When handling epoxy resin, several challenges might arise. They could result in the unwanted final finish, thus leading to wastage of resources. To avoid such, follow the tips detailed below for quick and efficient remedy. Some of the queries are:
The surface continues to remain wet in particular spots after the rest of the surface is cured- Follow numbers 3,7 and 8.
The surface appears tacky after a while- see 7,8,9
The epoxy peels off the surface so easily, even after curing process- See number 10.
The epoxy is softer than the usual way, even after curing in the right temperature and time- see 3,7,8 and 11.
Epoxy cures in the preparation bucket before the actual application- see 1a and 2
1a. Never prepare epoxy more than what you need to apply within the pot-life labeled on the product.
1b. don’t apply a product that is getting too hot, or that is starting to “kick.”
- The pot-life of the epoxies decreases with an increase in temperature. The longer the mix stays in the bucket and the higher the amount will significantly lower the pot-life. After preparing the mix, apply immediately.
- It is important to stick to the ratios indicated on the label of the product. However, hardener can be varied depending on the surface or the nature of output the user requires.
- If you are not sure of the procedure, you can give us a call for advice.
- You can lubricate the surface in case you are applying epoxy putties. The surface can be smoothed by wetting the applicator, using a dump sponge or keeping your hands wet.
- Use of protectives is important while handling epoxies. Using gloves prevents the interaction of the product with the hands since epoxy can cause a skin rash.
- Mixing is an essential stage in preparation of the epoxy. A quality mix is achieved through a technique referred to as “Boxing Technique”. Two components are mixed and poured into another container for further mixing.
- While mixing, proper scrapping should be made on the sides and bottom of the container. Failure to do so causes a sticky or soft cure.
- Several epoxies are not applicable under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The viscosity changes with temperature, hence the need to adopt the appropriate working environment.
- Surface preparation is very important before applying the epoxy resin. It should be noted that epoxy does not stick to oily, shiny, or dirty surfaces.
- Epoxies stored for a long period should be mixed separately before combining. This is important to give each sample a sufficient time to form an even matrix.
Epoxy remains attractive and is gaining considerable interest from different players in the market. When handled in the right manner, which involves checking the temperatures, proper storage, and appropriate mixing, it gives a final finish that is appealing to the user. Most of the problems that arise while doing your project using epoxy can be easily handled if you follow the tips highlighted above.