Gelcoat storage life

Discussion in 'Materials' started by mrdebian, May 1, 2021 at 3:22 PM.

  1. mrdebian
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    mrdebian Junior Member

    Hi all,

    Let's say I got in ideal temperatures (16-25oC -- 61oF-77oF) for storing gelcoat in 5kg boxes.
    After how long it will still be safe to use it?
    If let's say is 6 months and I will use it after 1 year, what will be the symptoms on the boat that will use it (small craft, kayak)?

    Thanks in advance
  2. ondarvr
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    ondarvr Senior Member

    Most gel coat has an official shelf life of 3 months, very few, a bit longer. The longer it sits the better chance of it not working correctly.

    Why would you want to store for extended periods of time?
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