Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get. We strongly suggest that you ALWAYS test the mixed epoxy on a sample piece BEFORE you apply to your final project, even if you are familiar with working with epoxy. The most common problem associated with using epoxy are inaccurate mix ratios or not mixing thoroughly enough. If you have any questions at all, please email us before you attempt your project. We are here to help!
This product says UV resistant. Can I use it on my outdoor projects?
Although there are UV inhibitors in the epoxy to help resist yellowing, all epoxies will yellow over time. It is not recommended you use this epoxy on your outdoor projects or projects that will be in direct sunlight (in a window).
Is your epoxy food safe?
It is possible to be Food Safe. However, because the customer is mixing/pouring we cannot say this is Food Safe. Each mixture/application would have to be assessed individually.
Can I use this epoxy for my kitchen countertops? Is it heat resistant?
You can definitely use the epoxy for your countertops or tables. However, keep in mind this is not a high heat epoxy. It will start to soften around 120°. We always recommend using hot pads and coasters for hot pans, plates, coffee mugs, etc.
What is the pot time for this resin?
Gel-Time 100 Gr. Mass @ 77F, Approx. 25 Min, Full cure 48 Hours, Hardness 70-75 Shore D
How much epoxy do I need to cover my project?
Our general rule is: 12 sq. ft. per mixed gallon at 1/8" or 24 at 1/16". Keep in mind that we recommend pouring no more than 1/4" per application. You can also use our Epoxy Coverage Calculator.
(1/2 Gallon A, 1/2 Gallon B)
(1/2 Pint A, 1/2 Pint B)
6 sq. ft
1-1/2 sq. ft.
12 sq. ft.
3 sq. ft.
24 sq. ft.
6 sq. ft.
48 sq. ft.
12 sq. ft.
96 sq. ft.
24 sq. ft.
What is the mix ratio for this epoxy?
It is a 1:1 mix ratio by volume.
How long do I need to mix the epoxy?
We recommend mixing thoroughly for a minimum of 3-5 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container while mixing. Not mixing thoroughly enough leads to the epoxy not curing correctly. Ideally, you would pour the mixture into a second clean, dry container and mix for an additional 2-3 minutes. We recommend mixing no more than 1 gallon at a time.
Why is my project still tacky? How do I fix it?
The epoxy should feel well cured after 24 hours, however, full cure and maximum hardness can take up to 7 days, depending on temperature. If it is still tacky, this likely means it was due to incomplete or inaccurate mixing. Small areas can be improved with an alcohol wash, but larger areas will need to be removed. If it is soft enough, try scraping it off. Otherwise, you will need to sand it down and pour again.
Can I use this epoxy for casting or thicker pours?
Yes, but we recommend pouring no more than 1/4 inch per application. Optimal wait time between applications is 4-6 hours (depending on temperature). It should be tacky to the touch. *NOTE: When cured, epoxy is not flexible. Projects, such as river tables, must be properly supported to help prevent cracking.
What is the best temperature/environment for working with this epoxy?
The ideal working temperature is around 77 degrees F, but best results can be obtained between 75 and 85 degrees F. We suggest working in a clean, dry and dust-free environment. We suggest working on a leveled and flat work surface.
How long do I need to wait to pour a second coat?
You can pour the second coat when the first coat is still tacky to the touch (usually a couple of hours after pouring, depending on temperature). If it has hardened completely, we suggest a light sanding before pouring the second coat to allow it to bond properly to the surface.
What do I do if my resin is cloudy or has crystallization?
BEFORE you pour, make sure your epoxy is crystal clear. If it is cloudy or crystallization appears, warm up your resin by placing the jugs into warm water or by putting in black trash bags out in the sun until it clears. Be sure to test your product on a sample piece before applying to your final project.
Can I pour this over painted wood? Do I have to sand before pouring?
This depends on the type of paint. We do not recommend pouring over an oil based stain/paint. If the paint leaves a shine, you may want to use 320 grit sand paper to take the shine off so that the epoxy can properly bond to the surface.
How long is the epoxy good for after it has been opened?
If it is sealed back up and stored in a cool, dry place, you can get 1-2 years out of it. However, you will notice the color of the hardener start to yellow. Once mixed, this should clear up. However, please test the mixture before pouring on your final project.
I mixed the product according to the instructions but the mixture is not clear. Should I still pour? Will it clear up?
If your mixture is not crystal clear, you should NOT pour the epoxy on your final project. You can test a sample piece to see how it turns out, but you will likely need to mix a new batch. Please ensure you are mixing at the proper 1:1 ratio thoroughly, and that you are working in an ideal work environment/temperature as mentioned above.