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Smooth-On EA-40 Bow Glue
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Smooth-On EA-40 Bow Glue

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Item Number: 4458
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Price: $35.50
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  • Q:

    will this epoxy work with carbon fiber
    Asked on 8/3/2014 by RAY from NORTHERN NJ

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes

      Answered on 8/22/2014 by Dave from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Would this be the best for glueing fiberglass cloth to the back of a hickory board bow? Will it make the cloth dissapear?
    Asked on 2/22/2014 by bravo331 from Oklahoma

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I would say this glue would probably be the best. I really can't answer for sure as to weather it will make the cloth "disappear", but I think it would do a fairly good job.

      Answered on 2/24/2014 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    My bow cracked lengthwise at the bend, back side. Can I use Smooth on EA 40 for repair? If so, will it still provide me with flexibility?

    With regards to a bow not damaged, what can I apply, from a chemical prespective, to prevent it from cracking? What I am looking for is something like a polyurathane of some sort, but of course offering strength, flexibility, and reinforcement.

    Thank you!
    Asked on 8/30/2013 by Bisonte

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Smooth on Epoxy is a great glue. However, it's difficult to say if the repair will work or not without seeing the bow.

      If you are looking for something to protect the bow from damage (i.e. scratches), polyurethane should work well. I would recommend our Thunderbird Sealer.

      Answered on 9/4/2013 by Sam from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    if i were to apply this to the belly of a self bow would it increase compression strength
    Asked on 2/27/2013 by kllr7 from McGuire AFB, NJ

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, this glue does not have a noticeable performance value.

      Answered on 2/27/2013 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    I would like to make a long bow. I would rather not wanna make a heat box, keep cost down as this is my first go round with laminate bow making. I just wanna do clamp's, and mulitple hour cure. Would EA-40 be a good glue? If so what would be the best mix ratio. What woods would you not recomend, when not using heat cureing?
    Asked on 1/18/2013 by JS from Longmont, Colorado

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I would recommend to use a hot box when gluing up a bow. When you cure the EA-40 at 160 degrees the glue will with stand 160 degrees.

      Answered on 1/22/2013 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    (1)How many bows can you build with 2 one-pint cans?
    (2)What is the shelf life?
    Asked on 11/19/2012 by Frank

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Depending on the size of the bow you should be able to get at least 3 or 4 bows from one set.

      It will only last for about a year after opening the cans. If it is still sealed you should be fine.

      Answered on 11/19/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Should you rough up the wood before applying? I guess you would not if it was clear fiberglass but what about wood to wood or wood to bamboo?
    Asked on 9/9/2012 by keithg27

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You should not need to rough up the wood. You will want to clean everything, even the glass, with acetone first. Then use a tongue depressor to make sure that you get the glue into every pore and groove of the wood and glass.

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
    • A:

      Yes, rough up the wood. The only failures I've ever had using EA-40 came when I was trying to get the smoothest veneers possible. Stress cracks between the veneer and glass began immediately on stringing up the bow.

      7 Lakes Longbows

      Answered on 1/28/2013 by Mike Ballenger from 7 Lakes
  • Q:

    How does this compare to bow-grip?
    Asked on 9/9/2012 by keithg27

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I have only ever used Smooth On myself. From what I have read Smooth On tends to be more stable and more forgiving than Bow Grip.

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Justin from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Can I stain my bow I am making with either Minwax or TruOil, then apply the EA40 to adhere a clear fiberglass backing? If so, what, if any, prep is necessary to take out the oily or waxiness of the stain prior to EA40 application. In other words, will the stain or oil make it too greasy for the EA40 to adhere to it? I don't want my laminate slipping off the back of my bow. First build here. It is a longbow from a red oak board and I would like a fiberglass backing to be safe. Too much work to risk breakage.
    Asked on 8/31/2012 by hatchet from Uniontown, PA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I would not recommend to Tru oil the bow before you install fiberglass with EA-40 because it will not adhere. You could use a flat cabinet scraper to remove this from the bow. once removed you will want to use a clean rag and denatured alcohol to wipe it clean. Once this is done you can then glue the fiberglass on.

      Answered on 9/5/2012 by Art from 3Rivers Archery
  • Q:

    Does this glue work for sinew-backing a bow? If not, what would be better?
    Asked on 6/20/2012 by Juniper bowmaker

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We do not recommend using the EA-40. What we use is hide that will be the best glue to use on sinew back bow's.

      Answered on 6/21/2012 by Clint from 3Rivers Archery
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