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#1 Crazycanuck

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:22 PM

I am about to place my first order from ACS and I am selecting the epoxy to use for the project. I am going to use MGS, but are there any opinions out there about System 285 vs. System 335? Is System 285 better in some way to justify the higher price?
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#2 Steve Innova

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:47 PM

A good reason to use MGS 285 is that it has a resin: hardener ratio of 2:1 by volume, which makes it very easy to check the accuracy of the epoxy pump.

#3 Jerry Schneider

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 11:44 PM

The pros: The 285 has higher Tg and strength properties. (Which are not significant in our application.) It also wets out glass cloth a bit easier due to it's lower viscosity. (The 335 is still better than most of the other competitors.) On the cons: 285 is MUCH more caustic to the skin and wallet. To me, the 335 is a more practical and possibly mildly safer product (health-wise), to use. The increased cost, IMHO, is not justified by the advantages.
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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:31 AM

I have one other thing you might think about. When I started this project 3 years ago I was planning on using 335 resin I really thought it would be nice to use a resin that soaked in without a heat gun. Well it was not available for almost 3 months. I was anxious to start so I ordered eze poxy it was a bit cheaper. Now I am glad that I did It is much better stuff for building fuel tanks and I like brown airplanes. Just keep in mind some resins are made in this country are sometimes easier to get than resins made in other countries. my .02 Plus buying american stimulates our economy. STeve
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#5 Rick Hall

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 01:13 AM

What Jerry and STeve said. One advantage to a higher Tg might be that you could paint your plane in something other than white? Attached PDF, it's somewhat old, may be an interesting read. Rick

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#6 Jerry Schneider

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 04:56 PM

Here's a nice PDF of an Excel spreadsheet for those who want to use MGS 335 and a digital scale (I know..... BLASPHEMY!!).

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#7 Larry Wiechman

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:23 AM

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#8 Cozy1200

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 04:41 PM

Buy local.


FYI. I tried to buy from them, but with the new laws and taxes, it didn't work out. Had I been a Canadian, they seem like it was more feasible. Definitely give them a call.
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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:08 PM

Had I been a Canadian...

Being a Canardian doesn't count eh?

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#10 Jon Matcho

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 11:38 AM

Here's a nice PDF of an Excel spreadsheet for those who want to use MGS 335 and a digital scale (I know..... BLASPHEMY!!).

 

I've had great success with a digital scale.  I prefer it in fact, and find it much more accurate and have never had to rebuild a pump. 

 

I now have a pump, but have not yet put it to any use... we'll see.


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