Thursday, June 21, 2012

Entropy Resins

I stumbled upon this new product lines. It's based near Los Angels now and is moving to Hayward sometime this year. Their products recently became available at TAP Plastics in San Francisco Store, and I suppose they are planning on expansion.

You can buy their resin online. I haven't tried it but am looking forward to doing so. If I ever do try, I will let you know how it goes.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 3 on ECOPOXY Test

MICRO BUBBLES: I am thinking that this product does not respond well to carbon dioxide either from my breath or from propane flame, thus this won't be the best candidate for my project.

I suppose if you are always "vacuum bagging" (it's an epoxy jargon) or if you are using this in a vacuum chamber, micro-bubbles won't be an issue, but in a normal use in a normal room, it won't work - unless you are aiming at the foggy look in your final result.

MUCH LESS ODOR: I continue to experience much less odor from this product even with propane flame application on it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ecopoxy 600UV is now called UVPOXY

I continue to test UVPOXY, which used to be called Ecopoxy 600UV followed by yesterday's test.

Today I see things differently.

ODORLESS: I wonder if yesterday's resin odor was due to the fact that the sample bottle had never been open until yesterday. While using  UVPOXY I hardly noticed any odor. If I stick my nose very close I could sense a scent of resin, but otherwise I didn't notice the general fume in the air. Today I would say "almost odorless." I need to use larger amount to tell if it is still odorless. Maybe tomorrow... 

BUBBLES: I find it a little harder to deal with micro-bubbles than other brands. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Customer service of this company is very poor. No one answers the call, and voice mail is eventually returned much, much later. The online store, at the time of my purchase, was disorganized. PayPal link was not only broken but also leading me to a chaotic place, where using PayPal as a payment was impossible. If Paying with PayPal was impossible, it would have been a sensible thing to remove that option instead of getting customers lost online. I pointed that out to them, and they were annoyed instead of appreciating my feedback.

It was several months ago.  I don't know if this poor customer service situation is remedied by now.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ecopoxy 600UV

I bought a sample set of Ecopoxy UV600 while back ago, and I am finally testing it.
Here is what their web site claims:
"EcoPoxy® is the ONE green system that is odorless, *non-toxic, *safe, 100% solid, non-solvent, non-hygroscopic, non-conductive, versatile and price competitive. We have 26 years of industry experience and have put together "The Perfect Union between Science and Nature" in order to develop the SAFEST EPOXYavailable today. EcoPoxy® surpasses Southern California air quality standards. *Our resins, hardeners and top coats have an endless shelf life."

And here is what I experienced so far.

ODORLESS CLAIM: I still sense the same odor that I am familiar with. I think what it should say is "Less Odor" not "Odorless." My test mix is such a small amount, but it still smells as usual. Maybe less that usual? So far, I can't tell because I almost never mix this small amount.

MIXING AND POURING: I would say ecopoxy600UV behaved the same way as other products during mixing and pouring.  

: This is where I see something different about this product. At this time, it is "much less order" compared to other products. The heat from the propane burner usually intensifies the resin odor, but this product seems it throws off almost no extra fumes by heat during this process.
Another thing I noticed was that the resin does not get as hot as it usually does during de-bubbling. So, I feel a lot "safer" at this point. 

Photo below is the base of this test. I will continue to add layers to further study this product.