Here’s what our customers say about our products and us:
I have used Steve Smith's products for over 30 years on many types of boats, doing wood, FRP (Fiberglass-Reinforced Polyester resin) and steel restoration. Projects included complete transom replacements and keel repairs on wood cruisers, to an inside-out replacement of a failed rotted wood transom and stringers on an offshore race boat. My current project is the restoration of our 53' Hatteras Motor Yacht, having just sealed the inside of the engine room hull with CPES and his faring compound (Fill-It Epoxy Filler), followed by an Ameron Epoxy top coat, and am now working on the bottom. In every case over the years Steve has been very helpful giving his time and advice freely, he is a wealth of knowledge, the bottom line is his products WORK, especially if you follow the instructions. I have NEVER had a failure with any of his products; the 1:1 mix ratios are easy to use and very forgiving. As way of a disclaimer my comments are unsolicited, I have no connection with his company, just a satisfied customer. Mike
I have 49' German Frers wood yawl with a varnished hull. I have had your CPES under a large number of coats of Epifanes [varnish] on it since 1991. It has lasted very well …MORE Christian Carleton, San Diego, CA
“About 85% of our work is historic preservation…the 2-part epoxy comes in handy when saving original parts. Try it. The price is right.” Mark Ihm, IHM Builders, Platteville, WI
(What I like about Smith & Co. is) “…dealing with people who actually know their product…they are as advertised—which is exceptional these days.” D. M.
“I have used it (CPES) on (boat) bottoms as well as almost everything else. It does two things very well. Firstly it soaks into the wood gluing the grain together and taking up space that water can not. Secondly, because it is ‘part of the wood’ now it is the perfect ‘primer’ or paint base.” R. W.
“For one season I used CPES simply as a primer on some areas of my boat’s hull where paint wouldn’t stick, (mostly due to oil-soaked wood). The stuff worked great. I’m restoring the boat now with a new bottom, and let me tell you, it was tough getting the paint off where I had primed with CPES.” R. V.
(What we like about Smith & Co. products is that) “They work--no glue failures: Better guitar finish adhesion; secure fingerboard glue joint.” M.T.D.
“I don’t have to worry about Cocobolo [a kind of wood] guitars coming apart.” (Another guitar-maker)
“Try Smith’s CPES: Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer. It is great stuff and the ultimate product for sealing wood. Apply 3 coats of CPES. You just keep brushing the stuff on until the wood won’t take any more. Before the third coat is completely cured (1/2 cure time roughly) put on your first coat of varnish. That way the varnish is glued down and will not lift.” J.B.
“I’ve been in the ‘Period House’ restoration business for more than 25 years, and to save old windows and doors and other period house architectural items, I learned real early that just because there was some rot, I did not have to throw out a window sash or architectural trim, if I use Smith’s Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer (CPES) and Fill-It Epoxy Filler.
“I had a couple of shaft logs (wood around where the propeller shafts go from inside to outside the boat) with electrolysis damage, a 1964 36-foot cruiser with twin 283s (cubic inch engines). What this means is that the fibers were there but there was nothing holding them together. Well, not that bad, but not that good, either, so…I got to thinking and reading, and came up with a plan. If I could dry out those shaft logs, they would soak up CPES like a sponge. The flexible nature of CPES would be a close approximation of the Lignin (the natural glue in wood that holds the fibers together) that was damaged by the electrolysis. Great theory, but how to test...Well, I had an old hunk of rotting wood that was crumbling to bits before me. I soaked it, and looked at the result. It was much better than I expected, and the test material was much worse than the shaft logs...I decided to go forward…I soaked it but good…the next day…I saturated it a second time. Now, due to work, I was out of town for a week, so when I came back it was done. WOW! Solid wood, that was not “crispy” like W*** Systems stuff. I was able to run screws in it, and there was no cracking. The end result was, I spent two weeks and saved $10,000.” C. C.
“(I’ve handled challenging situations with) …rot on wooden boats. (You should ) try it.” Malcolm M. Crosby, Crosby Yacht Yard
“I have used the (CPES) on my boat, the “Vixen,” built in 1904, houseboat, and house—the dry rot bugs hate me for it. My next project is my decaying molar, but Mr. Smith has reservations.” H. O.
“We love all your products. The Clear Penetrating Epoxy sealer has helped us to repair instead of replace our decking. I tell everyone I talk to about your products…” Sandra Kash
“Thanks …especially to S. Smith and Co. for the fine products that I purchased from them that came thru just as he said they would, CPES, Fill-It .” T. P.
“Effective, reasonably priced, good customer service, timely delivery. Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer (is) great for sealing old wood for museum displays. (The products) work. Have ordered on 2 different occasions. It goes a long way + lasts in storage. Have recommended it to associates, because of product quality + effectiveness.” T. A. (Museum staff)
“Given the very detailed explanation of the products, its chemical properties, ingredients and the instructions for use, I’m left w/no doubt that I have purchased a quality product. Plus, you have demystified deteriorated wood and its repair for us with your very thorough description of how this system works.
“(The Smith & Co. products) work! Restoring a 63 foot Alaskan Trawler, they saved me about two years and great expense. (I’d tell you to) use them—they are fantastic.” Dave McGreenery
“(CPES) does just what it promises! A great product. Highly recommended. Also the Fill-It is a fantastic filler. I saved all the windows in my home with it.” Mae, at The Lumber Baron, Albany, CA
“I would recommend your product (CPES) to anyone involved in repairing or maintaining anything made of wood.” Andrew Maggard
“I believe your penetrating epoxy is the best sealer I’ve ever used.”
"What I like about Smith & Company products is their ease of use and their longevity. They last a long time. That fifty-fifty mix is worth its weight in gold.
Your products are the best and my first choice. Meaning if I need something and you have a product in that line, I take yours without even looking at what other companies offer because your products are top notch and have a value to price ratio as good as others. Winston Lambert, Loss Altos Hills, CA
These are the wins these people have had with our products. Do you have a story you'd like to share? We'd like to talk with you, please email us.