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Advice on waterproofing Altoids Flyboxes

I have a huge pile of these Altoids boxes, all the foam I will need, and serious cabin fever. I’ve been holding off until now trying to answer one question - is there a decent way to make these somewhat waterproof? I was wondering if anyone had some ideas on this. The idea is just to protect the metal from corrosion a bit. These are going to be somewhat disposable fly boxes of course, but there is no reason why I can’t do them a little nicer.

Is there something than can be sprayed or painted on the metal, especially on the inside that would dry to a hard finish and form a bit of a water seal?

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The best way to waterproof an altoid box is to throw it out, pony up, and buy a real fly box!
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Are you talking about preserving just the box itself from rust? Or as in keeping the contents of the box dry? I think the latter might be difficult due to the way the tins close and lock. You would need a gasket of some sort, but that would affect how well the box can close, I believe there's a lip on the box that the lid needs to cross in order to lock closed.

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Since this has to be done on the cheap, something like POR-15 is off the list. That leaves the YouTube favorite of Plasti Dip. Perhaps spray the box while closed and then trace around the joint between the bottom and the lid?
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The hinges are rubbish. No way around waterproofing those!

You could put it in a ziplock sandwich bag, but then you might as well just dump all your flies in the bag, and jettison the tin, like I do!
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Are you talking about preserving just the box itself from rust? Or as in keeping the contents of the box dry? I think the latter might be difficult due to the way the tins close and lock. You would need a gasket of some sort, but that would affect how well the box can close, I believe there's a lip on the box that the lid needs to cross in order to lock closed.
Just to help keep the metal from rusting too fast. They are of course NOT intended to ever to have waterproof interiors, that is why I asked about waterproofing the metal. Quoting from my actual post: “The idea is just to protect the metal from corrosion a bit.“

Waterproofing the metal, and NOT about flyboxes.

FWIW I have a dozen or so old Wheatley boxes and a couple of bins of others, all mostly filled to the gills. These are just to pocket a few flies for the day, or nicer ways to give a few functional flies to friends.

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Since this has to be done on the cheap, something like POR-15 is off the list. That leaves the YouTube favorite of Plasti Dip. Perhaps spray the box while closed and then trace around the joint between the bottom and the lid?
Yeah, nothing fancy, obviously. Actually I have a can of black plastidip around here somewhere, and possibly this would work on the outside for variety. I will have to see if the sticky stuff on the back of the foam will still stick to it if I use it on the inside.

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These are just to pocket a few flies for the day, or nicer ways to give a few functional flies to friends.
Frankly, I can't remember the last time one of my fly boxes hit the water. I don't mean to be rude or an a$$hole, but maybe you're over-thinking this and making too much work for yourself. Put some flies "for the day" in a tin, tin in pocket, and get busy hunting. When tin becomes unusable, into recycle, and grab one of your other boxes from the 'huge pile'.

Just a thought (but then, thinking usually just gets me in deep $hit!)
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Spray lacquer from a hardware store should do it…

Or..for the more advanced 'creme-de-la-creme' treatment, find some jewellers lacquer such as Pro-Craft Lacquer No.45.650 (not available in stores..) dilute 50/50 with lacquer thinners (acetone), dismantle box and carefully dip box parts in said concoction in well ventilated room; the resulting finish will be very thin, hard and protective.

The only downside, it will probably dissolve the printing on the tin.

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Frankly, I can't remember the last time one of my fly boxes hit the water. I don't mean to be rude or an a$$hole, but maybe you're over-thinking this and making too much work for yourself. Put some flies "for the day" in a tin, tin in pocket, and get busy hunting. When tin becomes unusable, into recycle, and grab one of your other boxes from the 'huge pile'.

Just a thought (but then, thinking usually just gets me in deep $hit!)
This is what I have been doing for the last 5 or so years. I still have the same box I put together back then for practice flies, yarn and leaders. In a weird way it is due to the fact I have so many now that I’m looking to see if I can turn them into something a little nicer. But I may be becoming the equivalent of that guy from college that kept all his old beer bottles and displayed them.
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The hinges are rubbish. No way around waterproofing those!

You could put it in a ziplock sandwich bag, but then you might as well just dump all your flies in the bag, and jettison the tin, like I do!
You were the first person I thought of Bob

I was going to say the same thing but decided to read through replies so you wouldn't see what I said and think, "What a knob, why didn't he bother to read replies"

No disrespect to our original poster meant but it's what I thought too. I don't do the Bob Bag, I use a very small Umpqua plastic box. They are kinda translucent with 5 compartments about 3" long X 1" wide. A 3 X 5 box essentially, they are not water proof but small and easy in a jacket pocket.

Zip Loc Bag....
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Don't laugh, zip lock bags work reel well for tube flies.
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I'm jealous of you Bob. I've fallen in 3 times already this spring!
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I'm jealous of you Bob. I've fallen in 3 times already this spring!
If you're wading the D, it's no a wonder. Tha's a tough piece of water to wade. Big donnakers to step over, into what...a hole? I can't relax on that river - always on me toes!

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