Epoxies

The following is a list of epoxies that have a proven track record of success among CCUS conservators. These are not the only epoxies that can be used, merely a list of the ones we have had the most success with. Several are the very ones used by the experts and organizations that trained many of our members. Giving them an even longer track record of success over time. All epoxies are not created equal. Some are designed to bond multiple things such as wood, metal, and ceramics, as well as stone. Others are designed more for bonding stone to stone. This is key to choosing the best epoxy for the type of repair being made. Other very important factors are region, climate, and temperature. With temperature being at times the most important factor. The following list of epoxies is based on the above criteria’s. Listed below are epoxy manufacturers and the different types they produce that we recommend.

NOTE: Like many things in this world, there is always a “buyer beware” factor to strongly consider. Just because a manufacturer makes claims concerning their product, does not always mean it is exactly as they have stated. The most assured way to solve this is to research the larger historic projects that have been taking place over the last 15 to 30 years. Correlate those projects with this time period and the experts who worked those projects. This will give you the best view of track record.

Suggested Epoxies for Tombstone and Monument Repairs

Akemi Akepox 2030

Manufacturer – Akemi

Product Type – Akepox 2030

Use – Mainly for bonding stone but also a multi bond product as well.

Short Description – A two part knife grade product. One part hardener to two parts resin.

Full product description, field use, application, and MSDS sheet available for this product in our file section.

Akemi has an extensive group of epoxy types for a variety of field uses. It also has a long track record of time, project, and use by longtime professionals.

What we like about this product

“We have been very happy with Akepox 2030 ever since we switched over to it 3 years ago. It has become our mainstay epoxy used in most all of our preservation repair work. We’ve found it to be a very versatile product for repairing simple breaks to reattaching stone monument pieces. It’s easy to mix with a simple 2 to 1 ratio and its set up time allows us good elbow room to adjust a stone in the field.”

CCUS member Mark Morton – Gravestone Guardians of Ohio

Tenax Domo 10 A & B

Manufacturer – Tenax

Product Type – Domo 10 A & B

Use –Stone to stone bonding for all types of stone.

Short Description – A two part knife grade product. One part hardener to one part resin.

Full product description, field use, application, and MSDS sheet available for this product in our file section.

Tenax Rivo 50 A & B

Manufacturer – Tenax

Product Type – Rivo 50 A & B

Use –Stone to stone bonding for all types of stone.

Short Description – A two part knife grade product. One part hardener to one part resin.

Full product description, field use, application, and MSDS sheet available for this product in our file section.

What we like about this product

“Simplicity to work with, 1:1 mix, mixes easily. Very strong, no known failures to date. And handles the extreme temperatures very well. Cost is reasonable at around $60.”

CCUS member Scott Banker – The Cemeteries Of Western New York Project

Tenax Rivo 15 A & B

Manufacturer – Tenax

Product Type – Rivo 15 A & B

Use –Stone to stone bonding for all types of stone.

Short Description – A two part knife grade product. One part hardener to one part resin. Very similar to Rivo 50.

Full product description, field use, application, and MSDS sheet available for this product in our file section.

 

Axon Akabond 621 KG A & B

Manufacturer – Axon

Product Type – Akabond 621 KG A & B

Use – Multi bond product as well as for stone to stone

Short Description – A two part knife grade product. One part hardener to two parts resin.

Full product description, field use, application, and MSDS sheet available for this product in our file section.