A toxicologist examines the DIY Epoxy Resin's formulas. They then certify that it is non-toxic if you use it as per the directions. The certification ascertains that DIY Epoxy conforms to the set ASTM D4236 standards. The resin does not produce fumes or any volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It contains no solvents or non-reactive diluents. Everything in the DIY Epoxy Resin reacts, ensuring there are no chemicals that can cause health issues. Additionally, the resin is non-flammable.
DIY Epoxy Resin is 100% safe once fully cured. The curing process makes the DIY Epoxy Resin non-toxic.
DIY Epoxy Resin remains fresh and usable for one year if unopened and around six months if opened.
UV light causes yellowing and other degradative effects to DIY Epoxy resin. Stabilization additives are therefore essential to help mediate the damage. The UV stabilizer helps to reduce yellowing, maintaining the gloss and resin decay caused by the sun. It is important to note that a UV stabilizer only delays yellowing in resins. The DIY Epoxy Resin has a HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) to ensure your epoxy projects will are protected from the sun.
You can apply a second coat of the resin when there is a need. For instance, if the topcoat is uneven, has imperfections, dust & debris cured with the epoxy. The application of a second coat is the same procedure as the first one. Ensure to sand the coat before applying a second coat to ensure the epoxy will adhere to the layer.
You can apply as many layers of DIY Epoxy Resin as you like, but keep in mind that the ideal layer needs to be 1/8 inches. DIY Epoxy Countertop is not formulated for flood coat thicker than 1/8; for the best results, please pour the suggested thickness.
When pouring multiple layers, you have two choices:
First option: Pour your first layer, clear all bubbles, cover, and wait for about 8 to 12 hours until the resin attains a tacky state. Pour another 1/8-inch layer, torch out the bubbles, cover again and wait for 8 to 12 hours. Repeat the process until you reach your preferred height. This method is ideal when pouring into a mold or dam.
Second method: wait for the first layer to fully dry, give it an overall sanding, then apply the next 1/8-inch layer. Clear all bubbles, cover, and let it dry; repeat the process until you attain your desired height.
It is important to remember that a 1/8-inch layer requires a minimum of 48 hours to cure multiple coats fully.
Although the DIY Epoxy Resin is considered non-hazardous and non-toxic when applied according to the directions, you need to take some precautions. When pouring the resin, always remember to wear gloves. In its liquid form, epoxy resin is extremely sticky, and the gloves will prevent the resin from sticking on your skin and protect you from skin irritation.
In case the resin accidentally comes in contact with your eyes, use water to flush it out. Do not rub your eyes, and remember to seek medical attention immediately. When pouring the resin, ensure the area is well ventilated. All the details on the health information are contained in the DIY Epoxy Resin's SDS. It conforms to ASTM D-4236, making it safe for home use.
Except for materials that repel water, the DIY Epoxy Resin bonds well to every surface. Smoothe surface such a waxed items, smooth plastic, water repellent surfaces will not bond well to the epoxy, it needs a minimum of a rough surface to ensure proper adherence.
Some of the surfaces that the resin works well on include wood, photographs, inkjet prints, acrylic, oil paint that has completely cured, watercolor, ink, paper collage, oil pastel, spray paint, sculpture, flowers, and rocks. When pouring the resin, avoid applying it on loose surfaces. Substances like chalk pastels may mix into the resin after you pour it. You may need to use a sealant over some surfaces since surfaces like paper may absorb the resin instead of allowing it to settle on top. Experimentation before the actual pouring is the best thing to do.