Epoxy or hot glue for adhering knot to handle ?

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Red Rider, Oct 19, 2017.


What do you use and prefer to adhere brush knot to handle.

Poll closed Nov 2, 2017.
  1. Hot Glue

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  2. Epoxy 2 part

  3. Wood Glue

  4. Other ?

  1. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

    Recently had some knots come off my handles.

    Wondering what other have found to adhere better.
  2. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Active Member


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  3. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member


    What did you use?
  4. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Yep, epoxy..........
  5. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

    Hot Glue :(
  6. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    Yalppa, epoxy.
  7. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    At least it's easy to clean off! :p :D
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  8. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    I have used epoxy.
    In the future I will use clear silicone adhesive. It will bond tight, gives you a few minutes to position the knot, is waterproof, and makes it a whole lot easier to remove the knot should the need arise.
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  9. Terry Williams

    Terry Williams Well-Known Member

    Get a good waterproof glue. There are a zillion. I don't trust hot glue because it doesn't seem to set very firmly. I think it might come loose after a time. But, others here have used it without any issues.

    Epoxy is awesome, but it is permanent. If you decide to change a knot you won't be able to preserve an old one set in epoxy. You will probably have to drill it out. You will never get it hot enough to break the epoxy bond without melting or damaging the handle. So, other glues might be a better choice if you want to change knots. I use golf club shafting epoxy mostly for shaving brushes. It has serious strength and I've never had the 24 hour variety fail in a golf club if I mixed it well (I have had 5-min epoxy fail in a driver). And, I don't intend to keep the knot if I replace it.

    But, other glues to consider that won't be as permanent:
    Beacon Power-Tac
    Beacon Quick Grip (if you are in a hurry)
    Good construction cement from your hardware store; try to get the clear variety
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  10. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I use silicone almost exclusively now unless someone wants to use epoxy. If you ever have to change out a knot, you can usually reuse the knot if it was set in silicone. If it was set with epoxy, you will have to destroy the knot.
  11. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

    All roads seem to be leading to silicone glue.

    Any type or brand recommendations ?
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  12. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    Silicone adhesive here too. I used DAP. Any hardware store carries it.
  13. Redrock

    Redrock Well-Known Member

    I have used both epoxy and silicone. I prefer epoxy. The 15 minute gives plenty of time for adjustments. Both are good....just my preference.
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  14. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    I've had a zero failure rate with this product.
  15. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    +1 for Silicone. I have used this brand and one other on about 30 brushes now. I don't believe there has been a failure reported yet.
  16. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    I've used a hot glue gun in the past, and it worked well. I had to take the knot out and put another in, and tried hot gluing it, with newly acquired glue sticks, and it just wouldn't hold. Not all glue sticks are made the same.
    I gave up, and used Gorilla Glue 5 Minute Epoxy, and it worked fantastically. The trick is to let it start to thicken, before application, or it will be too runny.
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  17. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

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  18. Hodge

    Hodge Well-Known Member

    Silicone has always worked well for me.
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  19. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    I went by the title of epoxy or hot glue, so I chose epoxy. But silicone is another good choice as others have mentioned.
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  20. Red Rider

    Red Rider Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I've decided to "re-glue" using silicone, in particular had some G.E. stuff. Waited 3 days prior to using. So far so good will otherwise but feel confident on recommendations.
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