Why and how to add catalyst to resin and gel coat projects
Resin and gel coat are two of the most important materials used in fiberglass projects. Resin is a liquid that hardens when it is mixed with a catalyst, while gel coat is a pigmented resin that is applied to the surface of a fiberglass mold to create a smooth, finished appearance.
Catalyst is essential for curing resin and gel coat. It initiates a chemical reaction that causes the resin to harden and become solid. Without catalyst, resin and gel coat will not cure properly.
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|5 oz.||3 cc||2 cc|
|10 oz.||6 cc||3 cc|
|15 oz.||9 cc||5 cc|
|20 oz.||13 cc||8 cc|
|25 oz.||16 cc||8 cc|
|32 oz.||20 cc||10 cc|
|64 oz.||40 cc||20 cc|
|3 qt.||60 cc||30 cc|
|4 qt.||80 cc||40 cc|
|2 gal.||160 cc||80 cc|
|5 gal.||400 cc||200 cc|
Why add catalyst to resin and gel coat projects?
There are several reasons why it is important to add catalyst to resin and gel coat projects:
- To cure the resin or gel coat.
- To control the curing time.
- To improve the physical properties of the cured resin or gel coat.
How to add catalyst to resin and gel coat projects
Adding catalyst to resin and gel coat is a simple process. However, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
To add catalyst to resin:
- Measure the correct amount of resin.
- Add the catalyst.
- Mix the resin and catalyst thoroughly.
To add catalyst to gel coat:
- Measure the correct amount of gel coat.
- Add the catalyst.
- Mix the gel coat and catalyst thoroughly.
Important safety tips
Catalyst is a hazardous material. It is important to take safety precautions when working with catalyst. Here are some important safety tips:
- Wear gloves and eye protection.
- Work in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not smoke or eat while working with catalyst.
- Dispose of catalyst properly.
By following these tips, you can safely and effectively add catalyst to your resin and gel coat projects.