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Old 01-28-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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How much POR-15?

Can someone give me a ball park as to how much I'll need to do the frame on my 27' Overlander? That stuff is pretty spendy, I don't want to order a gallon if all I need is a quart and a half. Thanks!

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Old 01-28-2015, 02:14 PM   #2
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According to information from Vintage Trailer Supply, a four ounce can in their starter kit will cover six square feet with two coats. Two coats is recommended, with only an hour or two between coats.
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:06 PM   #3
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Don't forget to buy some gloves, it takes forever to come off.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:30 PM   #4
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I done a frame on 55 Chevy nomad with a qt and had plenty left over it cover good and thin as water
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:17 AM   #5
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I bought one of those high priced gallons of POR 15. I put two coats on my 24' Trade Wind. I brushed it on. The stuff is as thin as water. A little goes a long way. I used less than a half a gallon on mine.

I would think you will need all of two quarts. But you need it on hand while you are doing the job. So I bought extra to make sure I had enough. On a 27, I'd buy three quarts. The trouble is the pricing structure. I'll bet a gallon is cheaper that three quarts.

If I did another frame, I might buy one quart, paint half of that quart on and then stop. Go back and put the second coat on the part that I covered. Then you could better estimate how much more you will need to finish. POR 15 is very strict on how its applied. This method might save money if you don't mind waiting for more POR 15 to finish the job.

POR 15 is magic stuff. I can see how it protects the frame from future rust. But it is a nasty job to brush on while laying on your back under the trailer. Drip, drip, drip.

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Old 01-31-2015, 08:57 AM   #6
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I used 2 quarts on my 28 ambassador and will need to get one more for finish up stuff
when i flipped the frame over i found a few spots i missed not once but twice .It did used all of the 2 quarts to cover twice though. It heled to use plastic wrap between the lid and can when putting it away . It will weld the lid to the can if the opening is messy.
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:08 AM   #7
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I bought a gallon can of POR-15 and some empty quart cans for leftovers. I used 3 quarts on my 22' Safari frame. Just pour small amounts into your paint source tray at a time. Especially if it's a hot day. I dripped a drop of sweat in my tray and had to discard it.

Used some of the 4th quart last week to go over some interior corrosion.

I bought way too much of the degreaser and etcher...quart of each will probably do.
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Right in the middle of doing my 26'.
Looks like two quarts will do it but I'm
only putting 2 coats on areas that will
be exposed, bumper channel, tongue
and wheel well's.
It's easy to miss spots (called "holidays"
and as it's very viscous runs and drips are
a given.
Notes: it's toxic stuff, wear a respirator, paint
suit and gloves.
Shake well as the "good stuff" settles.
Don't leave the can open for long...decant
into pot.
Try to use up a can fully or enough air will
cause the surface to skin over like a rock. Or
decant into a smaller glass jar.
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Wipe any excess out of the paint can rim or you will never get the lid back off also check the web site for a dealer near you a few bucks more but kinda handy to just drive down and pickup what you need we have a dune buggy place that keeps it in stock
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Buy it by the quart, and just punch a hole in the lid to pour into a separate container what you will use. Then, a piece of tape over the hole, and put it in the refrigerator... Lasted a year that way for me.

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Red - don't mistake the POR-15 for salad dressing some dark evening! You should start a thread for folks to list all the weird non food items stored in the fridge, especially an Airstream fridge. Worms and leaches might be in our fridge during fishing opener.

Good tip on sealing up a POR 15 quart can.

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Red - don't mistake the POR-15 for salad dressing some dark evening! You should start a thread for folks to list all the weird non food items stored in the fridge, especially an Airstream fridge. Worms and leaches might be in our fridge during fishing opener.



Good tip on sealing up a POR 15 quart can.



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I did make the mistake of not wearing rubber gloves the first time I used it. Do you know that NOTHING will take that stuff off your skin?

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Del, your yachting experience really shows through. You are so careful and helpful.
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Old 02-01-2015, 10:48 AM   #14
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Thanks to all for your responses. I ended up ordering the 4 qt. special from Por 15.com, that way I can open just what I need, with no worries about running short or having it dry out or glue the can closed . Hopefully, it'll arrive just as I'm ready for it.

News flash: the shell is OFF the frame ! My little sister came over this weekend for the game and to help, while she was getting the last of the rivets and bolts out, I got the rest of my lift stuff in place. A few minor hang-ups, but we had it in the air by about 5:30 last night . Turns out the deck was in much worse shape than I realized, lots of areas that looked okay on the top were rotten on the bottom. It also looks like we were 1 or 2 pot holes away from a major rear end separation . So although I still haven't gotten to the frame yet, I'm really glad I started this project, and that it's moving right along. Later.

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