View Full Version : 3M 5200 Cure time?

05-19-2014, 01:49 PM
I'm going to try and get my extra ballast system installed this weekend and have 3M 5200 marine adhesive for my thru hull. Does it really need a week to cure/dry? My plan was to put the thru hull in on Monday so it has a week to dry but if it can take less time that would be ideal. However it will suck to need to wait a week to test out the results. What are your experiences? I post a blow by blow of the ballast install for other 2012 owners that like me have no other good options.

05-19-2014, 01:54 PM
regular 5200 Everybit of 4-5 days. can you not get the 3M fast dry 5200 it cures in 24hrs..

05-19-2014, 01:56 PM
+1 on the 24 hour cure, you will need all 5 days depending on temp and humidity for the long cure stuff...

05-19-2014, 04:13 PM
Lowes has fast cure 5200. Actually on sale until July something at least at our store
Bought 3 cartridges just last week.

They also have the slow cure stuff

05-19-2014, 04:33 PM
once you open the 5200/4200 are you guys storing it in the fridge to keep it from curing? you would think that the cold temp would keep it from curing?? once you open this stuff you only have a few days untill it turns to a complete solid tube with 90% of the product going to waste.. i used some 4200 fast cure this weekend and then stored it in the fridge, I want to see if that keeps it from curing..

05-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Every 10 degree of temperature usually drop cuts a reaction time in half. So if something takes 1 day to cure, drop the temp 10 degrees and you are looking at 2 days to cure. Same goes with heating it up. Do something at 60 degrees and it will go fast, 70 degrees and it will usually take about half the time. Your mileage may vary but this is the estimate we use in the chemical field and serves as a good estimate.