Let's Get Started: Mixing & Pouring
Step 1: Prepare 2 parts Base Resin (Part A) and 1 part Curing Agent (Part B) by liquid volume (100 A to 44 B by weight). Pour the Curing Agent first and then the Base Resin into a clean, smooth-sided container large enough to hold all of the liquid, allowing room for mixing without spillage. Using graduated mixing containers help to ensure properly measured amounts of Part A and B. Any variance in this mix ratio may result in curing issues.
Step 2: The material must be mixed thoroughly for at least 5 full minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides, corners and bottom of container as you mix. Be careful not to whip excessive air into the mixture. If mixing a gallon, use a power mixer set to "hand speed". For smaller quantities, use stir sticks. Do not mix more than 3 gallons at one time. If you need to mix several batches, be sure to use a clean, dry container for each batch. Using the same container may lead to curing issues.
Step 3: Pour the mixed resin into the mold or frame of your project. DO NOT scrape out the last of the resin onto your project as unmixed epoxy on the sides or bottom of the container could contaminate your project, leading to curing issues. We recommend pouring no more than 2" per application for small projects. Multiple thinner pours of 1-1.5" may be necessary when pouring large quantities or projects.
Step 4: To remove air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the poured resin, use a heat gun or torch in a sweeping motion across the surface, holding the heat source approximately 6-10" away from the surface until no bubbles remain. Avoid heating any one spot for too long so as to prevent any distortions in the finish.
Step 5: Curing times can vary greatly by project, depending on mass and temperature. Gel time ranges between 18-24 hours, and cure time may range between 36-72 hours. Full cure and maximum hardness can require up to 7 days. Do not use or place any items on your project during this time.
Step 6 (optional): If you are going to make a second pour, the first pour should be firm but tacky to the touch (roughly 48 hours). If you wait until the surface is well cured, a light sanding is suggested before the re-coat to ensure proper adhesion. We suggest scuffing the surface with 320-grit. Once sanded, clean the surface thoroughly with Isopropyl Alcohol 99% to remove any dust and debris.
Work Environment: The ideal working temperature is 65-75°F in a clean, dry, dust-free environment. Avoid working in high humidity. If you are pouring in large volumes of 2 or more gallons, we suggest keeping room temperature closer to 65°F. We highly recommend keeping fans on your project to help dissipate heat.
Coverage: You can use the coverage calculator on our website to determine the volume of mixed resin that you will need before you begin your project. Please remember, this is not an exact science as each project is different. As the product fills the cracks and crevices in the mold, the level may drop. Be prepared to add more epoxy as needed. The calculator does not take into account embedded objects. It is always best to have more than enough material on hand to ensure completion of your project. Coverage Calculator: https://incrediblesolutionsonline.com/deep-pour-calculator/
Seal Coat: A thin seal coat may be necessary when working with a porous surface or object. Some surfaces may contain both air and moisture that can contaminate the finish. We suggest applying a thin coat of our Crystal Clear Table Top Epoxy as a seal coat. Other water-based clear coats may also be used. To ensure proper adhesion, we suggest scuffing the surface of the epoxy or clear coat with 320-grit once cured. Do NOT use over an oil-based paint or stain.
Materials: Be prepared with all necessary materials and tools before beginning your project. These items might include (but are not limited to) two-part resin kit (Part A and B), graduated mixing containers, clean stir sticks or power mixer, gloves, torch or heat gun, drop cloth, casting molds, etc.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE
Pourable Plastic is a casting resin/deep pour epoxy that can be poured up to 2" thick in small quantities. Larger pours (2 or more gallons) may be poured in layers of 1.5" or less. When pouring more than 5 gallons at one time, layers of 1" or less may be necessary to prevent excessive heat generation. We highly recommend using fans on your project to help combat overheating.
This product should not be used for coating applications or thin pours less than 1/2".
Room temperature should be between 65-75°F when mixing, pouring, and curing. When pouring in masses over 2 gallons, we suggest staying at the lower end of that temperature range.
Because this is such a thin material, it is critical that your frame or mold is watertight. Frames should be built out of material that can easily dissipate heat.
This product is very slow curing, which allows for thicker pours. Cure times vary by project as it largely depends on mass and temperature. Gel time can range from 18-24 hours, and cure time from 36-72 hours.
We do not recommend pouring over bark, as bark can hold excessive air and moisture.
This product should not be poured directly over an oil-based paint or stain, as oil and epoxy do not mix. There should be be a definitive barrier between the two products. We suggest applying a water-based clear coat over the oil-based product before applying the epoxy.
This product is not intended for permanent outdoor use or direct UV exposure. It does contain UV inhibitors to help resist yellowing, but all epoxy products will eventually begin to yellow. This includes the base resin, curing agent, as well as the finished cured products.
This product may be used to embed or encapsulate items for viewing and display. Porous items will need a seal coat to prevent bubbles from occurring. We suggest applying a thin coat of our Crystal Clear Table Top Epoxy as a seal coat.
If you wish to embed paper decals, bottle caps or other objects under a table top surface, those objects need to be bonded to the surface with a craft glue or thin coat of our table top epoxy. Paper products must be sealed prior to applying the resin as the resin could soak in and ruin the paper product. We recommend using Mod Podge or similar to seal over the paper products.
When mixing the Curing Agent and Base Resin, any cloudiness should clear up. If the product appears cloudy or is not crystal clear, contact our customer support team before applying to your project. If crystallization occurs, we suggest warming the resin up by placing the tightly sealed bottle in a warm water bath until the crystallization dissolves. Be sure to allow the resin to acclimate to room temperature (ideally 75°F) before mixing and pouring.
This product can be mixed with pigment powders and liquid resin dyes to achieve your desired color. Do not mix any oil or water-based products with the resin as it could lead to undesirable results. When in doubt, test a sample batch for compatibility and to ensure you can achieve your desired color without issues.
Clean Up & Disposal
Tools can be cleaned with T-12, Isopropyl Alcohol 99% or a residue-free cleaner. Do not use soap and water.
Dispose of product and container according to Federal, State and local regulations. Store any remaining product in the original bottles, tightly sealed and locked up in a cool, dry environment.
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