Anyone ordering from McMaster?

Hi folks,
Further to my post about wrinkle finish paint, I just couldn't resist
a cool piece of art deco American history. I've been wanting a good
tape dispenser for a while:
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I reckon it needs a fresh coat of green wrinkle paint. McMaster is the
only place I can find it. Are any of you folks in the US going to
order from McMaster soon? If so perhaps I could get a couple of cans
of wrinkle paint added to your order, then get you to mail them on
USPS to England? I'll pay in advance (PayPal is great) and slip you a
few bucks for your trouble, or owe you a favour, as you wish.
Let me know if you can help.
Best wishes,
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
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Further to my post about wrinkle finish paint, I just couldn't resist
You know, that crinkle finish on the dispenser may be the texture of the cast iron, not of the paint. In fact, I would say that is the most probable situation. Wait till you get the dispenser before ordering the paint.
Bob
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Bob Engelhardt
They will have to go UPS or some other carrier as the post office will not accept aerosol cans.
I also noticed that they have wrinkle finish powder coat available, and if your wife is not looking, the paint dispensers could fit in the home oven.
Reply to
Roger Shoaf
i order from mcmaster a lot. My next order will be maybe in a week or two. let me know if I can help.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus9104
It is not really what you asked, but McMaster ships internationally.
Reply to
JohnB
Thanks a lot for the offer, Igor. Unfortunately it seems that Roger is right, and USPS won't carry aerosols.
Oh well. I've e-mailed McMaster to see what it would cost to ship them direct to England. I'm guessing it will be prohibitive for a small order. Last time I got something small sent UPS from the US (something like a 1.5 lb package) it cost me something like $50+. Ouch.
Does anyone know of international carriers who are considerably cheaper than UPS for small items?
Best wishes,
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
I think that you are screwed, USPS does not take liquids and common carriers probably charge too much -- but if I can help let me know.
i8
Reply to
Ignoramus5858
I think you're right, but somehow I'm going to get green wrinkle paint. I'll let you know if you can help. Thanks for the offer.
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
Of course you have another option, mail the tape dispenser to the States, and then mail it back after painting, or get the green powder coat wrinkle and do it yourself.
You will probably have enough left over to paint lots of stuff besides the tape dispensers.
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Roger Shoaf
So I get a £400 air fare, a few nights in a hotel, a lot of food and a delivery of spray paint. I spray the dispenser in my hotel room, pack up and go home about £1000 lighter. If I was super rich with lots of free time, sure, I'd do it and enjoy it. But as it is I think I'd be better paying to get some paint UPSed from the States, if I really can't find any in England.
But paint is always useful!
Best wishes,
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
I can't remember how to do it but I saw a guy make standard paint wrinkle to look exactly like wrinkle paint. Im thinking that he put lacquer over the enamel while it was still tacky.
John
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John
On Sun, 18 Mar 2007 22:29:20 -0500, with neither quill nor qualm, John quickly quoth:
That'll do it, alright.
-- Losing faith in humanity, one person at a time.
Reply to
Larry Jaques
I've done it, not intentionally, by spraying a fast drying top coat over slow drying red primer without giving the primer enough time to cure.
Ned Simmons
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Ned Simmons
Did that change recently? I was able to ship a small can of paint a while back by USPS, but that was domestic and pre-2001. I got instructions on what to do from the local USPS office.
Mike
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Mike Henry
Here's a USPS poster of what's legal:
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Most stuff on it can't go internationally, probably because it's got to go by air.
If UPS or FedEx takes it it's going to cost like hell, HazMat charges are sky-high. Might have the same prohibition against going by air.
Stan
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stans4
I just got the following e-mail from McMaster:
"Thank you for sending us this inquiry. Due to the ever-increasing complexity of U.S. Export regulations, McMaster-Carr has decided to only accept orders from a few, long-established customers of ours overseas. We are not able to provide a quote nor can we accept your orders. We regret any inconvenience this causes you."
If Amazon.com and millions of eBay sellers can do it, I don't get why McMaster can't. Especially since their website implies that they do accept international orders.
I used to like McMaster a lot. Now I don't like them so much.
I'll look around and see what it would cost to UPS them to England. I suspect Stan is right and it will cost too much.
If aerosols aren't permitted in USPS surface mail, I don't see why. If I spent half an hour looking at their list of prohibitions I'm sure I could think of something pretty dangerous to ship which was actually permissible.
Best wishes,
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
Don't take it out on McMaster -- they're a good outfit that takes care of their customers.
Export rules on ORM-D and Haz goods have become an administrative nightmare. We ship (explosives) regularly to GB, and it takes roughly five hours of clerical time per lot to get the paperwork, import/export agents, and FedEx documentation cleaned up.
I expect that because of the US Homeland Security Act rulings, every item of hard goods now invites close scrutiny. McMaster caters to the small-order crowd, and it's probably just not worth their time to do the chits on anything less than a few hundred dollars' worth of shipment.
LLoyd (BTW... AFAIK, CO2-propelled aerosols were last designated ORM-D, and not HazMat... dunno about butane and nitrous oxide propellants.)
Reply to
Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
I do not sell to any foreign buyers due to administrative hassles (having to go to post office, fill out paperwork etc).
i
Reply to
Ignoramus22126
Lloyd and Igor, you've got a valid point. But I don't like the way that their website suggests they're happy to ship internationally. It should make the situation clear.
Chris
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Christopher Tidy

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