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Epoxy is great for everything from flooring to art projects. It offers many different color options, is highly durable, and is long-lasting. Whether you are planning to make a faux stone floor, an amazing bar top, or some gorgeous jewelry, it is important to know what the curing time of epoxy is.
Epoxy works by mixing an epoxy resin with a hardening agent. When these two chemicals are mixed together, they begin the “curing”, or drying, process. In order to properly plan your epoxy project, it is important to understand the curing times of epoxy.
How long does epoxy take to cure?
CREKOAT Resin is dry to the touch within 24 hours, and fully cured within 72 hours.
The short of it is that epoxy takes 72 hours to cure. Now, there are different stages in the curing process. For 24 hours, it is important that the epoxy not be disturbed at all. After 24 hours, light traffic can go over it, so you can walk on it, but do so as little as possible. After 72 hours, heavy furniture can be placed on it and heavy equipment, such as forklifts or cars, can ride over it.
Can you reduce CREKOAT Resin's cure time?
Yes! It IS possible to make epoxy resin dry faster, using heat.
Increase the temperature: The ideal temperature for curing CREKOAT Resin to 75-85ºF / 24-30ºC. Cure time is affected by temperature: warmer temperatures facilitate curing and colder temperatures slow curing.
Place a space heater or heat lamp near your piece to encourage the resin to cure faster.
Is there anything I need to do while it is curing?
Yes. Try to keep the area as free from dust as possible. Dust can settle on your epoxy and become a permanent part of it once it cures. If you are creating a piece of art or smaller project, you may want to use a large box to place over the item to keep dust from settling on it. In an interior work area, be sure the space has been completely cleaned before applying the epoxy, so as to minimize the possibility of dust settling before the epoxy has cured.Tags: epoxy resin, Epoxy works