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What do I fill interior space with so metal does not oil can in and out?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by streetfreakmustang, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    OK. Remember those wildy painted/pinstriped "Gas", "Oil" "Water" cans that were displayed next to cars back in the 60's and 70's at indoor shows?

    I found a set of three new 1 gallon steel cans but the metal is kinda thin and the metal moves in and out easily. In a nutshell they oil can quite easily. The can's are going to be metalflaked so the walls need to be rigid.

    Any suggestions on what to use to fill these cans to make them more rigid? A friend who is painting them said he tried some of that spray insulation foam but it would never dry on the interior because it needs air.

    I was thinking of using shipping peanuts mixed with Elmers glue and pouring in 3-4 inches at a time and allowing it to dry kinda like a paer mache.

    Whatever I use it has to be lightweight.
    Any other suggestions?
  2. choppintops
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,460


    They make 2 part foams (try a boat builder shop) that works great.
  3. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,782

    from California

    you are putting way too much thought into this. cram it full of newspaper.
  4. you should check to see if those packing peanuts and glue are compatible..the glue just might melt it

    i would try just packing them full of sawdust
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  5. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    saw dust

    dammit 36-3 windows a fast typer..

    or you could fill em with plaster
  6. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

  7. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
    Posts: 950


    Id use foam in a can that swells up. Spray half the can at a time. But then the cans will be useless. News paper would also work and you can use the can later if you decided to. Plus it would be cheaper.
  8. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    My friend tried that spray foam but the interior of the foam never dried.

    I don't plan on filling the cans with anything-just for show.
  9. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    My friend did feel one with sand but it was way too heavy.
  10. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    Bowling ball plug resin, 2 part stuff. Check your local bowling alley. Fill them 1/3 at a time, we use it to fill waterjackets on blown alky motors.
  11. ardunpinto
    Joined: Dec 12, 2007
    Posts: 173

    from WACO tx

  12. Newbomb Turk
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 615

    Newbomb Turk

    How about that expanding foam crap?
  13. 64krusty
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 240


    Fusor and 3m both make a catalysed foam that will harden and be light
  14. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,094


    Fiberglass resin put a little in and put it on its side your going to just coat the inside it will make it stiff
  15. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,964

    from central NY

    H20, cheap and universally available cleans up well.
  16. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    can you put some flex agent in the paint and not fill the cans at all?..just a no paint guy..but i did play one on Tv last night..and i did stay at a holiday inn..about a month ago:D
  17. I have a bunch of those 1-gallon cans I thought about offering up here on the HAMB for people to do that with. A whole case box of them.

    I would try just using regular Home Depot expanding foam - lay the can on it's side, try and cover the back of that side, and leave with the cap off - do the one furthest from the opening first - as long as it's pretty well covered it should hold it rigid and the cap off should let it cure.
  18. 201
    Joined: Dec 17, 2002
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    Any crematories in your area? Uncle Freddy goes to the car show!
  19. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    jello...the cherry flavored,i hate lime.
  20. choppintops
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,460


    Yea, thats the stuff, but look around, you can find it cheaper. Why not stuff it full of just packing peanuts?
  21. vegas paul
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 172

    vegas paul
    from salina, ks

    Perlite or vermiculite, get it at a nursery. It is like little balls of styrofoam, but organic. It's used for mixing with potting soil to help retain water, very light weight. If you want to try mixing it with some sort of adhesive, test it out first.
  22. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    lead shot or use that foam stuff they sell at home depot that comes in a can.
  23. Paul2748
    Joined: Jan 8, 2003
    Posts: 2,114


    If the sides are as weak as you say, the expanding foam will push OUT the sides. I used this stuff in a window jamb and it pushed out the wood enough that the window would not go down. Had to dig it all out.
  24. Lost_N_Austin
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 123

    from Some Beach

    The paper idea sounds good. Why don't you use shredded paper from the shredding machine after you run your worthless monthly 401K statement through it. It would still be light and you could control the rigidity by how much paper you stuffed in.

  25. LUX BLUE
    Joined: May 23, 2005
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    Alliance Vendor
    from AUSTIN,TX

    why not fill them with Gas, water and Oil?
  26. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,965

    Shifty Shifterton

    Best advice on here. Throw some chopped mat in if you want it extra strong. Stays light too. Pour some in, rotate it around as it solidifies and use tape as a cap so you're not sealing the cap on.

    Follow it up with poly liner and you might even end up with a damn nice spirits container. :)

    BTW if you used expanding foam and the middle cured, it'd almost certainly bulge the container.
  27. MIGHTY
    Joined: Sep 18, 2006
    Posts: 448


    That was tough. Finnally someone is thinking.. Athough Beer and or bourbon sound like a plan as well.
  28. tdoty
    Joined: Jun 21, 2006
    Posts: 821


    If you go with the expanding foam insulation, don't fill the whole can in one shot. Might even want to make a plywood box to make sure the can doesn't push out when the foam cures.

    The fiberglass resin sounds like a great idea. If you could find a way to "tumble" it while the resin cures, you'd end up with a fairly thin shell inside the can.

    Tim D.
  29. oilslinger53
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,500

    from covina CA

    you could use "great stuff". It's some pretty great stuff..

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