Epoxy Resin in from the Cold
Winter weather, in many areas of the Country, can be extreme - reaching subzero temperatures. Our warehouse is in Michigan is no stranger to these climes, so we've experienced cold spells that can wreak havoc on executing epoxy projects.
Cold temperatures can affect epoxy resin in several different ways:
Curing Time - More frigid temperatures slow down the curing time for epoxy resin. This may be beneficial if you are looking for longer working (also known as pot) time, but it also means that your project will take an extended amount of time to complete.
Product Viscosity - In cooler temperatures, epoxy does not flow as smoothly. You may notice that the product seems much thicker than usual when mixing and pouring. If your product or surface is too cold, a self-leveling epoxy may not level properly and leave you with divots or fish eyes. NOTE: epoxy resin may be warmed by placing the unopened containers in a container of warm water.
Humidity Problems - When you're working in colder temperatures, increased humidity in the atmosphere may also affect your project. You may get moisture settling on the uncured epoxy which can lead to blushing, surface defects, or reduced shine/gloss.
Don’t worry if your epoxy has traveled through cold areas to get to you. Be sure to acclimate your epoxy back to the proper temperature of 75 degrees F before use.
See our tips for using epoxy resin when the weather gets colder here.