GLEN-L's POXY-SHIELD® and POXY-GRIP® products are both excellent 2-part epoxy adhesives, yet each has markedly different qualities. Primarily, POXY-SHIELD® is a low-viscosity (very fluid) product ideal for coating, laminating, gluing, and encapsulating wood, but whose applications can be extended with the addition of our various fillers. POXY-GRIP®, on the other hand, is a high-viscosity ready-to-use (after mixing) structural adhesive not intended for coating or encapsulating, but not requiring any additives or modifications either.

Why did we feel that two products of equal gluing capabilities, yet different physical characteristics, should be offered? First, we realized that not all builders of all sizes and types of boats would choose or need the benefits of the total GLEN-L Epoxy Encapsulation System. For example, smaller dinghies, rowboats, and similar craft built at a low cost, or craft not intended for ultimate longevity, can still have the high-strength gap-filling bonds provided by our POXY-GRIP® epoxy structural adhesive. As a glue, POXY-GRIP® is superior to all other types of boat building glues, including plastic resin and resorcinol types (see description following).

In addition POXY-GRIP® and POXY-SHIELD® can be used interchangeably for gluing, whether or not the GLEN-L Epoxy Encapsulation System is being used, depending on application conditions and personal preferences. We found in our own testing that for small projects POXY-GRIP® is simpler to use, but for larger projects our staff preferred the highly-fluid quality of POXY-SHIELD® and the versatility of adding fillers in the amount desired to make a wide variety of glue types to suit a wide variety of gluing applications.

As will be noted in the following product descriptions, other qualities of POXY-GRIP® and POXY-SHIELD® may help you determine which of the products you feel to be most applicable to your boat building situations. Whether you chose to build your craft with the GLEN-L Epoxy Encapsulation System, or simply use the products as improved glues in lieu of the typical boat-building types is a personal choice. In any case, you may choose to use one or the other, or both epoxy products - versatility is the keynote.

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