TotalBoat Thixo is a thickened epoxy adhesive that gives you the reliability and strength of a modern 2:1 epoxy system in an easy to use 185ml cartridge. This convenient point and shoot system is ideal for bonding wood, metal and fiberglass above or below the waterline.
Thixo cartridges fit standard caulking guns. Lay a bead of this non-sagging adhesive to vertical or overhead surfaces. TotalBoat Thixo cures to a hard, translucent surface that can be drilled, painted, or sanded. This no-mess, no-hassle versatile 2:1 epoxy system comes equipped with two free static mixing tips to ensure accurate mix ratio upon application every time. Ideal working temperatures range from 50-80 degrees F.
Cartridges are available individually and in contractor packs of (6) cartridges. Additional mixing tips are sold separately.
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Resin Density at 77 F (lb/gal)
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Thixotropic Index, 1/10 RPM
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Gel Time at 77 F, 150g mass (mins)
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I am filling some drilled holes (above the waterline) and some small scratches/gouges (below the waterline) on a fiberglass boat. Are there any disadvantages to using TB Thixo as opposed to TB Total fair? Is Thixo harder to work into holes/scratches, or is Thixo harder to sand?
You could use either, the Thixo is a thickened epoxy and a bit harder to sand than Total Fair.
JD Tech Team
Can this be used to reattach rv delamination
JD Tech Team
I want to use thixo to bond solid wood to a beveled plywood face, so some end-grain in the ply. Usually, I wet out the ply with neat epoxy, then add my thickened epoxy. Should I still do the neat epoxy to avoid a starved joint with the Thixo?Thanks.
It would help the bond but will still work with just Thixo if you are using some mechanical fasteners also.
I am restoring a 9"diam. exterior wood column that had a rot from the base up about 42" x 4 1'2" wide between two iron straps. I have routed out the reachable rot areas to a 1/12" depth. The areas I could not reach with the router, I treated with Git-Rot. Some routed areas are uneven and before installing new wood pieces I want to prepare the surface to be flat and even to recieve the new.Q. What filler type epoxy do you recommend for applying with a putty knife to true and smooth the substrate?
Thixo is the product you want. Its think and will not run.
Thank you Daniel H. Good to have backup in thinking as I thought Thixo might be the best for what I am doing.
I would use any regular epoxy mix thickened with something like micro spheres or fine wood sanding dust...not looking for strength in this case, but easy sanding. It helps to add a little silica thickener to impart thixotropic properties, but this does add to slower sanding. Your posting says "1/12" depth, but if this means 1-1/2" you should partially fill it and let it harden and then fill to final depth. Use a medium fast hardener to avoid a scorching exotherm. When applying the final coat, cover the patch with any clear glossy polyethylene plastic sheet and then do the final smoothing by hand before it hardens.Pop any trapped bubbles with a pin and express the air. Might wrap some duct tape over the plastic and around the post. Really cuts out a lot of sanding. Poly film pulls off easily when resin is cured. Good Luck
THANK YOU JOHN, good advise. Roy
If it were mine I would cut the wood repair to fit as tight as possible. Use a similar wood species. There will be voids in the rotted area remaining. I would then use an epoxy like the Thixo and coat the surface liberally prior to installing the wood patch. use enough that it fills all voids and oozes out at the edges. Wipe off the excess. I use Thixo instead of epoxy because it seems to flex with the wood better.
Since Thixo works well on vertical sections, I would imagine it should be ideal for your application. Read the "working time" and i'd wait until it begins to set up before you begin smoothing with a putty knife. Almost certainly, you will have to sand the surface to make it smooth enough to look smooth enough to paint. But my applications, while vertical, have not required smoothing so my suggestion springs only from observing the material curing. Good product, though.
Will this work on polypropylene?
I think it will try a small area first I know this is not a 100 percent answer but given the product very good chance it will. Mike.
You will need to rough it up with heavy grit sand paper first. 60 or 80 grit will work.
I do not think so. Epoxy does not stick to most plastics.
Not sure most Likely yes It's a good product dries quick to and strong
are the thixo tube tips cleanable?
