Resin Additives

Resin Additives


Accelerator

Accelerator

Most resins are supplied with  accelerator already added. Small amounts of accelerator can be added to pre accelerated resin to speed up the cure time. Always mix the accelerator thoroughly into the resin BEFORE the catalyst. Never allow catalyst to come into contact with accelerator as this can cause a fire or explosion.
Catalyst / Hardner

Catalyst / Hardner

All resins, including Gel coat, must be catalysed with hardener before use. Uncatalysed resin simply will not harden. Hardener(catalyst) is availiable as paste or liquid.( catalyst, especialy in liquid form must be handled with special care taking extra precautions)
Wax Solution

Wax Solution

This is used to eliminate the surface tackiness caused by gelcoats and some resins when used as a final coating as in sheathing. Flowcoats which have the wax already added can be purchased but these must never be used as an initial gelcoat as in moulding. Resins or gelcoats applied with wax solution added will always need to be abraded if further coats are necessary.
Styrene

Styrene

Used as a thinner, styrene is added to resin to make an innitial primer when sheathing wooden structures.