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Old 29 May 2006, 12:24   #11
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mine is done now. I can just about push my thumb nail into it but it is hard enough to sand and cut hole in so will go ahead and install it. To be honest, it might be better for cutting holes in if its very slightly soft...will stop it chipping.

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Unfortunately it is a problem with the sort of temperatures we have had. One bit of epoxy we did took 4 days to dry and it still hadn't completely gone off. The answer is a shed or tent and a heater.
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Unfortunately it is a problem with the sort of temperatures we have had. One bit of epoxy we did took 4 days to dry and it still hadn't completely gone off. The answer is a shed or tent and a heater.
Sounds like the correct way to go, when reading International paint instructions it contains a table of drying times, and they change quickly for small temp changes. Of course all my painting and drying was outside undercover of a tarp, increased humidity, colder temps etc.

But the good news now is that it has finally gone off to a point I can't damage surface.(3 to 4 weeks)
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Just to add my two pennies worth to this thread.

I decided to tidy up the transom on my Ocean, so scraped off all the old patchy anti-foul, filled some deep scratches and decided it would look a lot better in White than the original Yellow Gel coat.

After following this thread I took a risk and put International Brightside straight on to the gel coat after rubbing it down, rather than use the undercoat, as that appeared to lengthen the drying time.

The Brightside is like water, and the first coat looked like I'd painted it with low fat skimmed milk, so I knew I was in for a few coats.
After reading the drying times related to temperature on the can I put the first coat on Tuesday morning at about 9.00am, the temp that day reached a max of about 13 deg.

On Wed morning at about 07.30am the first coat was transparent, but quite hard with a lot of pressure required to mark it with a finger nail.
So on went another coat

Through the week I've added another coat each morning at about 07.30am after making sure the surface was moisture free from the night.

The last coat(5th) went on this morning, and having checked it about 6.00pm it was hard to the touch, but quite easily marked with a nail, even after the temp today hitting 26 deg.

Obviously its got warmer each day as the week has progressed, and I've been lucky to have no rain. I noticed that each coat appeared a little softer the next morning than the previous coat had, which is to be expected I suppose because of the build up of layers still 'going off'. But so far it looks good, and I'm expecting it to be hard in a couple of days.


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An update.

Paint was hard enough to not scratch with my nail by Tuesday morning.

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An update.

Paint was hard enough to not scratch with my nail by Tuesday morning.

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Good news....!

Mine has set hard now, the paint that is, but hell, if International paint published there true drying times they'd be out of business, it may be nice to look at , it may be hard now, it may even be smooth, but its not good if your on a tight time scale......! Glad it's all over now. Suppose you are to Nasher....?
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Sure am.

When I look at your experiance and that of Tim I think I got away with it lightly.

Basically mine took a week from the first coat to being hard, or 3 days from the last coat.

I didn't expect to need 5 coats, but then I didn't use the undercoat, which why I believe mine went hard quicker.

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