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Old 16-11-2013, 13:18   #1
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Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

For years, we have cruised with cans of West resin and hardener aboard Flutterby. But we are tired of the metal cans, which always rust in a marine environment. We even considered switching brands, but while other brands are available on the internet, they are not as easy to find in chandleries.

Has anyone had luck repackaging gallons or quarts of West epoxy into long-lasting plastic containers? If so, what did you use?

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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

Our West system comes in plastic containers.

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I duct-tape the cans. The hardener is the worst as it is a corrosive substance.
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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

i put the cans in a ziplock baggie so they do not contact air .... so far, so good.....
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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

My boat engineer suggested that we paint the cans with leftover galvanizing paint...
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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

Coat the outside of the cans with epoxy?
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Old 17-11-2013, 05:31   #7
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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

1 Gallon Utility Jugs - Natural S-10746 - Uline

I run into this problem from time to time, divvying out pony drums of hardener.

If your cans start leaking all over the place...
The heaviest duty, plastic jug that you can buy at home stores and grocery stores is actually a plastic gallon bottle of vinegar. If you wash it, rinse it, and air dry it a few times until it quits smelling like vinegar you've got an industrial grade polyethylene bottle without the industrial grade bottle price, that you can walk into the store and buy today.

Don't underestimate what a gasketed locking 5 gallon pail will do. Place the jugs of epoxy in the pail, lock the lid. Good for transport, and they rust slower too.

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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

Buy one of the many other brands of epoxy that come in plastic jugs and are 1/2 the price as West and perform exactly the same?
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Re: Alternatives to rusty epoxy cans?

I'd get in touch with West. I also know that they sell their products in plastic containers (which fit the pumps). Maybe with a bit of prodding they will ditch the rusty cans in the US.
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