Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing & Using EcoPoxy® Epoxy Resin Products

Just discover EcoPoxy? New to epoxy resin? Please read the information below! Use the search bar to find answers to specific questions. Make sure you know which product you need and always perform a test pour (or 3) before attempting a large expensive project!


Here are a few of the most FAQ's about epoxy resin and EcoPoxy®

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Frequently asked questions

Usage

How to calculate usage for your project?


This is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on the depth of the layer of resin and number of layers to be applied, and of course the dimensions (Length, Width, Height) of the project. SEE CALCULATOR For painters or a clear coat application: Typically, a layer will be 1/8" - 3/16". At this depth 15 sq ft per liter or 50-60 sq ft per gallon A seal coat layer may be 1/16" and thick layer 1/4". Adjust your order accordingly. I suggest the EcoPoxy Notched spreader. It has notches on 3 sides to guide and spread the resin layers in an even thickness. ALWAYS increase your order by 10% to compensate for spillage, overflow, and mis-calculation. It's better to have a little extra than not enough. Calculate Square Inches: If your making a resin art painting or applying a clear coat on top of a surface. Multiply the length x width to calculate total square inches. --Divide by 144 to get square feet L x W =Sq In ÷ 144 = Sq Ft For River tables or deep pour applications: Calculate Cubic Inches: When you will be filling a void or space or encapsulating something, you will need to account for the depth (height) as well as the length and width. L x W x H = cubic inches Convert cubic inches to cubic feet (1 cu Ft = 1728 cu in) Divide by 1728 to gert cubic feet Convert cubic feet to liquid volume (1 cu ft = 28.32 lt) Divide cubic feet by 28.32 to get liters




How do I calculate square inches or feet?


Most epoxy resin is applied in self leveling layers about 1/8" - 1/4". Examples: Clear coating a painting, photo or wood. Coloring resin to make a resin art painting. Applying a seal coat to any surface, etc... For this type of application you will need to calculate total square inches or square feet. Measure length and width, then multiply to get total square inches. L x W = Ttl sq inches. Divide by 144 to get square feet. L x W = Sq inches ÷ 144 = Sq Ft. Next you must consider the thickness of your resin layer, see below. Here are some rough estimates: 4 Liters = 1.05 gallons covers aprox. 15-16 ft² Layer Resin Coverage 1/8" 1 liter = 4 ft² 1/4" 1 liter = 2 ft² **FYI...epoxy resin can not be poured over 3/4" deep layers. **Read my blog for more info, tips and tricks: https://theresinartist.blogspot.com




How do I calculate liquid volume?


See above: How much resin do I need? Liquid Volume equation: L x H x D = cubic in³ ex: 60"L x 20"W x 2"D = 240" cu. inches to cubic ft³ 1:1728 ex: 240" ÷ 1728 = 0.138' ft³ cu. ft³ to liters 1: 959.50 ex: 0.138 ÷ 959.50 =.00014 lt




How much resin will I need?


Because resin applications vary greatly, the answer to this question varies. Just like choosing which epoxy resin to use, the volume of epoxy resin will depend on whether you are pouring a self-leveling coat of 1/8" OR filling a deep space/void (i.e. a river table) AREA COVERAGE:
UV Poxy self-levels at aprox. 1/8" layers. It can be applied in layers up to 1/4" deep. You must wait 6-8 hours between layers. DO NOT pour deeper than 1/2". For deeper layers use Liquid Plastic.
To calculate how much resin you will need to cover your project surface, measure the length and width.

L x W = square inches (÷144 = sq. ft.)
Add 10% and round up to the nearest hundred.

APROXIMATE COVERAGE at 1/8" Layer
1 Gallon = 48- 60 ft²
4 Liters = 1.05 gallons
1 Liter = 15 -16 ft²
**Remember you will often need 2 coats
CONVERTING to LIQUID VOLUME
Liquid Plastic 1:1 ratio can be poured at any depth. LP 2:1 ratio is limited to 2" deep layers. Measure length, width and depth of your area to be filled with epoxy resin.

L x W x D = cubic inches

CUBIC INCHES or FEET into LITERS:

40 Liters = 2440 in³ or 1.4 ft³
30 Liters = 1830 in³ or 1.05 ft³
20 liters = 1220 in³ or 0.7 ft³
12 Liters = 732 in³ or 0.42 ft³
8 Liters = 488 in³ or 0.28 ft³
6 Liters = 366 in³ or 0.21 ft³
4 Liters = 180 in³
1 Liter = 60 in³
**These are aproximate calcaulations. ALWAYS increase your order by 10%





General epoxy resin

Which EcoPoxy epoxy resin do I need?


