Installing epoxy as a “Do It Yourself” professional can sometimes become confusing, that’s why REDRHINO is here to help you with those questions that will come-up. As an example, installing epoxy when it’s hot outside invites failure. It can lead your floors to outgassing (bubbling).
Here are some frequently asked questions with answers. It is always best to put down Epoxy in descending temperatures.
My Epoxy cured, now I see bubbles: A few bubbles are normal. This can be avoided by covering the piece with thick plastic, peel-ply, or release fabric. Too many bubbles are commonly caused from the epoxy curing too quickly. Try curing at a lower temperature, or switch to a lower temperature hardener. You can also try breaking the bubbles as the form with a spike-roller or a spreader.
Why did my Epoxy turn cloudy when cured? This is commonly caused by too much moisture either in the air or moisture has gotten into the epoxy mixture. We have also seen this when the Epoxy is heated with a heat gun and dried too quickly. Over mixing or overworking the Epoxy may cause this as well.
Why is my Epoxy so hot? This is a result from two situations: caused by either making too big of a pot too much resin & hardener being mixed together at once, or too much hardener for the resin amount. Make sure your ratios of resin and hardener are correct. You can also mix this in a container that has more surface area (bigger container). Adding more surface area to the Epoxy while mixing will allow for the mixture to stay cooler. The Epoxy should get warm, but never hot.
Epoxy, spike rollers, cleats and other miscellaneous epoxy supplies can be purchased at www.redrhinoproducts.com. Also available at this web address is a list of REDRHINO regional partners that can assist you with your installations or questions.
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Epoxy Cure Times
|Temperature||Pot Life||Dry to Touch||Foot Traffic||Light Storage||Vehicular Traffic|
|70 Degrees||10 to 15 minutes||2 to 3 hours||12 hours||12 hours||72 hours|
|80 Degrees||10 to 15 minutes||2 to 2.5 hours||10 to 12 hours||12 hours||72 hours|
|90 Degrees||10 to 15 minutes||2 to 2.5 hours||10 hours||12 hours||48 hours|
* Numbers are approximate. Do not apply below 55 degrees F or above 90 degrees F.