A lot of people minimize the importance of the measuring, weighing and mixing of parts A and B of the CHILL EPOXY™ systems. The epoxy resin mixing is the most important step in the processing in order to get the best possible results. So before you use the CHILL EPOXY™ products for the first time, we recommend that you learn the 5 most important steps to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Mixing Epoxy Resin STEP #1: WORKING TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENT:
The CHILL EPOXY™ products are thermosetting products so it reacts to temperature. Low temperature below 72°F will slow down the curing time.
Warmer temperature higher than 72°F will make the CHILL EPOXY™ products react faster.
STEP #2: MIXING RATIO IN WEIGHT/VOLUME:
Make sure you use the appropriate mixing ratio in volume or weight. Do not reverse ratio in weight and volume. The density of resin and hardener may often differ. Remember, when you see a ratio of 2A/1B
or 1A/1B, it is always in volume. When you see 100A/42B for instance, it is in weight.
STEP #3: USING THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR MIXING:
For small quantities, a metal spatula is the appropriate tool to use. For large quantities, a jiffy mixer is the best tool to use.
STEP #4: USE CLEAN CONTAINERS
Remember to use clean tools and containers as well. Dirty tools and containers may bring up contamination of the resin.
The sides of the mixing tool must be straight so that the material adhering to the sides and bottom is also mixed thoroughly. Make sure to scrape sides and bottom of containers on a regular basis in order to get the best homogeneous mix possible.
Do not underestimate the importance of using the appropriate tools and containers. You can get these tools and containers directly from CHILL EPOXY™.
STEP #5: USE ONLY THE CHILL DROPS PIGMENTS TO COLOR YOUR RESIN
When pigmenting your CHILL EPOXY™ resin, it is therefore imperative to use only both the CHILL DROPS PIGMENTS transparent or opaque . These 100% solid premium reactive pigments (no VOC) have been formulated based on the CHILL EPOXY™ formulations and are totally compatible with them. Avoid universal pigments or any alcohol base colors.
In conclusion, mixing epoxy is quite easy…Hummm not so fast! Measuring, weighing and mixing are technical aspects that you need to take very seriously. Most failures come from on or all these 3 steps. Remember…It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.