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Does anyone have the contact information for the firm that is manufacturing the old Dow Corning Urethane Bond?  (Rich Margiotta)

    Originally Dow Corning sold their Urethane Bond through a local hardware store called Ernst Hardware in our area here in the northwest. Then it became sold from an outfit called Easypoxy Industrial Adhesives located in Limestone N.Y.  Easypoxy's email address was easypoxy@juno.com and their phone/fax was (716) 925-7703. I have bought Ubond from them several times but am now unable to contact them. The Ubond product is truly a great one and is the best I've ever used for gluing on ferrules, reel seats, cork checks and cork grip assemblies (don't use for gluing individual cork rings to each other). I'd love to get some more if someone can find a supplier, if so, please advise. I'm down to my last tube.  (Ray Gould)

      After doing a Google search for Dow Chemical Urethane Bond, I come up with an adhesive used for setting windshields in cars. I have a question though - what color was the Urethane Bond you were using? The windshield urethane bond is black.  (Darryl Hayashida)

        I found the same thing and am not sure it's the same stuff.  The original was clear in color.  (Rich Margiotta)

          Having cleaned windshield urethane off my hands more than once, I can vouch for the fact that it is most definitely not the same product.  (Larry Blan)

        The original Urethane also known as Ubond by Easypoxy was clear in color and had the excellent property of expanding as it dried thus filling voids.  (Ray Gould)

    I spoke with the manufacturer a few years ago and they told me they were discontinuing the product.  It was not stable, would harden up in the tube, sometimes would not last more than one use etc.  They told me they were not going to replace it with anything else.  I am also down to my last tube and the stuff was great.  I bought it after hearing about it in Ray Gould's book.  (Mark Babiy)

      I realize that this is probably a quite useless piece of information to all you in North America, but Urethane Bond is sold widely here in Australia by a company called Selleys.  It is sold in quite small tubes, probably due to its habit of going off quickly, but they are pretty cheap.

      Useful stuff.  I used it to attach ferrules before I changed over to Accraglas, and still use it around the workshop for  various things.  (Peter McKean)

        I wonder if Gorilla Glue, which is a polyurethane glue for wood workers, would suffice?    I've used it for wood before, liked it for furniture, but not for the work I do in my day job (rebuilding harps), for it will creep under sustained loads.  Ought to do fine for intermittent loads like a fishing rod.  It reacts with moisture to cure, will expand as it cures.

        The only problems I've seen with it, other than the creep, is that getting it off one's hands is well-nigh impossible, and if too much is used it will foam out of the joint as it cures.  The hand problem is dealt with by wearing rubber examination gloves when using it, and the foam by masking adjacent areas so that when it quits foaming the masking tape is removed along with the excess glue. (Howard Bryan)

    Tom Kirkman, who runs the excellent rodbuilders board and publishes Rodmaker magazine (I think he's the publisher) says the phone number for the firm that is making/selling urethane bond is:  716-372-7211

    This is different from the last number I had for Easypoxy.  Tom doesn't know the firm's name.  I'm heading out of town but will try them when I get back.  If someone else decides to contact them, please post the results.  (Rich Margiotta)

      Although a big fan of Dow Corning’s Urethane Bond adhesive I'm now testing a new product I just purchased made by Elmer’s. It's called "Ultimate Glue" and is a one part polyurethane which expands as it dries. So far it looks good.  (Ray Gould)

        I just picked up a tube of this this afternoon at the local hardware store. I glued up a couple of 2-strip quads this morning with ProBond and was running low so I stopped at the hardware store for some more this afternoon. This is ProBond in a new tube.  This is the second time they have changed the packaging in the last couple of years.

        It may very well work for ferrules.  I've been using it to glue up rods and grips for several years with no failures to date.  I have continued to use epoxy for reel seats and ferrules (since I used up the tube of Ubond I had) primarily because I know that I can remove components glued on with epoxy. However, I have considered making a rod using only PU.  I use Minwax spar urethane for a finish, and glue up the blank and grip with ProBond polyurethane already.

        Please keep us posted on how it works for ferrules.  I've been concerned that the way it foams up in larger voids could cause problems in the spaces on the flats under a ferrule.  (Robert Kope)

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