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ajf10 03-01-2009 12:07 AM

West Systems six10 epoxy
 
Has anyone had any experience with this product yet? It seems really cool. A cartridge that has resin and hardener in it, and the two mix completely in a mixer in the nozzle.

Its pretty pricey at $20.50 a cartridge, but for me might be sent from heaven, since I have to remove all my stanchions and both genoa tracks and then refill each hole with epoxy, then redrill. It would save me all kinds of headaches.

Trickster 03-01-2009 01:52 AM

I cant say anything for the six10, but i have never had a bad experience with a West System product.

Cheers

preservedkillick 03-01-2009 07:37 AM

This past spring I had everything off the boat for painting so I did just this, except with the regular epoxy mixing. I do admit that this Six10 looks good. I wonder if the tube and tip would be a little big and inaccurate and messy? What I did was use 5cc plastic irrigation syringes to fill my holes and I found it worked great.
http://www.nols.edu/store/product_image.php?imageid=113

I quickly realized that you can't just blob some epoxy down the hole, it would leave voids that sometimes wouldn't rise to the surface. With the syringe I could fill the hole from the bottom up to eliminate voids. Granted I was using a home brew mix of resin and microfibers and I tend to mix it fairly thick. Even with my method, I had my wife follow me with toothpicks and give the mix a stir in the hole, and she did find a few voids I need to top-off after stirring.

Also, with the syringe, I could fill the hole exactly level with the deck, so no wiping up epoxy. Since I'm writing this much, might as well say that I pre-wet the hole edges with neat epoxy before filling.

So, back to the Six10 stuff, sounds like they have the formula down for viscosity, perhaps you could poke a small hole in the mixing tip that could accurately fill holes with. It would save time as long as it doesn't introduce a clean up mess for each hole.

I wouldn't flinch at the cost, with my method I mixed many small batches, and there was quite a bit wasted as the last of each batch went-off before I got it in the hole.

pvanv1 03-01-2009 10:21 AM

We sell Six-10 in our store. Plus side, it's convenient. Down side, it's pricey. Bottom line, it works fine. Personally, I still use West 105 and appropriate hardeners and appropriate fillers. I also use Smith's CPES for penetration.

PalmettoSailor 03-01-2009 02:28 PM

I wonder if you could combine techniques and squirt the product from the Six-10 cartridge into a syringe, then use that to fill the hole from bottom to top?

I have my exterior cabin top rails removed for refinishing and I would like to pot the holes before I reinstall them. I also have interior hand rails that are also attached through the cabin top so I want to pot them at the same time.

sailingdog 03-02-2009 01:25 PM

Recommend you read the Special Interest Disclosure thread in the Boat Buying Forum before you get into trouble.
Quote:

Originally Posted by pvanv1 (Post 456229)
We sell Six-10 in our store. Plus side, it's convenient. Down side, it's pricey. Bottom line, it works fine. Personally, I still use West 105 and appropriate hardeners and appropriate fillers. I also use Smith's CPES for penetration.


jackytdunaway 04-27-2009 02:21 PM

I am looking to rebed my stanchions in the next few weeks. Has anybody used the Six10 system for this or would i be better off mixing my own

mitiempo 04-27-2009 02:51 PM

West 6-10 is neat epoxy and I think you would be better to add some colloidal silica in to make it stronger. I would (and did). Just my opinion.


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