West hardeners are far too fast IMO, even their "slow" hardeners kick very quickly for example.
Interesting. usually I hear the opposite, that West takes forever to kick and cure.
I only use West for a few reasons. It works, it offers good coverage, the shelf life is decent, the batch consistency is great, and ALL of the chandleries and most of the lumber yards in my area stock it- so if I run out of anything, i can restock 7 days a week. This is important to me, because I don't know about you, but I never run out of hardenerat the end of a project, always in the middle.
And why is it that it's always hardener that comes up short?
Before I started using West, I ran the numbers on MAS, System 3, the loud mouth, EAST and West. When you compare coverage from a MIXED gallon, West is ahead of the pack, but the margin is slim. I'm buying it in gallons, and in volume the cost for most epoxies becomes pretty similar.
Oh, and those "overpriced' pumps are a whopping $15, and they have likely saved me $30 worth of wasted material, cleaning supplies, mixing cups and cursing and swearing.