Epoxy resins are used in the manufacture of adhesives, plastics, paints, coatings, primers and sealers, flooring and other products and materials that are used in building and construction applications.
Epoxy resins come in two parts: the resin and the hardener. When the two parts are mixed together, a chemical reaction occurs that causes heat production. This heat changes the epoxy from a liquid to a solid. Epoxy resin, like other resins, is mixed together in a specific ratio or amount of resin to hardener. There is a pot time to the resin (period of time that the resin is still liquid enough to work with) versus curing time (the amount of time needed for the epoxy to completely harden). Each epoxy resin is different! For proper curing, the resin needs to be mixed thoroughly in the correct proportions.
What safety precautions do I need to take when working with epoxy resin?
- Work in a clean and well-ventilated area.
- consider wearing a respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection.