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Epoxy sources?

I need to buy a couple of gallons of epoxy for repair work on my boat. I've used West epoxy before, but the blush is kind of a pain. MAS makes so called no blush epoxies. There are a number of ebay vendors selling various brands of epoxy. I of course need to conserve boat bucks. Anybody happy with any particular vendors?
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for the boat, stick with name brand that you know..West can be expensive, but it is reliable and works. Some of the other "stuff" out there looks sorry on a car and has other problems than amine blush, let alone on a boat under primer, paint etc. This is one place I would spend money to get the best stuff for your application...

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Here's a good place to start:
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Resorcinol Is Better Than Epoxy!
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You're hallucinating... resorcinol might be better for WOOD, but not for fiberglass laminate.
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I haven't tried their products, YET. But they have an epoxy for every application. Only problem is trying to surf their site. Web designers they are not...

Progressive Epoxy Polymer - one line product summary page (marine)
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I like System Three and MAS. They are both no/low blush, which is key.

I usually just get mine from Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. They have some good value packages (if you need cab-o-sil and wood flour with it) and ship quickly:

Marine Epoxy & Fiberglass Cloth for Boatbuilding and Boat Repair -- MAS and System 3 Epoxies

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Or ff you're thinking about getting it from ebay go for a relatively known brand, and as always check the sellers feedback and look around some to see if you can get it cheaper than from elsewhere.
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I have used both WEST and MAS. Both offer good products and excellent customer support. (I have also used System 3 for projects and it is okay, but it is not my first choices.) I personally prefer MAS as do many of my friends who are professional boat builders, in my case mostly because of the reduced alergen and blush levels.

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The Progressive Epoxy Polymers stuff that XORT linked to is great and NO BLUSH! The guy is really, really knowledgeable and good to deal with. He's located in Northern NH and has excellent prices. I bought some garage floor epoxy from him but when my West System supply is gone I'll be ordering from him for marine needs too.
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