We are talking about the bonding and affects (physical and chemical) of applying a chemical/product to technical materials. Most of us will never test the limits of said materials but still make decisions based on the worst case in this sport.
I read Mogur's post and it led me to contact Gold Eagle directly. But there is a big difference between trusting the anecdotes of strangers on the internet versus the very direct warning of a chemical manufacturer against that exact use. If Gold Eagle clarifies its a warning about cosmetics (could be that considering the products intent) then so be it and it opens up a use for 303 I have been hesitant to apply. Would love to save cash and find multiple more uses for a product I already have plenty of. Play it safe until then.
It reminds of the testing of rapids or quick links we use in canyoneering. Anecdotally tons of people rappel with success on the most flimsy of components. That said, empirical testing (done avocationally but properly) on them shows irregular failure at frightening low levels hence the industry recommendations against using certain equipment. We do a lot of stuff that many people get away with but I know I don't want to be one of the few people who end up on the sharp end of that curve.
That is my default when it comes to equipment specifically designed to protect me. Same reason I retire life jackets every 5 years or so; retire climbing ropes and harnesses, etc.