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APPLICATION

  • 1. Measure. In the same graduated container
  • 2. Mix. Mix the measured resin and hardener in a clean container. Stir until the material is thoroughly blended. Mixing should be completed after 2 minutes of vigorous mixing. The importance of thorough mixing cannot be over-emphasized. The two components must be whipped much like mixing a cake batter. If bubbles get whipped into the mixture, do not be concerned; the bubbles can be easily removed later. Improper mixing can result in soft or sticky spots.
    To prevent problems with improper mixing, we suggest using a "double-cup" method of mixing: have two mixing containers ready. Begin mixing in the first clean mixing container. After one minute of mixing, transfer the Envirotex Lite into the second container and continue mixing for one minute. Mixing should be completed after two minutes of vigorous mixing.
  • 3. Pour, Do Not Wait! Pour as soon as thoroughly mixed. Carefully pour over the surface in an even pattern. Spread where necessary using a piece of stiff paper to help liquid flow together. Caution: It Envirotex Lite is left in mixing container, it will become hot and set up rapidly.
  • 4. De-gas. After about 5 minutes, the air bubbles created while stirring will rise to the surface. They can be easily and effectively broken by GENTLY exhaling on them until they disappear (avoid inhaling fumes). A propane torch can be used as an aid in removing bubbles from a freshly coated surface. Hold the torch about 6 inches away and sweep smoothly across the surface until the bubbles are gone. Use low flame. This process may be repeated as often as is necessary while material is liquid. Brush edges until material has set" firm enough not to "sag." NOTE: It is carbon dioxide, not heat, which breaks up the bubbles
  • 5. Cure. For best results, coat at temperatures between 70° F and 80° F . Allow the coated item to cure in a warm dust free room. Curing time will vary with humidity and temperature. Humidity below 50% is recommended for proper hardness of film. Placing a clean cardboard box over the item is effective in keeping dust off the surface during the cure cycle.
    Temperature
    Dust Free
    Hard Cure
    70° F
    4-7 hours
    72 hours
    80° F
    3-6 hours
    48 hours
    90° F
    2-5 hours
    36 hours
  • 6. Clean-up. While liquid, the material can be cleaned up with alcohol. After it has cured, it can only be removed by long exposure to epoxy stripper, sanding or infrared paint peeler.
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Surface Care - Furniture polish will prolong the life of the surface and clean smudges, etc. If scratches occur that cannot be polished out, clean with acetone, then re-coat with Envirotex Lite. This additional coat will remove all surface blemishes. Envirotex Lite is heat resistant, however, if should not be intentionally subjected to high temperatures such as cigarettes, cooking utensils, etc. Envirotex Lite is water and alcohol proof. Objects, when left on the surface for a period of time, may leave impressions on an Envirotex Lite surface (the coating is made tough, yet flexible so as to not be brittle and prone to shattering from impact). Impressions usually disappear in a few hours at normal 72° - 75°room temperatures. The warmer the environment, the more quickly impressions will appear and after items are removed, will disappear. This characteristic, coupled with outstanding moisture and chemical resistance, makes Envirotex Lite an ideal coating for bar tops, coffee tables and dining tables.
Creative Ideas - General Surface Coating. Envirotex Lite may be applied over most surfaces.
Wood Transfers Seeds
Decals Painted Surfaces Figurines
Oil Paints Metal Styrofoam
Pine Cones Straw Flowers Plaster
Rocks Beans Fabric
Bisque Dried Flowers Models
Paper Sea Shells Bread Dough
Tables / BarTops / Large Objects - We recommend a helper to speed the mixing process for large areas. Large or small, preparation is important. Table must be dry, sanded, level, free from sawdust, dirt or loose charred wood. Most raw wood is porous and should be sealed to prevent air bubbles from escaping into the final coat (see ‘seal coats”). After seal coat—flood generously with Envirotex Lite. Insure that the fluid is well distributed, covering all dry spots (follow steps under “bubbles”), and then leave it alone! Elevate a plastic drop cloth above the table as a dust cover. Give your table 2-3 days to cure undisturbed in a warm room before putting it into service.
Decoupage/Photographs/Newspaper Clippings - Envirotex has revolutionized the art of decoupage with ifs one-coat application. Use white glue to mount the items to be coated. If you are working with thin paper, then avoid “blotching” by sealing first with the white glue solution Make sure glue is thoroughly dry before coating with Envirotex Lite
 

