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Offline Oregon Bill

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Alternatives to Barge cement?
« on: February 04, 2017, 03:45:33 pm »
I've always used Barge for its great holding properties and the fact it remains flexible. Wondering if there are other alternatives that workd as well. Duco? Shoo goo?

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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 05:43:47 pm »
I have tried some alternatives in the past but have always gone back to Barge. It ain't cheap but it works the best for me. In fact I just picked a quart today from our local Tandy store.
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2017, 09:17:35 am »
Weldwood, I think it may be better than barge.

Only problem is I only find it in small glass bottles with the brush lid or the paint style cans in larger quantities. I buy the barge in quart cans with the brush lid.

I use both.
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2017, 12:32:49 pm »
Found a small leather shop that had tubes of Barge, but ended up buying an 8-ounce can of Master All-purpose Cement, made by the Petronio Shoe Products Corp. Gal said it works great. We shall see.

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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 01:40:00 pm »
If you just buy small quantities at a time I would recommend the weldwood. If I could find it in the quart cans with a brush lid like the barge I would only use the weldwood.
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 10:46:47 am »
A lot of the Holsters i make are lined. I usually use Barge to laminate the two layers together. I have tried Weldwood in the past and had some issues with de-laminating. It could have been my fault due to the way I applied it. Barge seems to be rather forgiving with respect to how you apply it.

I'd sure would like to find an alternative as I pay around $32 per quart for Barge.
https://www.amazon.com/00272-Weldwood-Original-Contact-1-Quart/dp/B00106ETT6
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2017, 01:26:51 pm »
I think barge is more forgiving but the weldwood holds better when right. I've found with weldwood to put it together when it's almost still too wet and pull back apart, then when you stick it the next time it will literally tear the leather trying to get it apart.

I always use the barge on large areas like gluing a lining for that reason, it's just easier and more forgiving. For a structural bond I like the weldwood.
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 01:42:51 pm »
I've always used Barge. That's what we used when I worked in the saddle shop. One of these days I will try Weldwood. I can't imagine it holding better than Barge but I'm ready to find out.

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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2017, 07:17:50 pm »
https://www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=weldwood+glue

I use the gel. Once applied, take the heat gun in hand and in about 20 seconds of heating up the glue the stuff will stick like.....well, glue.

Never used Barge. Don't no why I should change. The only time I have trouble is when I get some crap leather with all the compressed flesh on the back. Ended that problem by ordering my sides from Wickett & Craig.
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2019, 12:04:19 pm »
 Who can recommend to me the best product among those in the list on this site?
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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 12:00:14 am »
As I posted before, I only have experience with Barge. I see that site has Barge listed at the top so they must also agree. Thanks for that link, by the way. It does list some good sounding alternatives to Barge.

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Re: Alternatives to Barge cement?
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2019, 09:42:16 pm »
Weldwood is stronger but I've never had a problem with Barge. I use both.
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