Here are 5 Tips & Tricks to use to Maximize Epoxy Resin Summertime Performance:
- Keep it cool – keep your materials cool and out of the sun – work in the shade whenever possible and in the early morning or later evening when it’s cooler
- Test mix a small amount – you’ll get a good feel for the amount of working time/pot life you have if you test mix a small batch first
- Substrate temps matter too – the temperature of the material to which you’re applying epoxy matters too as it will heat up the polymer
- Your temp matters too! Keep yourself as cool as possible and hydrated when working in the summer heat – and take breaks as needed
- And for those of you addressing boating or other nautical applications using marine grade epoxy resin, use slow hardener for warm weather as it cures best at 80 degrees F
Epoxy resin functions best in cooler temperatures of about 75 degrees F (~22 degrees C) – so if you can work in a climate-controlled environment – you’ll get better results. Significant increases in temperature of 15-20 degrees F (~10 degrees C) can easily halve the working and application times of the polymer. Another quick tip when working in sunlight – be sure to mix your resin in plastic containers and not metal – as these will help keep the materials cooler.