Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc.
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mention two online, third party storefronts. In July of 2022
one of them shut down - so there is now only one - formally
called ‘the simple site’ it avoided products that contained
solvents and could not be sold or used in California.
This online storefront now lists these product with a
non-California warning. All products listed can also
not be sent by air transportation - limiting sales
to the ‘lower 48' states.
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TWO PART MARINE
EPOXIES- CLEAR EPOXIES
Section A EPOXY PAINTS
; NSP 120; water gard 300 ; CM 15; crack coat™
FILLERS THICKENERS ADDITIVES
fumed silica; microsphere/balloons; poly fibers; copper; graphite; wood flour; EZ thick; rock flour
bio vee seal; water based floor epoxy, floor epoxy with grit; walnut shell
THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES, ETC.
wet/dry 700; splash zone;
Section C THICKENED EPOXIES - EPOXY PUTTIES, ETC.
wet/dry 700 - epoxy cream
TWO PART EPOXY PAINTS (barrier coats)
corro coat FC 2100; water gard 300; CM 15; crack coat™
Section D CLEAR TWO PART EPOXIES
low V epoxy; basic no blush; ESP 155
Section Five URETHANES AND NON-EPOXY COATINGS Aluthane (aluminum coating); LPU Marine
Section E NON-EPOXY PAINTS SEALERS
Aluthane moisture cured urethane; Acrylic Poly UV Plus and other 2 part polys ; Capt. Tolley's creeping crack sealer
Epoxy Essentials (tm)
DID YOU KNOW...
Epoxy coatings are used because of their outstanding chemical resistance,
durability, low porosity and
strong bond strength.
Epoxies consist of a ‘base' and a ‘curing' agent. The two components are
mixed in a certain ratio. A chemical reaction occurs between the two parts
generating heat (exotherm) and hardening the mixture into an inert, hard ‘plastic'.
Epoxies yellow, chalk (or more commonly least lose their gloss),
in direct sunlight (UV). The yellowing can be a real problem. For
pigmented epoxies select colors that are dark or contain a lot of
yellow (such as green). Even clear epoxies will yellow and cloud
up. Often epoxies are top coated with latex or urethanes that will
retain their color and attractive gloss. This is particularly true if
color coding or matching company colors is important.
Epoxies will harden in minutes or hours, but complete cure
(hardening) will generally take several days. Most epoxies
will be suitably hard within a day or so, but may require more
time to harden before the coating can be sanded.
By their nature, epoxies are hard and brittle. Additives
can be added to epoxies that make them less brittle, but
generally at the loss or reduction of other positive epoxy
properties such as chemical resistance.
Other clues of cheap epoxies include ‘induction time'
(after mixing the two components the mixture must sit
for several minutes to ‘self cook' before being applied).
The best time to recoat epoxy is within about 48 hours
after the initial coat. Because epoxies take days to reach
full cure, a second coat applied shortly after the first coat
will partially fuse to the first coat rather than forming a
simple mechanical bond.
End users can thicken epoxy with many things, Tiny glass
spheres, known as micro-spheres or micro-balloons are
commonly used. Besides thickening, their crushable nature
makes sanding the hardened epoxy easier. On the downside,
they work like tiny ball bearings, resulting is sagging and slumping.
Another thickener is fumed silica (a common brand name is Cabosil (tm))
which looks like fake snow. About 2 parts fumed silica with one part epoxy
will produce a mixture similar in texture and thickness to petroleum jelly.
Micro-spheres and fumed silica can be combined together.
Fisheyes are areas on a painted surface where the coating literally
pulls away for the substrate leaving a coatingless void or fisheye.
Often fisheyes are caused by surface contaminants such as a bit of
silicon, wax, or oil. I have also seen them on clean plywood where
epoxies paints have been used as sealers and the problem might
be due to uneven saturation (soaking-in) of the epoxy into the wood.
Surface tension plays a big part in fisheyeing. There are some
additives that can be mixed into the epoxy that will reduce
surface tension. Likewise, on wood, applying several coats of
solvent thinned epoxy, instead of one coat of unthinned epoxy,
seems to work well. Applying a thick coat of epoxy over a
contaminated fisheye surface will bury the fisheye but expect
the coating to peel away in the future. As a rule of thumb,
always suspect some sort of surface contamination as the
primary cause of fisheyeing.
Adding a bit of solvent to a solvent based or solvent-free epoxy
is something that most manufacturers would not officially approve
of and something that might not work with all epoxies. However,
it can be done (unofficially) with the epoxies I deal with. Adding
solvent to these epoxies will: 1) thin them out; 2) increase pot life;
3) allows them to flow off the brush/roller a bit more smoothly; and
4) perhaps allows them to ‘soak-in', penetrate, or may be soften,
the substrate just a little bit. Not change is visible in the epoxy
unless 12% or greater solvent is added. With that amount of solvent,
the epoxies no longer cure with a glossy finish.
It is best to use epoxies with a mix ratio close to 1 to 1 as opposed to
something 4-1, 5-1, etc. because errors in the mix ratios can be more
pronounced with the latter. That said, no matter what the mix ratio is,
some epoxies are more forgiving of mix ratio errors than others. One
‘trick' of epoxy vendors with odd or very sensitive mix ratios is to sell
calibrated pumps that disperse the epoxy components in exact amounts.
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