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Body filler rejuvenation

Calaber

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I need some advice from the panelbeater, painters or scientists on this forum.

I have a large tin of good quality plastic filler which is barely used but is going dry in the can, even with the lid sealed firmly. Does anybody know what can be added to the filler to restore its correct texture for mixing ie soften and restore the moisture level prior to adding the hardener?
 

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The resin even if stored under ideal conditions will deteriorate after about 6 months. It is false economy to try and use it.
 

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Thanks mate. I used it today to fill some timber cracks and it was fine but very stiff to mix and spread. Might as well chuck it and get a new can when I need it.
 

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If it's headed for the bin you could try a hint of mineral turps mixed into the filler and see if it saves it (for non critical jobs).
 

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Mix it up with a few drabs of paint thinner usually gets old bog to spread better. If you're only using it for a few jobs it's worth a try if you're going nuts with it it's gonna be a pain in the arse and you might just wanna get some new stuff haha.
 

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They all have a shelf life....
Just buy smaller quantities when required.
 

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If it's only timber your fixing, get timbermate, good stuff, and if it goes dry add a bit of warm water to bring it back to life.

Sorry I can't help reviving your current tin
 

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You could try some acetone but like mentioned it's probably not economical to revive it. Sounds like it must be pretty old anyway. I have used bog that was 7-8 years old in a tin that was half full and it was still ok. Only issue was once you added the hardener it went off really quick so you got about 2-3 mins, if that to apply it before it went to jelly.
 
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