Instruction Manuals

Gougeon Brothers, Inc. offers a range of detailed epoxy instruction manuals that can help you get started with WEST SYSTEM Epoxy products. All of our print publications are available below as free downloads. You’ll find print versions of most of these manuals at your local WEST SYSTEM dealer, popular online book retailers, or by contacting us.

Epoxy Instruction Manuals - WEST SYSTEM Epoxy User Manual & Product Guide
WEST SYSTEM Epoxy User Manual & Product Guide (available in 18 languages) 

Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance Epoxy Instruction Manual
Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance Manual (pdf)

Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair Epoxy Instruction Manual
Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair  Manual (pdf)

Vacuum Bagging Techniques Manual(pdf)

Final Fairing & Finishing Manual (pdf)

Gelcoat Blisters: Diagnosis, Repair & Prevention Manual (pdf)

Other Uses: Suggestions for Household Repair Manual (pdf)

Epoxy Instruction Manuals

Our epoxy instruction manuals explain nearly anything you need to know about using WEST SYSTEM epoxy, whether you’re repairing a fiberglass boat, restoring a wooden boat, dealing with a case of gelcoat blisters, fairing and preparing a surface for its final finish, doing repairs around the house, trying out vacuum bagging as a clamping method, or doing repairs and projects around the house.  We frequently update our epoxy instruction manuals to be sure they provide the latest products, proven techniques, and safety information. You’ll find these publications filled with clear explanations and excellent illustrations covering many common boat repair and home repair concerns. 

These epoxy instruction manuals allow us to go beyond providing our customers with a strong line of epoxy products by sharing detailed information for obtaining the best results with our marine-grade epoxies. Over the decades we’ve kept our manuals up-to-date as to reflect new product formulations, advanced epoxy testing, and the latest in best practices for epoxy use.

Clear instructions, excellent illustrations, and product selection guides round out these epoxy instruction manuals. Whether your project involves fiberglass or wood, gelcoat blisters, fairing, teak decks, or installing hardware, Gougeon’s reliable publications offer you solutions.

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Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance instruction manual

Recently we revised our most popular instruction manual, Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance, bringing it up to date and expanding it to 146 pages. It contains the very latest fiberglass repair techniques and features complete sections devoted to repairing cracks, holes, damaged skins, cores, keels, and rudders, installing hardware, installing teak veneer decks, gelcoat blister repair and prevention, and final fairing and finishing.

The last section details standard epoxy use and safety procedures. It is followed by appendices on tools, cold temperature bonding and a thorough glossary. Since its initial publication in 1988, this fully illustrated book has helped thousands repair and restore their fiberglass boats.

You’ll find the fully illustrated and updated Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance manual easy to use and understand. This softcover manual is available through your local WEST SYSTEM Epoxy dealer or by ordering directly from us at 866-937-8797.

Download Fiberglass Boat Repair & Maintenance for free.

Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair

Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair is an indispensable guide for anyone involved in—or even considering—renovating a wooden boat. It explains how to do professional-grade repairs that can dramatically extend the boat’s life, and discusses techniques for repairing classic and more recently built wooden boats. It also covers wooden boat evaluation; dry rot damage; frame repairs; hull repairs for carvel-planked, lapstrake, plywood and cold-molded hulls; teak decks; hardware installation and ventilation.

Easily followed instructions are enhanced by detailed drawings, making Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair an essential guide for wooden boat enthusiasts. This 80-page softcover manual is available through your local WEST SYSTEM Epoxy dealer or by ordering directly from us at 866-937-8797.

Download Wooden Boat Restoration & Repair for free.

User Manual & Product Guide

The marine epoxy revolution began with Gougeon Brothers in 1969. It was further fueled by the first WEST SYSTEM Technical Manual, first published in 1973. This popular handbook was the catalyst for the success of WEST SYSTEM epoxy. This was the manual that allowed us to go beyond providing customers with a strong line of epoxy products and give them the information they needed for optimum results with these marine-grade adhesives. Today, it’s called the WEST SYSTEM User Manual & Product Guide.

Using WEST SYSTEM Products most effectively is the focus of our User Manual & Product Guide. Over the decades it has evolved into a 41-page, full-color publication. It thoroughly covers the basics of epoxy chemistry, all WEST SYSTEM products, epoxy handling, and basic epoxy techniques. It also features a handy Problem Solver that addresses common concerns with curing, bonding, sanding, coating, exotherm, and storage.

Clear instructions, color photographs, and product selection guides round out this indispensable 40-page manual. It’s available in print, free through your local WEST SYSTEM Epoxy dealer or you can download the WEST SYSTEM User Manual & Product Guide for freeIt’s also available in 18 different languages.