User friendly epoxy that doesn't attract bugs
Reviewed Aug 2016
Don't you hate it - just finished an epoxy job, and the bugs come for a taste. Pretty soon your beautiful work is covered in dying insects. Doesn't happen with Bote-Cote, but that's not why I choose it. The main reasons are the comparatively low toxicity, a sensible mixing ratio, and (this is a biggie) the fact that it doesn't 'blush'.
Amine blush is that waxy surface some epoxies get when exposed to humidity or cold. It means you can't risk epoxying late in the day, or if it might rain or get cold overnight etc etc. Amine blush has to be scrubbed off before proceeding, so it's a royal pain.
A mixing ratio of 2:1 is hard to get wrong, unlike some brands where you need to remember whether it's 4:1 or 5:1, then measure finicky amounts of hardener.
All epoxies can make users allergic, or cause reactions in sensitive people. The causal ingredients are well known, so Bote-Cote minimises their use of these. A lot of people, myself included, find Bote-Cote is the only epoxy they can use without adverse reactions.
Apart from the above, and the fact it works really well, dealing with the folks at Boatcraft Pacific is always easy. Unlike many in the marine industry, these people know what they are talking about. They are used to dealing with amateurs, so they are good at explaining (even stuff they must have had to explain hundreds of times). I also like that in my experience - going back over 15 years - they are not patronising to women. It is in their interest to ensure that all of their customers are happy, and understand how to use their products. They get it.