No. They are disposable.
Not to my knowledge. The tips purpose is to mix the 2 parts of Thixo epoxy so that they can begin to cure, consequently the mix hardens in the tip. I'm not aware of any method that would efficiently dissolve the mix before it begins to harden.
No , which is why you get 2 when you buy it. If you were stranded on Gilligan's Island and had no other option it may be possible by submerging it and purging it with Acetone . I wouldn't try that unless Gilligan was driving you nuts
Short answer: No. Longer answer: It might be theoretically possible to use compressed air or solvent to force the residual epoxy out of the tip, then flush it with solvent. But it would be a huge hassle. Basically you need a new mixing tip every time you use a cartridge.
I have never tried to clean the tip I bought extras it would be very messy to try to clean. The tip is what mixes the two components. I would suggest using a new tip
No not really.. You might be able to play with some acetone -- but the time/cost make it a waste. You need to by extra tips for each use.
No.You need to plan your work well and/or have additional tips available. I have also dispensed both parts from cartridge without the tip and then mixed the 2 together with an applicator spatula with good results.
Can this be used as a fillet for stitch and glue boats ?
Thixo2:1 would certainly work well.It is however an expensive way to go if large quantities are needed. I use my own well measured and mixed small batches of standard epoxy mix thickened with wood flour and fumed silica (Cab-o-sil) to the desired consistency and spread and fileted with a spatula. I will choose my epoxy hardner (fast or medium) based on how much working time I need. For a small job Thixo would be great.
Yes. Absolutely. Run the bead and then flatten it with your filleting stick.
Prefect for that task
Don't know much about stitch & glue, but as long as the materials are wood, and to the extent that the joints do not flex much, I would bet that Thixo would work well as a fillet. My application of the product involved zero flexing and it works extremely well. I don't know how it reacts if flexing or twisting were a regular requirement of the cured application.
I have a tube of THIXO TOTAL BOAT. The instructions say to "remove nut and nose plug from the top of cartridge". How much of the of the plug do I cut off?
I think it depends how thick of a bead you are trying to put down
Is Thixo compatible with MAS epoxies? I am getting ready to bond a strip plank deck of an outrigger hull for a trimaran to the strip planked hull. I want to do this when the glass on the inside of the deck is green to keep a chemical bond. I would like to use Thixo on the hull to deck joint but i am not sure of the compatibility between the two brands. Another question, if the temp is below 50 will Thixo eventually reach a full cure?
No idea about the two different epoxies working together but cold temperatures are definitely not a good idea. Best bet is to consult the manufacturer directly about both questions. Its all chemistry and you don't want an expensive project to fail based upon wrong advice b
Hi Dave, Yes. Thixo is compatible with MAS. Under 50? You want to use the Thixo fast cure. It will cure faster at a lower temp.
I am restoring a 47 ft wooden boat. I went to the Antique Boat show in Mystic Ct a few years back and got the idea of using an epoxy for caulking between the planks then coating the hull with a resin/epoxy would this Thixo work for the caulking between the planks? The boat has been out of the water for two years so everything is dry
Robert,I HAVE A 38' 1927 MATTHEWS WHICH HAS EPOXY BONDED SEAMS (BOTH TOPSIDES AND BELOW THE WATER LINE) THAT I INSTALLED OVER 15 YEARS AGO...WORKS WELL. NOW A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION. SOME HULL PLANKING WOODS (CEDAR, CYPRESS, PINE) EXPAND CONSIDERABLY WHEN PICKING UP MOISTURE(MINE IS HONDURAS MAHOGONEY) THIXO WOULD WORK FINE, BUT IF THE WOOD EXPANDS EXCESSIVELY, YOU COULD CRACK OR BULGE SOME PLANKS. IF YOU DO GO THIS WAY I RECOMMEND PRECOATING THE SEAMS WITH A LOW VISCOSITY EPOXY BEFORE SQUEEZING IN THE THIXO. THEN TAKE STRIPS OF SHINY POLYETHELENE FILM AND PLACE THEM OVER THE SEAM FILLING AND WORK THE THIXO INTO THE SEAM LEAVING IT FLUSH, OR PROUD. THIS WILL PEEL OFF WHEN CURED.IT IS IMPERATIVE TO THEN SEAL THE ENTIRE HULL WETTED SURFACE TO PREVENT MOISTURE PENETRATION. I USED A DYNEL CLOTH (VERY EASY FOR COMPOUND CURVATURES) WITH EPOXY RATHER THAN GLASS CLOTH (WHICH HAS NO ELASTICITY) AND AFTER LIGHT SANDING AND FAIRING I THEN COATED THE HULL WITH 3 COATS OF INTERPROTECT 2000 AND THE USED AN ANTIFOULING PAINT. IT WILL ALSO HELP IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE HULL WITH A GOOD OIL BASE PAINT IF THE HULL LEAKS AT ALL. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH EXPANSION,A FLEXIBLE CAULK COULD BE USED (POLYSULFIDE OR POLYURETHANE), BUT IT WOULD STILL BE ADVISED TO SEAL THE HULL. GOOD LUCK!