There are 2 EcoPoxy epoxy resin products: UV Poxy and Liquid Plastic. Liquid Plastic is available in 1:1 Ratio and 2:1 Ratio UV Poxy is a fantastic resin that should be used like most standard epoxy resins. It is a 2 part epoxy with aprox. 25 minute pot time, dry to the touch in 8 hours and 24 hr cure time. (average times based on optimal conditions). This is the product commonly used for resin art, jewelry making, table tops, molding, counter tops or clear coating surfaces. Liquid Plastic is a one-of-a-kind epoxy resin that can be poured at any depth. This makes it the perfect choice for encapsulating any object(s) that require a deep pour. It is a 2 part epoxy with an extended pot time (up to 8 hrs.) and a 72+ hrs cure time. Liquid Plastic 2:1 ratio mix is recommended for resin tables, river tables and woodworking projects that are limited to 2" deep layers. It is a 2 part epoxy, mixed at a 2:1 ratio of 2 parts resin to 1 part hardener. **NEVER mix the resins and hardeners from different brands of epoxies! **ALWAYS follow the manufactures instructions and mixing guidelines exactly. Careless use or misuse of some epoxy resins can be harmful, toxic, and a fire hazard




Can I add color to EcoPoxy epoxy resins?


Absolutely! EcoPoxy makes pigments and mica powders that blend beautifully with both types of resin to produce a wide variety of colors for your resin projects. You can mix EcoPoxy resins with other brands of pigments, inks, dyes and acrylic paints. Resin Pigment Color Kits contain 7 colors, which may be mixed together to make other colors, and are designed for coloring epoxy resin (not to be used alone). Each kit contains: Red, blue, grenn, yellow, brown, black and white. **I do offer some colors individually. Metallic Kits are a collection of mica powders in 12 metallic colors. Use them seperately or together for amazing effects. Glitter Colors Kits contain reflective flakes in 12 colors for dramatic, eye-catching effects.




Do I need to seal the surface first?


YES! For professional results and a stress free experience, always seal the surface, and any objects to be covered with resin, with a light coat of epoxy resin. Epoxy resin was designed to be applied in 2 coats. The 1st coat, the "seal coat", will prevent air bubbles from forming (and rising) in your 2nd coat, the "flood coat", by forming a air-tight seal over your material/substrate. This coat can be a light, thin layer and can be applied with a brush, spreader or foam roller. Embedded objects need to be sealed as well. UV Poxy is perfect for the seal coat because it will be dry-to-the-touch in aprox. 8 hrs, but you'll need to work quickly to cover a large area. Your flood coat, using Liquid Plastic or UV Poxy, will be poured on and you can can add color if desired.




What is the difference between Liquid Plastic 1:1 and 2:1 Ratios?


They are both the same formula mixed in different in proportions. 1:1 ratio, is designed to be used for encapsulation and can be poured at any depth. It is formulated with a slow exothermic process which means it has an extended pot time (up to 8 hrs.) and cure time (up to 72 hours) 2:1 ratio is suggested for woodworking projects, like river tables and resin tables It is the same product packaged to be mixed at a ratio of 2 parts resin to 1 part hardener. This ratio will cure faster (24 hrs) and to a harder finish. BUT it can only be poured up to 2' deep **This product is currently labeled and instructed for the 1:1 ratio use. PLEASE do not put uncured hardener in your trash or dump on the ground! If you have unused product, seal the container tightly and take to your city recycling center as hazardous material.




Liquid Plastic or UV Poxy?


There are 2 EcoPoxy epoxy resin products: UV Poxy and Liquid Plastic. Liquid Plastic is available in 1:1 Ratio and 2:1 Ratio UV Poxy is a fantastic resin that should be used like most standard epoxy resins. It is a 2 part epoxy, 1:1 ratio, with aprox. 25 minute pot time, dry to the touch in 8 hours and 24 hr cure time, 72 hrs fully cured.. (average times based on optimal conditions). This is the product commonly used for resin art, jewelry making, table tops, molding, counter tops, collage, coasters or clear coating surfaces. Liquid Plastic is a one-of-a-kind encapsulating epoxy resin that can be poured at any depth. This makes it the perfect choice for encapsulating any object(s) that require a deep pour. It is a 2 part epoxy with an extended pot time (up to 8 hrs.) and a 72+ hrs cure time. Liquid Plastic 2:1 ratio mix is recommended for resin tables, river tables and woodworking projects that are limited to 2" deep layers. It is a 2 part epoxy, mixed at a 2:1 ratio of 2 parts resin to 1 part hardener. **NEVER mix the resins and hardeners from different brands of epoxies! **ALWAYS follow the manufactures instructions and mixing guidelines exactly. Careless use or misuse of some epoxy resins can be harmful, toxic, and a fire hazard




What makes EcoPoxy different?


EcoPoxy resins are 52% plant based. They are made from soy beans, cashews and egg shells (to name a few). Contains no petroleum or solvents, practically odor free and 100% safe. read the about EcoPoxy page for more





 
 
 

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