EnviroTexLite is a coating epoxy polymer resin, as distinct from a casting resin. When EnviroTexLite is poured on wood, photographs or newspaper clippings for instance, in what is called a flow coat, it produces a durable, high gloss surface equivalent to about 30 coats of varnish, hence the term “liquid glass”.
A casting epoxy resin on the other hand, is used to cast moulds in sizes that are beyond the capabilities of a coating resin, due the generation of excessive heat. Of late however many hobbyists have found that EnviroTexLite is suitable for casting into the smaller style jewellery moulds, so the distinction between the two resins is becoming blurred.
When EnviroTexLite was first introduced, it was a much thicker material than it is now, in the new Lite formula. This has allowed the self-levelling, for which EnviroTex is famous, to become much easier. Just pour on and allow the resin to find its own level, with perhaps a small nudge with a piece of cardboard for larger jobs, like a boardroom table, to be all that is necessary.
I first saw EnviroTex many years ago, while visiting one of our American suppliers in Florida. Among other things he had a small factory making slabs of cypress wood he had cut in the Florida swamps, into clocks, coated with this new resin. My wife and I were very impressed with the conversion of a rough cypress tree root,into a thing of real and lasting beauty.
I have since seen these resins used for coating many surfaces, rough as well as smooth.
Wood Pine Cones Seeds Sea Shells
Dried Flowers Plaster Rocks Beans
Newspaper Clippings Transfers Oil Paintings Metal
Models Styrofoam Leather Cloth
Ceramics Bread Dough Figurines Decals
How to Use EnviroTexLite
- (1) Measure equal amounts of resin and hardener by volume (not weight) of EnviroTexLite into several straight sided, flat bottomed wax free measuring containers. The 1:1 mix ratio is important so do not wary it as it will result in soft or sticky surfaces.
- (2) Pour Part A and Part B into a mixing container and mix for 2 minutes using your stir stick to scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing container, using an upwards motion to bring the contents of the bottom to the surface.
- (3) Pour the contents of the first mixing cup into a new second mixing container and mix for a further minute using a new stirring stick.
- (4) After you have completed this total 3 minutes of double mixing, pour immediately onto your project. Spread where necessary using a piece of stiff paper to cover the surface of your project in an even pattern of resin.
- (5) After 15 minutes, any air bubbles created during the mixing will have risen to the surface. Gently exhale on them to break the bubbles or gently sweep the surface in a constantly moving action, using a small hand held propane torch, positioned about 15 cm away from the resin coating. This process may be repeated as often as necessary.
- (6) Allow the coated item to cure in a warm dust free room. Erect a plastic drop sheet over the work to prevent dust particles from settling on the surface while curing. Curing will take from 2 to 7 hours to be dust free and from 36 to 72 hours for a hard cure depending on the existing humidity and temperature.
For more complete instructions go to www.aldaxstore.com.au or ring our office on 02/9533 9555 during business hours for free ,no obligation, help or advice.
Stan Alderson R1291/RCW1022a