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Can I get some good epoxy from Lowe's?

I am not in a coastal town and we dont have a WM or anything like it. I am in the need for some epoxy to fill holes and rebed the hardware on my Southcoast 22 project boat. Would Lowe's have the correct epoxy I am looking for? If so does anyone know the specifics?

I have never purchased epoxy like this before, just the surenge type. What other things should I pick up to help me with my epoxying?

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Assuming that you're takling about filling holes like old screw holes, I'd use Marine Tex. May be avaialabe in local hardware stores but otherwise order from WM or Baoters World, etc. The shipping charges for hazardous materials will apply but you will be better off using a marine quality product. Regarding the bedding of hardware, do not use epoxy for that. There are many sealants available made for these applications (above or below the waterline) which can be removed at a later time - some more easily than others. 3-M and Boatliffe are two mfgrs that make several such products. Match the product application to what you're doing
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Check some local woodworking shops. Some of them carry West Systems. Or go to West Systems website and request the free info packet, it has a list of retailers around the country.

They also have a dealer lookup on the website.


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As far as your question about Lowes selling epoxy, they don't. The sell either bondo or elmers branded polyester resin. Please don't try to use this stuff. Polyester resin has a shelf life and most of the time it has passed it wile setting in the store.


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Home Depot sells LocTite Epoxy and so does Lowes.
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...ucts&Ntt=epoxy

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Cam, thank you for that link. The PO of my boat coated the deck with that epoxy floor coating, but all he could get was grey. They have tan on there, so thats going to be my next project.


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Polyester resin has a shelf life and most of the time it has passed it wile setting in the store.
Doh! I did not know that, but that explains why a couple of my projects turned to crap when it wouldn't kick. Is it the resin that expires, or is it the hardener?

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The resin goes bad. We had an issue with a gallon can bought from Lowes of Elmers branded stuff last week. The can was bought about 2 weeks ago and opened about a week after buying. All the resin inside had gelled. Ill stick with epoxy.


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I believe Woodworker's Warehouse sells West or MAS epoxies. (if they're still in business, I know ours closed )

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If I can find Loctite epoxy at Lowes would that do for my application?

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