How to Glue Starboard

J. Johnson

Starboard is a popular building material for ships and other marine uses because of its durability. It's also specially designed not to get damaged by water. However, the same materials that keep Starboard from letting water from damaging it are also the materials that make it hard to glue. While it may be possible to use a welding rod in certain circumstances, there are other times when glue will be the only option. When this is the case, you'll need the right kind of glue and the right technique.

Step 1

Buy 3M’s Scotch-Weld DP-8005 or Lord Corporation’s 7540-AB glue from a home improvement store. These are the only types of glue that have been shown to work well with Starboard.

Step 2

Mix the glue as directed on the package until the mixture is a consistent color. Insert the glue into the dispensing gun that came with the glue.

Step 3

Apply a thin layer of glue evenly over the area of the Starboard that you want to glue. Spread it out with a putty knife until the entire area is covered.

Step 4

Use a spring clamp to secure the two surfaces together. Secure it tight, but not so tight that the glue pushes out sideways.

Step 5

Keep the clamp on for six hours until the glue has had a chance to dry. Then wait another 24 hours before putting any force on the two surfaces.