CHOOSING THE IDEAL RESIN FOR YOUR PROJECT

Ice Epoxy is one of the easiest resins to use. The best way to choose the right product this is to analyze different aspects of how you will process and work the epoxy resin in its liquid and cured state. According to the product’s technical specifications, you will have options to choose from. Each one shows different properties, according to where and how you will apply them. The different epoxy resins differ totally in terms of duration during curing. Not to mention perhaps the most important detail which is the maximum layer thickness you can form with each resin.

ICE CAST vs ICE THIN

Let’s explain the differences between our 2 popular products Ice Cast and Ice Thin.

Layer thickness

ICE CAST will allow to cast thicker layers, as this resin does not heat up as much during curing. Moreover, air bubbles can be removed very easily with a blowtorch burner or a suitable heat gun.

On the other hand, ICE THIN, should not be poured with a thickness greater than 1 in (2.5 cm). This is due to its rapid increase in temperature with respect to the thickness of the poured layer. You should be aware that a too high temperature increase in your mixture has consequences (mass effect). In addition, if it’s to thick, air bubbles are difficult to rise and escape due to the highly viscous consistency which arrives quickly during the cure.

As a general rule, ALWAYS observe the recommendations on the product packaging. This information should tell you what total amount of material to use for each operation. If you exceed the maximum thickness, the heat generated in the curing process cannot escape fast enough. This results in unsightly stains caused by uneven curing of the compound.

Working time

A very important factor when working with epoxy resins is the so-called working time. This is the period of time within which the resin can be processed after mixing the two components (resin and hardener). Therefore, there is a “phase” in which the resin becomes thicker and thicker and more viscous. At this point, it should not be processed further (except perhaps in special cases), as it does not level itself on a flat surface and cannot be homogeneously colored.

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