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G/5 Uses and Tips - WestSystem

By Tom Pawlak

Spot prime metals with G/5 in place of slower drying paint primers for indoor applications prior to applying latex paints. Latex paint can be applied to G/5 about ten minutes after the epoxy is applied and while the epoxy is still soft. G/5 provides a thin barrier and prevents rust that otherwise forms in latex paint when it dries over bare steel or iron.

Model Railroad set builders create natural looking surfaces by applying a film of G/5 adhesive, and then sprinkling small objects onto the surface while it is still uncured. These objects include pebbles, sand, dirt, twigs, dried grass, flocking powder, sawdust, natural grains, nut shells, straw, glass chips, glass or plastic beads, metal filings, cotton balls and spun polyester.

Furniture repair

G/5 is ideal for simple furniture repairs when you don't need much working time. For example, I used it on our 30-year-old rocking chair when the mortise-and-tenon joint connecting the spindle leading from the armrest to the seat came apart. (The armrest connects into the seatback with a wood screw.) Probably the most important step in this repair was surface preparation. The saying "You're only as good as what you are attached to" applies. In this case, the original glue that had failed needed to be removed from both the mortise and tenon. After both surfaces were sanded, the joint was slightly loose. Since G/5 is a bit viscous, it easily bridges gaps. The chair was back in service about 30 minutes later.

Epoxyworks 27 / Fall 2008

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