If you are looking at our mixing instructions page you likely are a customer of ours. Thank you.
Before we start with how to use and mix our epoxy resin. Let's start with how to prepare your work area and protect yourself.
1. Wear pesonal protective gear.
Yes, we recommend wearing gloves, respirator masks, glasses (goggles), and clothing to cover your skin. To cover all the bases, protect yourself and your property.
Always wear gloves when working with epoxy. It is the best way from protecting your skin from possible irritation. Latex or nitrile gloves will work.
If you do get epoxy resin on your skin, wash your hands with soap and water immediately. If you find the epoxy is still sticky on your skin, you can use an exfoliating hand cleanser to remove it.
Do not try to cleanse your hands with any harsh substances like bleach, alcohol, or acetone. These are too rough for your skin, and they will not react well with the epoxy resin.
2. Always work in a well-ventilated area.
You might notice a slight odor when working with the product. This odor is simply the odor from the product, not toxic fumes. If you are sensitive to the smell, wearing an air respirator can help.
3. Avoid contact with your eyes by wearing glasses or goggles.
If the epoxy resin comes in contact with your eyes, do not rub your eyes and flush with water for 15 minutes repeatedly.
Seek medical attention immediately!
Now that we have our safety equiptment, let's discuss how to prepare the work area.
Q: How should I prep my work area when using epoxy resin?
A: Please treat this product like water. It will seep through cracks and tiny holes.
If your surface is porous, please seal it before pouring or submerging the object into the resin. As the epoxy slowly seeps into the pours, air bubbles may release and wreck your project later. Easy way to seal it is by pouring a smaller batch and coating the outer surface area that is porous and allow it to dry tacky to touch before pouring your thicker pour.
Use 3mil plastic on the work surfaces and floors you don't want epoxy resin on. Where ever you decide to pour, make sure the surface is level and waterproof.
TOOLS: We commonly use Tyvek tape to seal flat surfaces and 3in1 silicone caulk to seal along the edges and corners. 3mil plastic tarp is handy too. Cured epoxy resin can commonly be pulled right off the plastic to be ready at a later time.
Q: What is the Ideal Temperature for epoxy resin and the room?
A: First try to get the room temperature and epoxy resin kit between 68° - 72°F. If you can get the epoxy resin and room temperture to 70°F and maintain that room temperature during the pour and curing process you will have a great experience.
Cooler temperatures cause the product to cure slower, while warmer epoxy resin tends to cure faster. Starting the room temp and product temp above our recommendations can create too much heat during mixing and curing. This additional heat can create cracks later in the cure if not properly attended to.
TOOLS: A $15-$50 infared thermometer is a helpful tool.
Q: How should I Measure the epoxy resin?
A: We recommend measuring our 1:1 mix ratio (By Volume) (Example 1 cup to 1 cup).
If using less than 50 grams of material, the measurements need to be by weight instead of volume. We recommend 100 parts of resin to 85 parts hardener. Accuracy is important when smaller.
TOOLS: Clear plastic cups, containers (anything with measurements on them) are super helpful. After use, if you allow them to dry, you can likely remove the cured epoxy resin from the cup or container to use again.
Q: How long should I Mix the epoxy resin?
A: When mixing, be sure to scrape all sides and bottom of the mixing container. Improperly mixed epoxy will be the cause of uncured projects. Mix by hand for at least 3-5 minutes or until it is fully mixed. The more vigorous you mix the more bubbles you will introduce to the mix. Slow mixing is best.
Beware when using a power drill to mix epoxy resin. This can create a lot more friction (chemical reaction) if over mixed and it will introduce more air bubbles to the mix. We still need to scrape the edges and bottom too.
TOOLS: A simple timer or watch that you set when you start mixing is very helpful and can prevent over mixing.
Q: How do I prevent Bubbles or get rid of them?
A: If you allow the mixture to stand in your mixed container for an additional 2-3 minutes after mixing, it tends to allow more bubbles to rise to the surface.
We can then use a small torch or heat tool to release any pesky trapped bubbles within the epoxy resin pour during the working time (20-45 minutes).
The heat will instantly dissipate the bubbes. Please keep the heat source at least 6"-12" away from the surface. Do not overheat the mix. It will have an adverse effect.
TOOLS: We commonly use the brand Bernzomatic for this. The $50 kit at your local hardware store is very simple to use, and easy to turn on/off.
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