Thanks Ben, i was just reading the FAQ on the stuff and came across that. Do you have to brush the solarez on or can you dip it?
You can do either.
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Solarez Uv Top Coat
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 04:08 PM
You can do either.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:45 AM
I've tried looking for the mekp, but have had no luck. I found the substitute at Ace Hardware. After a little google searching, it seems mekp is some very very nasty stuff. As in, if you get any in your eyes at all you will go blind. Anybody have experience with this stuff? Is it as bad as it sounds, or is it comparable to say acetone in toxicity?
I received a sample of the casting resin from solarez that I wanted to experiment with using the mekp method. The idea of only having to add mekp to a resin sounded promising to me, and I'm always trying to find something better too.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:25 AM
You can find MEKP at Lowes, WalMart and most auto parts stores. It's most commonly used to harden fiberglass resin. In fact, most places just call it fiberglass resin hardener. I use it in Solarez and for fiberglass work. For small work, you typically only use drops of it at a time. Use the same precations for MEKP as you would for any solvent like acetone, turpentine etc.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:47 AM
After reading all the posts about this product, I'm seriously thinking about giving it a try. I've been using Etex and D2T. Has anyone bought and/or used the UV-A lamp that Solarez has for sale to use with this product? Or do you guys buy the fluorescent light from the posted link and made your own UV curing box?
Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:41 AM
I bought 2 24" black lights from walmart (with the fixture) for $11 each. Work great.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:58 AM
Don't waste your money on that UV bulb they sell on their site..Like Mad Moose said..Get a black light bulb and fixture from Walmart ...Nathan
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:17 PM
Thank you very much gentlemen for your quick replies. I might have to look elsewhere though. Either Home Depot, Lowes or Ace Hardware. The nearest Walmart from me is 21 miles.
Forgot to ask. For those that are brushing it on, are you fellas using foam brushes or bristle brushes? I just use the foam brushes when I use Etex.
Edited by cereal killer, 14 May 2013 - 12:24 PM.
Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:34 PM
I've never used a foam brush...just a soft bristle brush.A foam brush may be worth a shot...Nathan
Posted 14 May 2013 - 01:06 PM
anyone knows the density of solarez? is it like etex & d2t?
Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:45 PM
And so it begins.......
I received my Solarez. And I got a black light from Amazon. We'll see how it works eh.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:53 PM
I have that same flashlight but only use it to pre-set the Rez or do small touch ups before going to the sun for final curing. It works well but I have come to believe that an hour in the sun really puts the final cure and fully hardens the Solarez to it's fullest potential.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:15 PM
You guys are about to convince to spend (yet) more money....
Hey Quickdraw.... Not trying to be a wiseacre but do you have to wait for a sunny day when you do coatings or will practically any daylight do?
Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:31 PM
There are UV's present even on a cloudy day, just not as strong. Look-up you local weather on the net and you can probably find your UV index. Where I live we have 362 days of sunshine a year and most of the time the UV index is 9 or 10 so I don't worry about finding a good source of UV's.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:23 PM
We'll do that quickdraw. By the way, this thing doesn't like sharpies.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:12 AM
Not over a sharpie but I have marked on the Solarez with a Sharpie and that holds up pretty well. You could try to heat-set the sharpie first before coating or a quick coat of some other clear before the Solarez.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:11 AM
Has anyone found a solvent for Solarez? I tried brushing it on one bait and thought the brush was screwed for good. Tried denatured alcohol and acetone as well as soap and water. None of which seemed to work very well.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:29 AM
I've just soaked my brush in Acetone and it worked fine.I was watching a video that Dahlburg did using a UV topcoat and he doesn't clean his brush...he wraps foil around it and keeps it out of an UV lighting...Nathan
Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:56 PM
I put some Acetone in a small jar so I can reuse it for awhile and it cleans my acid brushes just fine.