Top Questions - January 2018

Author: Joel Patterson   Date Posted:31 January 2019 


 

Take a look at the answers we gave to some
of the best and most interesting questions we received
from our customers this month!

1

What can I use to thin your Liquid Air-Dry Varnishes?

Liquid Air Dry Varnishes

It's Xylene that can be used if you need to thin our range of Liquid Air-Dry Varnishes. The data sheet says to use a product called "Elantas X2 Reducer" but when we did the research, it's just Xylene. So your generic brand will be fine. We will be adding some to our range shortly, but until then your local hardware supply or chemical dealer should have you covered.


 

2

Are your UV resistant nylon cable ties actually different from the non-UV ones?

Nylon Uv Resistant Cable Ties

They are different. The UV Resistant ones are made from a modified type of Nylon called Ascend Vydyne 25WSP. This increases their UV resistance. 

 

The standard cable ties are also made from Nylon, but just the standard type 6/6 rather than the more specialised compound. So if you want them to last a long time outside, we recommend paying a small amount more for the UV resistant ones.


 

3

Can you to recommend a spray adhesive that can create a lasting bond to timber studs? I need to cover 1m of surface area.

Weicon Adhesive Spray Extra Strong

There's a couple of options for a surface area of that size.

 

Either the Adhesive Spray or Adhesive Spray Extra Strong would be suitable. Of these, personally, I'd go with the Extra Strong. Few extra cents for the can, but it's about twice the strength of the standard. Both will do about 4mtrs² if applied to one surface only. 

 

If you'd prefer a liquid, brushable adhesive. I'd suggest the GMK 2410. It's name suggests it's designed for rubber to metal (it is) but it also does quite well with wood. This one definitely needs to be applied to both surfaces. Coverage is about 300gm per mtr². 


 

4

I have a two stroke water cooled motorcycle engine made of aluminium alloy and part of the casing has broken, but is still in one piece and can be refitted in place. Will your aluminium repair stick bond to this metal and be strong enough to seal?

Weicon Aluminium Repair Stick

We think our Aluminium Repair Stick would be perfect. You should have no worries about it bonding to the alloy and it will certainly set hard to seal. 

 

The only potential issue that may arise is temperature. The Aluminium Repair Stick is rated to 120°C continuous. If the temperatures in this application remain under that, it'll be fine. If they're higher, our suggestion would be the Titanium Repair Stick. It is a little more expensive, but it will handle 280°C.


 

 


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