Thickeners & Anti Sag

Epoxy is not an “Old World Craftsmanship in a Can”. A tight joint is superior to a wide one in every respect, but when fill is required, epoxy can do the job. To prevent resin from running out of the spaces before it has cured, an anti-sage agent must be used.


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Cold Cure Epoxy

Features: Cold-Cure has been one of the latest break-through in epoxy resin technology. The disadvantages of the earlier systems have been overcome. Studies were completed to provide the quality need to be used in adverse conditions for a variety of applications. Low Temperatures: An outstanding feature it the ability to remain workable and cure in temperatures just above freezing. Most resins are so viscous (thickened) at low temperatures they are extremely hard to pour in correct proportions, to be mixed and applied. Cold-Cure has a low enough viscosity that it enables pouring and working easy, even in cold temperature. Wet Conditions: One major drawback of standard epoxies is the fact that the hardener will react with any moisture rather than the epoxy, thereby destroying he hardener. The unique quality of Cold-Cure is that displaces the water and prefers to interact with the hardener, giving a bond to wet wood and damp fiberglass and even underwater surfaces. Flexibility: The older rapid curing epoxies had a design flaw that became a major draw back – that of the resulting reacting was so extreme that it produced a very brittle product. The current Cold-Cure product is flexible making it ideal for use with wood. 100% Solids: Cold-Cure is 100% solids (no solvents) which means it is completely waterproof and moisture vapor proof. Safety: Cold-Cure is very mild compared to some of the other systems available. There is low skin irritation, and being solvent free there is no danger of explosion. Thorough cleanliness should always be practiced, using soap and water for hands and acetone or laquer thinner for tools. (Note: Stolen from Industrial Formulators Marine...
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Chopped Strand Matte

Fine strands for both gelcoat back up, repairs and standard reinforcement.  The choice of reinforcement to be used is dependent upon the performance characteristics required of the finish product.  Each type of reinforcement has it own processing technique and benefit. Benefits: Due to faster wet-out and roll-out abilities it lowers labor costs. It has excellent conformability, improved laminate clarity, with higher mechanical strengths, and a lower resin demand. Description: Chopped strand matte is designed for use in polyester resin systems.  Its fine strands make it ideal for many applications.  Commonly used to back up a gelcoat repair, and used in all standard laminating reinforcements.  It is available in 1 ounce to 3 ounces per square foot, anywhere from 2 inches to 50 inches.  Combined with other factors, the sizing assists with removal of air pockets and ease of roll out. Properties: The physical properties of laminates made with matte are equivalent or better than other products. Use:  Adaptable for nearly all hand lay-up applications.  It has a proven superior performance reputation with corrosion resistance, fiber prominence and general purpose hand layup polyester resins.  It virtually eliminates ‘glinting’ or ‘blush”. Suitable end uses for marine applications, the private consumer and recreational transportation products. Always dry store, keep package in corrugated cardboard cartons or hang off a rod for easy unrolling. (Note: excerpts from Fiberglass Canada...
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