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Old 11-12-2014, 04:09   #1
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New Frig Box Paint

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Galley rebuild is just about finished. The guy that built the refrigerator box used gelcoat for the insides. It's stinky when the lid is opened although not operational yet. We knew this would be a problem. We're looking for a suitable coating to spray on the inside before hooking it up. I've done a lot of reading and it seems any lead free two part urethane or epoxy paint will suffice. I've also located some epoxy paint used for water tank interiors. We're in the Philippines so brand names are not easy to find.

Would really appreciate suggestions.

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Old 11-12-2014, 04:56   #2
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Re: New Frig Box Paint

I would not paint over new gel coat! The smell will dissipate once it is aired out sufficiently enough. You could wipe all the surfaces down with rubbing alcohol once a day for a week., this should help evaporate the surface chemicals being released by the gel coat. Gel coat is a better surface for this application, not paint. Leave the lids open too and maybe use a fan to help with the evaporation process. By the way, the two part paints will also be stinky for several weeks!

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baking soda powder should remove the styrene vapour fairly quickly,wash with engine degreaser as well that will remove wax particles.
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+1 on not over-coating. Place a fan so as to aid evaporating the solvents. Takes time to dissipate.
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Re: New Frig Box Paint

I assume the Gel is not tacky? Otherwise he used the wrong stuff!
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Re: New Frig Box Paint

Thanks for the replies. Big help. The gelcoat is perfect just stinks a lot but we'll deal with it.

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Re: New Frig Box Paint

One of my favourite products is called "Gunk" I use it to degrease and clean. It rinses off with water and works great!
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