Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-02-2012, 08:22   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
unbusted67's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Islesboro, ME
Boat: Looking for a new boat
Posts: 2,196
Images: 24
A cheaper alternative to West Systems ?

I am just wondering if there is a cheaper alternative to West Systems epoxy that is readily available to a consumer? I am not really interested in Polyester resins, just epoxy. Thanks
__________________

__________________
unbusted67 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 11:34   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,654
Images: 5
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

There are other suppliers out there. Try Systems Three for one. West probably has the best support system though.
__________________

__________________
Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 11:36   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 5,775
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

System three, MAS, Evercoat, epiglass
__________________
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 11:46   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bellingham WA
Boat: 17' faering Ironblood, building 34' schooner Javelin
Posts: 305
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

There is an epoxy supplier in New Hampshire whose product comes highly recommended and is about half the price of West system. The supplier name is on another part of this computer. My stuff is in Washington State and I am right now in S Carolina so it is not readily to hand. I will find the name and post it here.
__________________
MichaelC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 11:52   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bellingham WA
Boat: 17' faering Ironblood, building 34' schooner Javelin
Posts: 305
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

Progressive Epoxies in New Hampshire. 1.5 gallon kit for 89 dollars. In Bellingham West is 95 for the one gallon can plus the 45 dollars for the hardener. Progressive ships to your door.
__________________
MichaelC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 12:24   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2008
Boat: Custom cutter, 42'
Posts: 378
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

I've bought a bunch of epoxy from Progressive Epoxy Polymers. As noted above, they're much cheaper than West, etc. Good company to deal with, and a wide range of products.
__________________
Pauls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 13:42   #7
Registered User
 
Celestialsailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In Mexico, working on the boat
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35. and 14ft.Whitehall pulling skiff.
Posts: 8,013
Images: 5
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

I used Systems Three once to cover a teak sole. It never fully cured. I was trying to save a buck as usual. Now I have been through gallons of West Systems over the years and never a problem.
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"

http://wwwjolielle.blogspot.com/
Celestialsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 14:21   #8
Resin Head
 
minaret's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Seattle WA
Boat: Nauticat
Posts: 7,199
Images: 52
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

Having used most epoxies on the market today, all I can say is you get what you pay for. The cost of labor and other materials is so high that trying to save a few bucks in the resin department is generally a bad idea. I only use WEST and Proset.
__________________
minaret is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 14:25   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

west is amazing, especially since i barely know what i'm doing with it and it still works great.
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 14:34   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Holland, France
Boat: 33ft sloop
Posts: 1,091
Images: 5
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

West is OK, so is SP, you may use also industrial epoxies, the point is that I don' t know all those fancy brandnames. In Holland I buy straight from the mfr although for small quantities I use West. Nothing wrong with West. SP is for the bigger projects.
__________________
MacG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 18:48   #11
Registered User
 
Cormorant's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Catskill Mountains when not cruising
Boat: 31' homebuilt Michalak-designed Cormorant "Sea Fever"
Posts: 2,073
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

U.S. Composites in Florida sells a very good marine epoxy. Their spec sheet reads just as good as West's.

Epoxy :*Epoxy Resins and Hardeners

Price example: 3 gallon kit (2 gal. resin 1 gal. hardener) for $134. Shipping by UPS will get you though, unless you live nearby.

At least West can be bought off the shelf at most big chandleries.
__________________
Cormorant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 18:53   #12
CF Adviser
 
Bash's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: sausalito
Boat: 14 meter sloop
Posts: 7,260
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

The three major areas where I'm not tempted to go with the cheapest product:
1. cordage, especially halyards upon which I may be hoisted;
2. pumps, especially bilge pumps;
3. adhesives holding my boat together, especially epoxy.
__________________
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
Bash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 19:03   #13
Registered User
 
Celestialsailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In Mexico, working on the boat
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35. and 14ft.Whitehall pulling skiff.
Posts: 8,013
Images: 5
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

...you can add sails to that list
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"

http://wwwjolielle.blogspot.com/
Celestialsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 19:08   #14
Senior Cruiser
 
unbusted67's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Islesboro, ME
Boat: Looking for a new boat
Posts: 2,196
Images: 24
Re: A cheaper alternative to West Systems?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bash View Post
The three major areas where I'm not tempted to go with the cheapest product:
1. cordage, especially halyards upon which I may be hoisted;
2. pumps, especially bilge pumps;
3. adhesives holding my boat together, especially epoxy.
Agreed and noted.
__________________
unbusted67 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2012, 20:58   #15
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2007
Boat: Endeavour 42CC
Posts: 1,182
Progressive epoxy, or epoxyproducts.com is a very good product. I will say they are BETTER than west systems epoxy, all west epoxies are amine epoxies and require extra effort to prep to remove the amines before proceeding further. None of progressives have amines. I've had great results with several epoxies from progressive.

No connections to progressive except happy customer
__________________

__________________
gettinthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Series Drogues & Heaving To Dpoissant Seamanship & Boat Handling 123 11-11-2014 09:29
Small Craft Sailing to Dry Tortugas in December DoiNomazi General Sailing Forum 70 07-10-2012 13:39
A cheaper alternative to West Systems ? unbusted67 Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 20 17-02-2012 05:38
NMEA Signal Lost When Using USB to RS232 Converter rotorman Marine Electronics 10 15-02-2012 14:26



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:03.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.