Kydex is an amazing material, but it does have some limitations. In this article, we’ll look at a few of the ways you can overcome the problems that Kydex has with epoxy resin.
What glue works best on KYDEX?
Kydex is a popular choice for knife sheaths and gun holsters because it doesn’t stretch, is easy to mold and cut, and is lightweight.
When you are looking at glues to use on Kydex, it’s important to use one that will stick well without becoming brittle or cracking over time.
Here are some general recommendations:
- epoxy resin – used as an adhesive for many types of materials including wood and metal; good as an all-purpose glue when working with Kydex
- super glue – works well when attaching two pieces of plastic together but is not recommended if the pieces will be subjected to stress or pressure (like a holster) due to its tendency toward brittleness over time
- contact cement – best used on leather products with rough surfaces such as suede; not meant for use on plastics; can cause discoloration if used improperly
- hot glue – excellent adhesive when working with fabrics but not recommended for adhering to items made of different materials (such as Kydex) since it tends not to work very effectively under high heat conditions like those found at the bottom of a holster moving around against your skin while wearing tight clothing in hot weather conditions
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Can you superglue KYDEX?
These include Kydex and other plastics like ABS and PVC.
What can you put epoxy resin on?
You can use epoxy resin to bond almost any two materials, with the exception of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene. Epoxy resins are suitable for use on metal, wood, concrete, and ceramics.
Can KYDEX be welded?
Yes, you can weld Kydex. The process requires a TIG welder and rod suitable for stainless steel or carbon steel. You will also need shielding gas, which should be compatible with the material you are welding.
Additionally, it is important to have all the right equipment to get the job done properly: a proper welding machine with a vacuum cup, gas lens, and torch attachment are required.
Can you glue leather to KYDEX?
Yes, you can glue leather to KYDEX. Leather is a porous material, so it will absorb the epoxy resin. You can use the same epoxy resin that you would use on plastic.
Leather is a very tough material and requires special glues to adhere well. Some of these include contact cement, superglue, or even liquid nails (the type used for wood).
What does epoxy not stick to?
You can also use epoxy to glue glass and ceramics together, but they are not as strong a bond as metal.
Epoxies do not stick to plastic or rubber. If you need to glue these items together, try using rubber cement or contact adhesive instead of epoxy.
Wood, concrete, and other porous materials are poor candidates for bonding with epoxy. The pores in these materials will absorb too much of the liquid resin and weaken your finished product.
What surfaces will resin stick to?
The short answer: yes, it can. Resin can be applied to most surfaces, but there are some exceptions. Resin will not stick to rubbery materials like rubber or silicone.
Neither will it stick to leather, which is why you should always test the resin on a small area before using it in an area that’s visible or obvious.
You should also be careful about applying resin in wet conditions; if a surface is too damp when you apply the resin, then it might not become fully cured and could peel off later (which is why we recommend using tacked-together contact paper for your workpiece).
And finally, if you’re working outside on warm summer days—or even indoors with heating vents blowing nearby—you’ll need to wait until late at night and let everything cool down before applying any epoxies so they won’t dry out too quickly and form bubbles.
How durable is epoxy resin?
Epoxy resin is a durable, hard-wearing material. It’s also extremely versatile and can be used to bond metal, glass, and other materials.
Epoxy resin is used in the automotive industry, aerospace industry, and medical industry. In fact, epoxy resin has been used to seal implants made of metal or ceramics in the human body for more than 30 years!
As it’s so versatile and tough; epoxy resin can be used for projects both large and small. For example:
- You could use it to coat your kitchen table or craft desk with an extra layer of protection against water stains or heat damage (but please don’t try this at home).
- Or you could use it as a sealant on your windows to prevent drafts during the winter months (this is actually quite effective).
Epoxy is a great adhesive that can be used for many things. It’s most commonly used as a coating for skin and nails, but it can also be used to create art, strengthen nails, and more.
If you’re interested in using epoxy on your Kydex sheath or other leather products, there are some important steps you need to take first before applying the glue.