10 Common Mixing Mistakes - How To Avoid An Epoxy Disaster

1) Not reading the instructions before starting: We know you’re excited to get started! But, wait! PLEASE take the time and read through our instructions thoroughly before starting your project. It will be better in the long run if you read and understand everything, instead of ending up with a sticky, tacky mess later on. Additionally, you can reach out to our Customer Support team with any clarifications or questions you may have.

2) Mixing by weight instead of volume: Since the Resin and the Hardener differ in weight, if you were to mix by weight instead of volume, it would not be accurate. It's much more consistent, and you are less likely to have curing problems if you measure by volume, using a graduated tub. Even if this method has worked for you with another epoxy, it will not work for ours.

3) Working in a cold environment: If your working area is not 75 degrees or warmer your project will not cure properly! The area must remain this temperature throughout the entire curing process (72 hours)

4) Working with a cold product: Be conscious of where your product is being stored, especially in colder climates and in the winter months. Your resin and hardener MUST be 75 degrees F or warmer when you start the mixing process, or you can end up with unsatisfactory results. Additionally, if your product is not warm, you run the risk of other problems, like a milky, cloudy consistency or microbubbles that will get trapped in your surface.

5) The mixture was not blended properly: You may also end up with sticky areas due to the mixture not being thoroughly blended. The Resin component tends to sit on top of the mixture in the bucket. If it is not pushed down into the mixture with the stir stick during blending, you can end up with areas that are hard or dry and other areas that are sticky or tacky that will not harden.

6) Mixing with improper tools: The best tool to mix epoxy is a flat bottom stick or spatula, similar to a paint stir stick. This type of tool will help you to be able to scrape the sides and the bottom of the tub to blend the epoxy better than a tool like a screwdriver or chopsticks. 

7) Mixing different brands: You cannot mix Pro Marine Resin or Hardener with any other brand. You might want to try if you had a little extra leftover but it will leave you with poor results. The best thing to do with extra resin or hardener is to store it until you order a new batch of Pro Marine Table Top Epoxy.

8) “Eyeballing” your mix: Don’t just dump both the resin and hardener together and expect a good result. Both sides must be exactly equal. For example, if you want to mix up 2 cups of epoxy, you must mix 1 cup of Resin and 1 cup of hardener to do so. Never dump the full epoxy containers together and mix either! At times our machines may over-pour the resin or hardener, which can cause you to get more product than normal.

9) Adding more hardener to ensure your project cures: Using more hardener will not make the resin cure harder, but can actually affect the cure in a negative way. It might feel hard to touch after it cures, but there is the possibility that you can run into issues down the road with excessive scratching and denting on the table top due to the inaccurate measuring of both parts. 

10) Moisture has come in contact with the resin or hardener: Be sure that your mixing utensils and bowls are clean and dry before starting. The smallest amount of water can effect resin in a negative way. 

Please reach out to our customer care team if you have ANY questions! We would rather prevent a disaster than help you try to fix it! support@promarinesupplies.com