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Old 16-12-2008, 04:48   #1
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Storage of Antifouling paint

I need about 12L of antifouling paint (Trilux 33). It is cheaper (per L) to buy 3X5L containers rather than 2X5L and 2X1L. It also gives some reserve if the calculations on paint usage are incorrect.
Will an resealed tin of antifouling keep for 12 to 18 months?
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In my experience, yes; but I have not used the paint you have mentioned.
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In my experience, yes; but I have not used the paint you have mentioned.
Thanks for the advice. I realize not many people will have stored Trilux 33 since it is reasonably new and only really used on aluminium boats, but hopefully the stored lifespan will be similar for most antifouling paints as I imagine they use a similar base even if they have different acttive ingredients.
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From the International website for Trilux 33:
Typical Shelf Life = 24 months

For the full shelf life of Trilux 33 to be realised, ensure that between use, the container is firmly closed, and the temperature is between 5C/40F and 35C/95F. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Trilux 33
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:00   #5
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From the International website for Trilux 33:
Typical Shelf Life = 24 months

For the full shelf life of Trilux 33 to be realised, ensure that between use, the container is firmly closed, and the temperature is between 5C/40F and 35C/95F. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Trilux 33
Thanks Gord. Just what I was looking for. I tried a Google search before posting, but missed that one. My internet connection on the boat at present is very slow which makes research difficult.
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If you take a small propane torch (do NOT light it) and fill the can with propane and seal the lid good it will keep a long long time. I have seen paint 8 years old used this way. The propane displaces the oxygen and the paint has no reason to cure.....:-)
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If you take a small propane torch (do NOT light it) and fill the can with propane and seal the lid good it will keep a long long time. I have seen paint 8 years old used this way. The propane displaces the oxygen and the paint has no reason to cure.....:-)

I don't know about the safety of this on a boat. And definitely don't leave it in the sun.
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I don't know about the safety of this on a boat. And definitely don't leave it in the sun.
I apologize in advance for the thread drift but why keep it out of the sun. I also apologize if this is a really dumb question
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Sunlight can cause amazing heating/cooling cycles, rather akin to one method of developing cheese curds.
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hahahaha...thread drift? From storing paint to making cheese?.....


OK OK store paint in a cool dark place. (wouldn't have it any other way)
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Make sure you clean the lid trough well and when you close the lid put a piece of cellophane over the top before closing the lid. That helps ensure you can easily open the top next time. You should do that to all paints and coatings.
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Before closing with cellophane, between the can and lid, take a deep breath, and exhale into the can.
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