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Old 07-04-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Floor pan epoxy

I just started a floor pan install and I had heard there is an epoxy that can be used to supplement or replace welding and I was looking for the name. (Not jb weld)

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Old 07-04-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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3m makes some awesome stuff.
It a 2 part adhesive. It's number is: 8115 structural adhesive.
I do collision repair and I use it a lot. If used correctly it be stronger than plug welds. It has tiny glass beads in the adhesive so you can't squeeze it all out.
Apply over clean bare metal. If I put a new truck bedside on or quarter panel on I use 3m 8115 to bond the wheelhouse and lower part of the quarter panel. All new door skins I use it too. I highly recommend it!
According to dodge repair procedures when you put a new quarter panel on their vehicle you can glue the the entire joint with a backer plate instead of welding then just use body filler to finish. You can also use it as a seam sealer and repair problem plastics where other 3m products won't work.

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Old 07-04-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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Oh and to add. It has a very high release temp. Around 600-700 degrees I believe.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Even a tube of the 3m is expensive. Is this the only option?
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:03 AM   #6
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Well 3m's adhesive is the only one that I have used. I'm sure there are other manufactures out there that make a good product but I would still stick with 3m's 8115. And you are right it is expensive. Plus, you need their special gun to use it.
If you do decide to go with 3m there will be only two mixing tips that come in the package. I would highly recommend buying a few more. Once you use one tip and let it sit for 30min or so it's junk, meanwhile you may still have 3/4 of the product left. Just put on a new tip and your good to go. When you are starting a new tube you have to level both sides. To do this simply use the gun and squeeze out the product without a mixing tip. If you don't do this then you will get improper mixed products that mostly likely never harden.
I hope this helps. If you can't tell I love this stuff. In the collision repair field it is a godsend. It's saves a ton of time and it meets auto manufacture standards to replace welds in many areas of the vehicle.
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It is awesome stuff, used it to attach entire bedsides. I think Simms (not sure on spelling) makes some too
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Even a tube of the 3m is expensive. Is this the only option?
No mater what it cost it is still cheaper than a welder , not to mention the warping that can occur when welding.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:21 PM   #9
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I ended up taking it in for now with a cheap welder. If I decide to rhino I will have to fix it up and blend it.

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