There are many factors that play into mixing and applying resin, thus this information is our recommendations for use. Firstly, please understand that larger batches (AKA: “pots”, or mixes) will cure faster and smaller batches will cure slower. If your batch is curing too quickly you may need to apply the product faster or mix a smaller batch. Secondly, be very aware of the temperature around you while you apply the product. Heat affects the speed at which a batch cures. Heat accelerates the curing time and cold will slow the curing time.
1. The Epoxy is mixed at a 1:1 ratio by volume. That means, you will need to mix approximately 1 part botte A, to 1 part of bottle B. (example: 3 ounces of part A to 3 ounces part B to make a total of 6 ounces of resin) We recommend you mix at least 2-4 ounces at a time. If the batch is smaller than 2 ounces you may experience improper curing.
2. We recommend a round container to mix your resin in. (round containers usually allow for better mixing)
3. When mixing, always pour the resin (part A) into the hardener (part B). Hand stir the components for a minimum of 3-5 minutes. Make sure to scrape the edges and bottom of the round mixing container as your mixing with your stir stick to ensure proper mixing. Stir slowly to avoid making bubbles in the resin. It is critical that the 2 components are properly mixed.
4. Pour mixed components into a second round mixing container and repeat the process of stirring for another 3 to 5 minutes.
5. Let the mixed resin stand in the mixing container for another 3-5 minutes. This is important as it allows the bubbles to rise to the surface. Also a torch can be used to alleviate bubbles at this time.
6. When pouring your resin onto your application, try and pour as close to your piece as possible. Pour in a linear line so that resin flows from the front of your piece, to the back. These techniques help to avoid entrapment of bubbles.
Please Note: Cure times will vary depending on the amount mixed, and the temperature. Again, heat accelerates the curing process and cold will slow the curing process. Large batches will cure very quickly where as small batches will generally take longer.
Full cure is typically 16-30 hours depending on conditions. Any sanding or polishing of the resin should be done only once the resin has fully cured.