Can Heat Make the Resin Dry Faster?
At Southern Illinois Epoxy, most of our epoxy resin installation projects happen during warmer and dry seasons. But not every season is summer yet we still install epoxy floors. How is this possible? We set the room conditions to make our epoxy mixture on the floor to cure quickly.
You can get a warmer room by lighting lamps in the room. A heater or a heat lamp can work great for this purpose. This can be done before the project begins, during the process, and after applying epoxy on the floor surface. What you need to achieve is temperatures between 24 degrees to 30 Degrees Celcius to help rapidly cure your epoxy. With enough heat in the room, you can start using your floor surface the following day. If the temperature goes below the 24ºC, expect it not to cure and remain sticky indefinitely. If it goes beyond 30ºC, it will cure too fast.
Maintaining the temperature between 24ºC and 30ºC is critical for the epoxy resin to cure properly. Otherwise, it will cure soft or take forever to cure. So what happens with projects that happen on large floor surfaces? It can be challenging to achieve the temperature required but it’s not impossible. Some of the things you can do include;
- Closing off sections of the floor and heating that specific area with a heater. If it’s too hot, use an air conditioner to cool it. If the project is happening in a home, you just need to enclose individual rooms ( an epoxy garage for example) and move to the next when you finish.
- Sometimes you need to create resin hot boxes for such large projects. This device ensures the area within the box gets an ideal temperature to cure. These boxes are also great to protect against the unwanted dirt and dust that might fly to contaminate your epoxy installation.