Using White Gel Coat
Tips for Using White Brushing Gel Coat
White brushing gel coat is a basic for hand laminating fabricating, and will remain tacky between coats allowing recoating if required. Use for repair work and interior coating. Isophthalic grade is the upper grade of resins which means the product in waterproof and is suitable to use below the water line. It has limited chemical resistance but is suitable for mild acids. For best practice, it’s best to test the chemical for any adverse effects. Other applications include water tanks, potable water tanks, waste tanks, grey water tanks. Brushing get sands very well and blends in with existing gel coat surfaces.
If you’re tinting this product it only contains white with no other color added, so it’s considered pure white. Remember you can't make a solid color from white as it will always be a pastel shade.
Use Rayplex Pigments only. They are made specifically for gel coats and should be used when tinting or coloring polyester gel coat. Any chemical foreign to the polyester can interrupt the curing process and damage properties. No more than 1 ounce of color agent should be added to a quart of white gel coat.
For part fabrication this white brushing gel coat can be brushed onto a mould with good coverage usually with one coat. The gel coat covers well, but sharp corners may require and extra coat for proper coverage.
For interior coverage add 5% of wax solution. Wax solution floats to the surface and prevents oxidation which gives gel that sticky feel when cured. This will give a tack free non sticky surface. If more gel coat must be applied, the surface will have to be well sanded and the wax coating removed with solvents.
1) Don't over catalyze as this will prevent the gel coat form curing properly. Gel coat is still tacky (a finger leaves a fingerprint) after hardener has been mixed into the resin and proper cure time has elapsed. Never exceed 3% catalyst by volume or below 1.2%. We reconmend not using this product below 60F. See the Catalyst mixing guide in the How To section of www.fibreglass.com. Always mix in clean containers, used coffee cups can impart a yellow cast to gel coat.
2) It is recommended that gel time be checked in the customer's plant because age, temperature, humidity and catalyst will produce varied gel times.
3) Never thin with or add acetone as this will inhibit the gel coat from curing properly and will be soft. Use streyne to thin with.
Prior to full cure, gel coat can be removed with acetone. Be sure to put all tools into an acetone bath before the gel coat has time to harden.
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