UV Resin and Washer Bottles!

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I got some UV resin and UV flashlight. These were for experiments so I opted for the cheaper ones. The resin was from China and took a month. This stuff is clear and consistency of thin syrup. The catalyst is the certain UV wavelength and while the flashlight provides this so does the sun. When doing this I would add some and then walk out of the garage into the sun. Drips would stop and the stuff would heat up and harden. It takes about 5 seconds of light to change from liquid to solid and 10 sec to get hard.

Its used alot in crafts and while interesting I had in mind trying to salvage a 69 washer bottle I had. I first tested it as a glue on 2 black plastic parts but if the light does not penetrate it wont cure. It needs light so you cant drop it into a hole and hope it will harden. However the washer bottle will let light thru so I wanted to give it a try. This bottles was especially crappy as it was hit with acid and lost a big piece of it neck and turns black. It had 2 holes in the lower corners and had stress cracks almost everywhere. As I poked around the cracks I knocked more off. Dumb ass.

It was too delicate to clean right away so I added a few drops around the holes and 5 sec later it was solid. I added a few more drops and spread it out with my finger. That turned solid too. Let me explain that while it was solid it was still sticky on top. I found out its a problem with using some cheap resin and relates to curing too fast. Anyway, its fine but tacky/sticky on top but NOT soft at all. Just the surface. After solidify around the whole I added a pieces of clear saran wrap around the hole. It stuck to the stickiness. I dropped some in from top and moved it to the plastic wrap and hit it with light from the outside. Solid and completely filled the hole. It had ripples because the plastic was thin and as it cured the heat distorted the plastic. I found out later the packing tape worked better. The plastic wrap peeled right off. I did this to all the holes and the damaged neck. I'm not done the neck but I added some window screen to form a better mouth then tape could do. I also made replacement mounting tabs. Strong enough to hold the bottle by.

After doing the outside it was very sturdy and handles just fine. Nit brittle. I then put some resin inside and moved it around and back in the sun. This penetrated the hazy bottle and it solidified in 15 min. At 2 min it stopped moving around the bottle. Of course the big question is will it hold alcohol washer fluid. Now that the inside is done I will test this. I think it will but if not I may just buy some fuel tank liquid liner and add it to the inside. I think the resin was $15 (200g) and light was $5. Also i have to address how it looks. Its butt ugly - franken bottle. Because its clear you can see all the ugliness. And its tacky. After sanding I think some creamy paint will fix both. I'm not after white -
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More pics. I know its ugly and wont be an option for many of you but I think I can clean it nicely. But it will be obvious its had work. Like Courtney Cox
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As a follow up I got a new resin that doesn't cure sticky and finished up the frankenbottle, painted it and got a new used lid. Also since the previous post I cured a small piece of resin and put it in a bottle of 30% alcohol to simulate washer fluid. I can say the resin did not dissolve and there were some pretty thin flashing like pieces that I expected might disappear. Nope. So I would call it a success so far. It hasnt seen cold temps. The cured resin is harder than the original plastic so sanding was a little difficult.

Out of respect for vendors trying to make a superior product by far I'm not really going to promote this other than to say I'm trying it on my own personal bottle and this test bottle I'm willing to let go thru PM.
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That is my piece of cured resin that I immersed in washer fluid for weeks to test stability in alcohol. I made that by dropping some resin in some clear plastic and hitting it with the light. It had little thin edges I didn't think would last but it did. I also added a little permeant marker and then recoated it with resin. My logic was if things were dissolving I would see some change in the marker. I didn't.
 

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This is the same style I have in my 69 fury, do you have one for sale or does anyone have A nice one for sale? Let me know , I’ve heard someone is going to reproduce this but don’t think it’s available yet
 

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I sold this repaired one. Search the forum for specifics but these are hard to find intact and if you do they are big $ Yes, someone was going to make them but a bunch of delays later still nothing. I'll fix one for you if u have a decent "core".
 

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I sold this repaired one. Search the forum for specifics but these are hard to find intact and if you do they are big $ Yes, someone was going to make them but a bunch of delays later still nothing. I'll fix one for you if u have a decent "core".
I haven’t heard for some time about the 69 washer bottle or the shifter mounting brackets, z-bar and associated pedal ‘kit’ that were supposedly going to be offered.
 
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