EpoxAcoat® HT is a slightly thixotropic epoxy gel coat that offers high heat resistance (post cure required). Cured epoxy is tough and offers exceptional abrasion resistance. This surface coat will wet out well over a variety of surfaces with good sag resistance. Applications include laminating, precision tooling, master and pattern making, core boxes and fixtures.
Use as a surface coat for EpoxAmite® HT high temperature laminating epoxy.
Preparation – Avoid breathing fumes - use in a well ventilated area at minimum. NIOSH approved respirator is recommended. Wear safety glasses, long sleeves and rubber gloves to minimize skin contact. This material has a high exotherm (generates heat). Do not mix components in glass or foam containers.
Materials should be stored and used in a room temperature environment (73°F/23°C). Elevated temperatures will reduce Pot Life. EpoxAcoat® HT must be properly measured and thoroughly mixed to achieve full, high-strength, solid-cure properties. Because no two applications are quite the same, a small test application to determine suitability for your project is recommended if performance of this material is in question.
Applying A Release Agent – For releasing epoxy from nonporous surfaces such as resin, metal, glass etc., use Ease Release® 200 or 205 (available from Smooth-On) to prevent adhesion.
Measuring / Dispensing – Accurate ratio measurements by weight are required for the material to cure properly and develop full physical properties. Dispense Parts A and B proper proportions into clean plastic, metal or wax-free paper containers.
Adding Color - EpoxAcoat® HT can be colored with UVO® colorants (from Smooth-On). Pre-mix colorant with Part A thoroughly and then add Part B.
Mixing – Be sure mixing utensils are clean and free of any potential contaminants such as dirt, dust or grease. Mix Parts A and B thoroughly for at least 3 minutes with a square edged mixing stick. Be aggressive and scrape sides and bottom of mixing container several times.
Use the square edge of mixing stick to bring material off of the sides of container and blend. If using a drill mixer, follow with hand mixing as directed above to ensure thorough mixing. NOTE: Pot life can be extended by pouring mixture into a shallow pan, reducing its mass.
Adding Fillers - A variety of dry fillers can be added. Pre-mix dry filler with Part A before adding Part B.
Important - Mixed EpoxAcoat® HT is exothermic, meaning it generates heat. A concentrated mass of mixed epoxy in a confined area such as a mixing container can generate enough heat to melt a plastic cup, burn skin or ignite combustible materials if left to stand for its full Pot Life. Do not use foam or glass mixing containers or apply sections thicker than 1/8” (0.32 cm). If a batch of mixed epoxy begins to exotherm, move it to an open air environment.
Applying – You will apply two thin layers of EpoxAcoat® HT using a disposable chip brush. After epoxy is mixed, you must work quickly so that the mass in your mixing container does not set up prematurely. NOTE: Pot life can be extended by pouring mixture into a shallow pan, reducing its mass.
After applying 1 thin layer of epoxy, let partially cure for 4 hours until “tacky hard”. Apply a second thin layer and again partially cure for 4 hours until “tacky hard”. Continue laminating process with EpoxAmite® HT laminating resin and appropriate reinforcing material.
Cure Time: Refer to specified Cure Times in Handling Properties at 73°F / 23°C depending on mass. Cured material will be hard and unable to penetrate with a finger nail. Cured epoxy can now be dry sanded. If machining or sanding, wear NIOSH approved mask to prevent inhalation of particles.
Post Curing - For Tools Made Using EpoxAcoat® HT and EpoxAmite® HT Epoxies
Painting – Cured EpoxAcoat® HT can be painted and / or primed and then painted with acrylic enamel paints. Let paint fully dry before putting part into service.
Removing Epoxy – Uncured / Non-Curing Epoxy: Scrape as much material as possible from the surface using a scraper. Clean the residue with E-POX-EE KLEENER® available from Smooth-On, lacquer thinner, acetone or alcohol. Follow safety warnings pertaining to solvents and provide adequate ventilation.
High temperature tooling resins play an important role in creating composite parts and are a low cost alternative to metal molds.