Not knowing the type of boat you're dealing with and how well it was built, I can only give suggestions based on my experience. A wooden boat is built to flex with the movement in the water, therefore putting something in the joints that doesn't flex with that movement would be problematic in my opinion. I have used thixo and it's very good to work with and does it job well, but I would hesitate using it in the manner you suggest. I had a 1973 42' Grand Banks with a mahogany hull and considered fiberglassing it also, but after careful consideration, decided against it. Putting epoxy resin over the wooden hull would subject the epoxy to flexing underneath that would deteriorate the epoxy ultimately. Consult a boatwright for a more professional opinion. Good luck!
Robert; Our use was not structural, but Thixo certainly inspires confidence in its adhesion strength. If you're asking about caulking deck planks, I should think Thixo would work well. If you're talking about caulking planks for the hull, I might be rather more cautious. Wooden hull will absorb moisture, and should be assumed to expand and contract from moisture and thermal fluctuations. I have no knowledge regarding the flexibility of Thixo after it has been applied. I'd be inclinde to do some "test-to-destruction" to ascertain the adhesion in the same environment you plan to use it. But for deck plank caulking it should be excellent.
I think the Thixo material would work well but will dry hard. Don't large wooden boats need to move and swell when put back into the water? Good luck with your project.
Love this stuff....
I'm testing different glues for my Haven 12 Â½ strip of planking. Thixo is simple to apply and holds better than anything I've ever used. It stays put without sagging and is easy to reseal for further applications. Be sure to buy extra mixing tips.
Los Angeles, CA
I would use this again.
Hard to dispense with a standard caulking gun. You really need a first class 10:1 gun.Other than that, it is a first class product. I was filling some holes and found it easier to leave off the mixing tube and mix it in a cup.
Good stuff. Sets up good, little to no mess, easy to apply.
I used this on my 20' wooden runabout build. I used it to attach planks to their neighbors below, between planks and ribs and between ribs / floor timbers. Works great.
You need these
Extra tips are a must for the Thexo Epoxy. You can cover them between use for the same day and they work fine but by overnight they are dry and unusable. They work great so get extras.
Beautiful epoxy glue. Easy to work with . But the extra tips so you can use it on other projects.
Works very well.
I discovered some rot under my portlights. This product was the perfect fix. It did not sag or run and was easy to use.
Steve the sailor
They are necessary to mix the Thixo. Get plenty so you can use all the adhesive. They will clog up after a few hours as the epoxy hardens so you'll need extras especially if using the Thixo in different stages.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Awesome adhesive and chalking. Used it to fill large cracks in wood and to fill open grains that make contact with the elements.
South Lake Tahoe
I am using the product to repair the sub flooring under the teak deck in my boat, which had rotted away. I glued plywood to the bottom of the deck and to seal the joint between the old plywood and the new. It cures rock solid. It's a little tough to get out of the tube and through the nozzle and there is too much waste if you are only doing a small job. Otherwise, it works as advertised.