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EVA to Cork
Posted by: Chuck Brezen (70.97.209.---)
Date: October 03, 2020 05:15PM

Just a quick question. I’ve been building my own custom cork handles for a couple years now and am thinking of integrating some color into them with EVA rings. When assembling my cork handles I always use waterproof wood glue but can I use it on the EVA as well? Maybe a silly question but don’t want things separating when I could have used quick set epoxy for those sections. Thanks in advance for your help!

Chuck

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Re: EVA to Cork
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: October 03, 2020 06:10PM

Carpenter's glue won't hold very well to EVA. Better to use epoxy or you can use contact cement on just those pieces where EVA is being joined.

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Re: EVA to Cork
Posted by: Joe Vanfossen (---.neo.res.rr.com)
Date: October 03, 2020 06:50PM

DAP Weldwood Contact Cement is my preference for gluing EVA to anything. The only exception is when gluing on a butt cap, I'll use Rod Bond, since it's already mixed up and good to go.

With the contact cement, I usually buy small jars. Unless you are using it on a very regular basis, it will thicken up and get more stringy over time once the jar is open.

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Re: EVA to Cork
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: October 03, 2020 06:52PM

Rod Bond, very thinly applied. Remove excess with alcohol after clamping. If it oozes out too much, you used too much glue. A very thin coat is all that is required.

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Re: EVA to Cork
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: October 04, 2020 04:39PM

Chuck,
I do not use EVA, or comparable, for grips so cannot offer an answer to your question. However, I do often use different types of material within the same grip such as cork, birch bark and exotic woods. The gist of my reply is that different materials sand at different rates; basically a softer material (cork) will sand much quicker than a harder material (hardwood). This can leave the surface of the grip uneven if not unsightly. I have found that machining the hardwood slightly smaller than the cork prior to assembling them together and then carefully finish sanding the cork down just until it matches the hardwood to produce the best results. Without any experience with EVA, I do not know how it sands compared to cork; just beware and test, test,test. I am certain all of us would like to see the fruits of your labor.

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