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In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use UVPoxy to clear coat a serving tray.
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Step 1: Measuring Out Parts A & B
UVPoxy uses a 1:1 mix ratio. Measure the length and width of your tray and use EcoPoxy’s Volume Calculator to figure out how much UVPoxy you should mix. In this case, 400 mL of UVPoxy was more than enough to coat the tray surface and edges.
Step 2: Mixing
Mix for 2-3 minutes. Watch for the epoxy to go from streaky and cloudy, clear.
The thickness of UVPoxy makes it ideal for coating, but you do end up with air bubbles entrapped no matter how carefully you stir. We'll cover how to remove bubbles at the end of this project.
Step 3: Pouring and Spreading
Start by pouring some epoxy into the center of the project. Use EcoPoxy's Notched Spreader to spread the UVPoxy across the surface.Start in the center, and in a star pattern, move the UVPoxy across the surface to wet it out, allowing some UVPoxy to spill over the edges. With the surface fully wet-out, start to even out the coating of UVPoxy. Add more epoxy so the surface of the project. Start in one corner and move the spreader across slowly across the surface allowing the epoxy to flow over the edge. At the end, turn the spreader and go back in to other direction. In this project, we used the 3/16" notches.
UVPoxy is self-leveling, so it will fill any low spots on your project. It is essential that the surface you are working on is flat and level. Depending on your working conditions, you'll have about 30 to 40 minutes before your UVPoxy starts to gel.
Step 4: Checking the Edges
Check around the edges to make sure you don't have any bare spots left on the sides or the corners.
Step 5: Torch the Bubbles
Torch to pop any of the bubbles that are present on the surface of your coating. With the torch, you want to do smooth sweeping passes, being careful not to stay in any location for too long. You should see the bubbles popping as you go.
It's good practice to come back to your project 5-10 minutes after you've done your first pass with the torch to check for more bubbles, assuming that you have the working time left.
Step 6: Let It Cure
After about 10 hours, the UVPoxy should be set to touch. This means that any dust that falls on the surface shouldn't adhere to it, and everything will be no longer tacky. However, you don't really want to handle your project until at least 24 hours after you've poured, just to make sure that it's hard enough to manage any handling, or finishing.
Projects should be fully cured by 48 hours and have full mechanical properties.
Step 7: The Finished Project
Once your project is cured, you can expect a high-gloss, water-clear finish that adds beautiful depth to your project.
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