Epoxy is a highly reactive coating which we sell. The base resin is a clear liquid, but can be purchased in colours, or matched to a colour.
Advance Coatings sells a few different epoxy products, therefore this will be a general page for our epoxy products. While most of this will pertain to all epoxy products, the amounts of Resin to Hardener (whether 5 parts to 1 or 3 parts to 1) may differ.
Common Applications for Epoxy include Coating on top of concrete, plastic, and metal.
Contact us at <info> <at> advancecoatings.com for an SDS sheet.
Epoxy (part A) is not flammable by itself, however it is a fire hazard, when mixed with Part B in a large mass (such as in a bucket, or drum) and let to sit. The Hardeners (part B) are corrosive, and skin contact should be avoided. If skin contact is made, use Acetone or a solvent to clean within a short period.
Use Epoxy in a well ventilated area. Some form of breathing protection is recommended.
Epoxy and Hardener will smoke/heat up if a moderate to large amount is left in a mixing container
Our Epoxy has a strong exothermic reaction. If you leave it in a container after mixing with the hardener, within 10 minutes or so it will start to react - smoking and heating up. This means that epoxy should be applied within a reasonable time (0-5 minutes) of mixing. The larger the batch of epoxy, the more dangerous. You can demonstrate this danger on your own, by mixing a 1/2 cup of epoxy with hardener in a small paper cup. Within a few minutes the cup will be hot to the touch, and may smoke. Use caution when testing. It's important to understand this danger, but test in a non-hazardous environment.
Note that once it is applied in a thin layer, such as on a floor, there is no fire hazard. It only reacts when it is in a large mass. Generally, you should cure excess epoxy outside after a job.
Pitfalls & Tips
Heating up the Part A Epoxy Before Use is Beneficial
The epoxy works best when heated before mixing. For example, if you have a 5 gallon pail of epoxy, a 5 gallon pail heater can be put on the outside for a few minutes beforehand.