Epoxy?

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  1. SnipeHunter

    SnipeHunter Well-Known Member

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    I've heard people say that marine varnish works but I've never tried it. I did the deck of my rookie ship with polyurethane, epoxy is much much better, you can do it with polyurethane but I wouldn't recommend it. Some people thin the epoxy a little with acetone so that it brushes on easier, I personally dont like that approach but it is another way to do it.
     
  2. Tugboat

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    I used marine varnish on the deck and framework of Vanguard. For cost' sake, I'll do it again on the 1/96 Bismarck as well. Brian Koehler's Vanguard (also varnished) has been sunk probably twice/weekend for 4 years now and it's still okay.
     
  3. Anachronus

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    Is that available at "regular" stores or does one need to go to a boat shop?
     
  4. BoomerBoy17

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    home depot have a ton of different paints, and varnishes, im sure i can find it.
     
  5. BoomerBoy17

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    I think this might work well for varnish / polyurethane
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100183426&N=10000003+90010
    And this for wood(BC sanded or oak/birch hardwood for 1/4" and hardboard for 1/8") take a look for me:
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Plywood&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    or lowes:wood:
    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&Ne=4294967294&category=Hardwood+Plywood+%28Finished+%2F+Cabinet+Grade%29&N=0+4294958106&sortOp=bestMatch
     
  6. SnipeHunter

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    How long do you want this boat to last? / How often do you want to rebuild it?
     
  7. BoomerBoy17

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    at least a few years/ 2 years minimum.
     
  8. SnipeHunter

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    Not sure about the polyurethane, the link gave me an error. The 1/4" will be ok for a subdeck I suspect. The hardboard will "work" but if you get it wet it will fall apart and that is rather bad, also not sure how well it will stand up to bb fire. I would stay away from it for boat building, I don't care how cheap or readily available it is.
     
  9. BoomerBoy17

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    ok, sorry about the polyurethane, but it is normal, semi-gloss polyurethane. I understand about the harsboard. might just be making the box for traveling, subdeck and windows in the near future.
     
  10. mike5334

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    All of my ships are waterproofed with marine varnish and they are holding up well. The key is to put enough coats of varnish on until the varnish stops soaking into the wood. It takes a couple days to do it, but it works ... and it's low cost! :)
     
  11. BoomerBoy17

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    Thanks mike, and what brand do you use?
     
  12. BoomerBoy17

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    Does anyone know where to find epoxy in CT? or a way to find it? I really need it and id like to pick it up, and not have to order it.
     
  13. Tugboat

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    If you're in CT, you're within driving distance of someone that sells West System or Maas System epoxy :)

    If you just want 'whatever epoxy', Hobby Lobby has some decent stuff, and below that, Lowes or the Home Despot.
     
  14. BoomerBoy17

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    Ok, do you know the site to find a store for it?
     
  15. BoomerBoy17

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    never mind, i found it. But, i want to know if this will work for my purposes.

    http://gougeonbrothers.com/Six10/
     
  16. rarena

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    Wow that's some cool stuff. I might have to order some when I start my next project.
     
  17. BoomerBoy17

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    but that'll work, right? It's about $20, plus about $4 for extra tips. Yea, very cool.
     
  18. GregMcFadden

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    let us know. that stuff looks slick.
     
  19. rarena

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    You are the tester... Good luck [:p]
     
  20. BoomerBoy17

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    oh goodness, well, when i get some i tell you guys how it comes out.