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Get­ting epoxy to kick can be a chal­lenge. There are a num­ber of fac­tors to con­sider, par­tic­u­larly the weather/tem­per­a­ture. How­ever, I dis­cov­ered that us­ing an in­can­des­cent light bulb as a heat source can ac­cel­er­ate the cur­ing rate of epoxy, es­pe­cially in cold con­di­tions. Typ­i­cally, a 75-90 watt bulb works well, but the heat set­ting can be changed by screw­ing in a higher or lower wattage bulb. The heat can be con­cen­trated and there is no flame to worry about. Here on a pre­vi­ous boat of mine, My

Time (see photo) I have epox­ied wood strips to the bare fiber­glass hull.

— Mark Kap­peler, Bos­ton, MA

Some­times cre­ativ­ity is key, es­pe­cially when you need to get epoxy to kick

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