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Old 07-10-2016, 07:07   #1
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Finding Styrene Solvent


I work irregularly with gelcoat, and have the best success when the last layer of gelcoat includes a bit of the product known as "airdry", that limits the oxygen available to soften the mix or mess with the bonding between the new molecules, by introducing wax to float to the surface. I understand that the product is primarily a good, hard wax dissolved in styrene monomer.

My problem is that I stock up on the airdry, maybe get to use it once, and when I come back it is a bottle of hard, dry wax. I am having no luck finding a supply of styrene to replace what has escaped and dried the wax out. I am in New Brunswick, Canada, and have made many calls for the stuff. Its volatility makes it something that small carriers do not wish to transport. Airdry is itself very hard to locate.

Where can I get styrene monomer? What other industries is it related to?
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