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I am trying to attach (small items)baskets to the galley fiberglass hull. The part that would be attaching to fiberglass is wood. I have tried epoxy and they have managed to fall off. What is the strongest, effective adhesive for this project?
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Gorilla Glue.
Just be sure to not over apply it. It swells some has it dries and will ooze out from behind or between the parts being clued. However it can be wiped off it caught in time.
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Epoxy works just fine but you have to prepare the surfaces. Fiberglass is usually painted - I clean it with Interlux fiberglass wash (or acetone in a pinch) then sand with whatever grit I happen to have (usually 60).
I clean teak with alcohol, and usually it does not need sanding but a bit may not hurt.
I have just done this to make bases for a hanging basket in my locker - you could probably put a whole person in there.

5200 would work too, I suppose.
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Have you tried epoxy putty? The stuff comes in a tube, it is like clay or putty, you pinch a bit off, roll it in your fingers to activate it and use it. Holds stuff well.
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Epoxy should work fine, provided you've prepped the surfaces properly, and you should probably thicken the epoxy with wood flour or microballoons.
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