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ViciousEdge
« on: October 18, 2007 09:11:39 AM »

If you're using epoxy resin to *coat* a piece and it does not fully cure, can you recoat it with no problems if the second coat cures?

I absolutely cannot figure out why my pieces aren't curing. I measure everything exactly, and I stir and mix exactly like it says. Sometimes they cure, sometimes they don't. I haven't had problems with it until recently. Since my first soft coating attempt I have spent $120.00 on resin supplies. Yeah.

None of them are curing properly. Well, I won't say none. I'll say 1/4 of everything I do turns out nice.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2007 12:37:45 PM »

I don't know anything about resin but why don't you just try it on a small unimportant piece?

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2007 08:45:51 PM »

Yes. To make it foolproof, use resin spray. It's a tad more expensive per volume than regular ol' resin, but you can't mess it up.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2007 10:19:51 PM »

Thank you so much for that tip! I'll be getting some tomorrow. Awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2007 10:54:45 PM »

Old resin won't cure. If the store had it sitting around a long time that could be the problem. Humidity doesn't help either.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2007 06:19:57 PM »

Well..here is a major tip. Resin is very sensitive, especially to climate and humidity. So if your measurements are exact and still not curing then there is one thing you can still try. If you warm each component before you mix them, your resin will not only cure but you will rarely find bubbles! Good luck.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2007 01:23:43 PM »

If you warm each component before you mix them, your resin will not only cure but you will rarely find bubbles! Good luck.

I love this tip!  Can't wait to try it Smiley

Warm them, as in put the on the register?  Or do you have another method?
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2007 03:49:26 PM »

You can put each part in a cup and put the cups in a bowl of warm/hot water. If register = stovetop, then you don't want to do that. Cups may melt, and if the two parts are too hot, after you mix them, the thing you are making may crack because the reaction would proceed too quickly.
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007 06:32:01 AM »

I bet you could warm it on a heating pad, or on one of those candle-warmer things. I'll try the heating pad. It could sit there a while when I'm getting everything else together for the project. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2007 01:19:42 PM »

I'm gonna try sitting the cups of resin and hardner on my mantle, and let the heat from the fireplace warm them up Smiley  That should do it.

Can't wait to try this!
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