Mailport July 2011 Issue

Mailport: July 2011

West Systems vs. Raka

I just read in the June 2011 magazine that you are planning a test of epoxies. I am in the process of restoring a 1965 Pearson Commander 26-foot sailboat. I started using West Systems epoxy ( when I started this project and soon discovered that I am allergic to it. The inside of my arms broke out in a serious rash from using it.

I ended up switching to Raka Epoxies (, and the mix I use the most is the No. 127 resin with the No. 351 Non-blush hardener. So I am very curious how the Raka Epoxies compares in strength to the West Systems. Any chance you might include Raka in your testing?

Jerry Carpenter
Tampa Bay, Fla.

We'll be sure to add Raka to the growing list of epoxy products we'll be testing.

Next: Boat Shoes

Comments (1)

Hey. This letter is two jammed together with some text missing.

Regarding the epoxy testing, please also consider testing products from Progressive Epoxies ( The proprietor, Paul Orman, has a rather cacophonic website, but he seems to have a very good product line at practical prices. I'm doing a huge hull blister re-lamination using their "Premium No Blush" cycloaliphatic epoxy, and I'd love to know how that stacks up to West. I've never had trouble with West, but I want the best epoxy on my bottom & blush is just more work. Are non-blushing epoxies really a free lunch? I considered Raka, East, System 3, and MAS before settling. Initial results are good, but I cannot test like PS can! Thansk!

Posted by: PAUL S | September 1, 2011 1:12 PM    Report this comment

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