TECHNIQUES

Thickness - Envirotex can be cast up to 1/2in. as the maximum thickness. It must be poured in 1/8in. layers with 8 hours in between layers. Thicknesses of over 1/2in. will appear amber in color.
Liquid Storage. For best results, fluids should be stored at 70-75°F prior to use. Both resin and hardener can be left in open containers but should be closed for long storage. The shelf life of this compound is approximately 1 year. All polymer compounds react in some way to the presence of humidity. Envirotex Lite has been developed and formulated in such a way that its reaction to humidity is minimized. Using Envirotex Lite in a room where humidity is under 50%will give best results.
NOTE - Due to the purity of the Envirotex Lite resin, a clouding or settling of the resin may occur in extremely cold conditions. Should this ‘clouding occur, place resin container in hot tap water until resin clears. Allow to cool to room temperature before combining with hardener.
Gluing -. If waiting 3-4 hours is no problem, then Envirotex Lite works very well as a glue. But, if you’re in a hurry, white glue works fine. Apply glue to the back of your print, photo, or whatever. Or if you wish, you can brush glue over the entire surface of the plaque and just lay the subject on top. Then use a roller or your hand to push air bubbles out from under the print. Be sure glue is dry before coating with Envirotex Lite.
Seal Coats. Open grain woods such as oak or walnut require a thin coat of Envirotex Lite prior to flood coating to prevent air from escaping from the wood into the thick fluid. To seal coat something, just mix up about 1/4 the amount you would use to flood coat, and spread it thinly over the entire surface, using a brush or scraper fool. This puts a thin film down over air passages, and seals them off. Occasionally two seal coats are required. Allow the seal coat to cure for at least 5 hours, and you are ready to flood coat the object. Porous fabric or paper should be sealed with one or two coats to white glue prior to flood coating. Envirotex Spray Sealer No. 4013 is available in a 13 oz. spray can. It is very fast drying and provides a quick re-coat over paper or wood and “stiffens” soft items such as dry flowers or fabrics
Bubbles. One of the important signs that you are mixing Envirotex Lite well enough is the appearance of bubbles while you are mixing. This is normal. Envirotex Lite has been specially formulated to de-gas itself, freeing most bubbles, automatically. Occasionally, however, bubbles will become trapped in the surface. They can be easily removed by exhaling your breath gently over the surface, or by carefully sweeping a propane torch across the liquid at a height of approximately 6-8 inches.
Torching. As mentioned above, torching is a method for releasing bubbles from a pour that may not de-gas itself. Care should be taken to avoid over torching. If wooden objects are not sufficiently seal coated prior to torching, the torching will cause wood to “bleed” air into a fresh coat of Envirotex Lite, and these bubbles are difficult to stop. The torch should never be held in one place, as this will permanently damage surface and coating. Use a swift, even sweeping motion when torching and never hold torch closer than 6 inches from surface
Satin Finish. The following method may be used to create a satin finish with Envirotex Lite after applied and completely cured. If after a period of time you decide you would like to change the satin finish back to high gloss, clean the surface thoroughly with acetone (to remove all wax and dirt) and re-coat with Envirotex. It will cure once again to a beautiful glossy surface.
  • a. To remove the gloss, rub the fully cured surface with wet or dry 0000 steel wool or #600 sandpaper. Rub with the grain of the wood or in small consistent circles.
  • b. Wipe the surface clean. Using a soft cloth or felt, apply a paste made of oil (i.e., decoupage “polishing oil”, linseed oil, or crude oil) and a carnauba based wax. Decoupage “polishing powder” may be used in place of the wax.
  • c. After letting the surface dry, rub off any wax and buff with a carnauba based wax.
Drips. Excess Envirotex Lite will drip over sides of the plaque or table as if is being poured. Pick up excess drips with a brush and coat the edges you missed when pouring the surface. Drips will harden on the bottom of your project during the curing process. One of the following methods will eliminate the drips.
  • a. Scrape them off the bottom while they are still fluid, about 30-40 minutes after pouring
  • b. BEFORE POURING, apply a generous coat of paste wax or masking tape to the edges of the back of the project. After the Envirotex Lite is cured, the drips can be popped off.
  • c. Drips can be sanded off after Envirotex Lite is cured. A circular sanding attachment on an ordinary hand drill works well
Before Attempting Large Projects: Envirotex Lite is easy to handle, but before attempting large projects, we recommend doing a small one to “get the feel” of applying Envirotex Lite.We recommend a helper to aid in mixing when coating large objects.

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