INTRODUCTION - JDiction 3X UV Protection Epoxy Resin
JDiction has been co-working with the largest epoxy resin manufacturer in the world and mainly sourced raw material of resin from southeast Asia to achieve the best value for premium quality.
This new formula has reached 3 times stronger UV protection than the regular epoxy resin in the market. From the laboratory UV test as you can see in the chat above, the degree of yellowing from UV light acheived by JDiction's new formulated product in the second year is less than that of any other brands in the first year. Our new formula containing a proprietary blend of UV and hindered amine light stabilizers to ensure the final art piece with crystal effect lasing for a long term.
Our products have gained reputations among beginners, resin crafters and artists with its professionsl-level quality, crystal clear results with this stunning surface of artwork. As resin crafters ourselves we highly value the safety and long-last effects of anti-yellowing and stability of our products.
With gloves on, measure equal amounts of A&B by volume, not weight.
Pour together into a mixing cup and mix slowly until absolutely no swirls are seen, scrape sides and bottom thoroughly. (Time:3-5 minutes) Tips：
* Stir slowly to avoid bubbles
Optionally, add in pigments or alcohol inks to get different appearance. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Slowly pour mixed resin down the side of the mould to avoid air bubbles.
* DO NOT add pigments for more than 6% of the total mixed volume.
Use a torch or heat gun on low in a sweeping motion about 8 inches from the resin to pop the bubbles. For smaller castings, bubbles can be popped with a toothpick.
- Avoid scraping the sides
- Cover your art to protect from dust overnight
- Prepare the mixture of A & B as the above.
- Slowly pour onto surface and allow the resin to naturally flow over entire surface.
- It is necessary to coat all surfaces of the mold and objects to be imbedded into resin to eliminate bubbles showing up while the resin cures.
- If the mold contain extremely small surface porosity, pouring asmall amount of resin onto the surface and trowel or brush a thin coat onto the surface prior.
- Allow to cure for 18-24 hours. If desired, a second coat can be added in as little as 4-6 hours.
The formation of bubbles mainly occurs when the resin is mixed, or the epoxy resin reacts with the surface on which it is coated, so you need to keep the surface clean and completely dry. Mix with a stick slowly, carefully and thoroughly.
- After pouring each side into your mixing cup, let resin sit for 3 minutes to allow some of the air bubbles to rise to the surface. Once at the surface, take astir stick and move the bubbles to the side of the cup and pop/crush.
- If you see tiny bubbles while the resin is still wet, you can use a torch or heat gun on low ~ 8 in from surface to remove bubbles. (Do not attempt to heat the epoxy—it can catch fire.)
- If you have a large air bubble, use a pin or needle to get the air out. Do this well before the resin starts to set or it can mar the finish.
- Use a drill to remove bubbles after the epoxy has hardened. Apply a second coat of resin to get a glassy, seamless finish.
Coloring 一 Do not use any water base dyes or additives. Any dry filler can be added to achieve different appearances.
Shelf Life - One year in unopened containers. Best if stored in a dry place in the box and out of direct light. Ideal storage temperature is 70F.
Work Area & Clean Up - Work in a dust free environment with good ventilation and temperatures between 70-80F. It is extremely difficult to remove from clothes, carpet, and other porous materials. While in the liquid form, use rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, or other mild solvents to clean up.
Surface Coverage - In order for resin to properly self-level and flow across surface, you must pour a generous amount of resin onto surface. For large surfaces, we recommend coating no more than 3 square feet at a time.
Sticky, Soft or Tacky Spots 一 Soft or sticky spots are a result of off ratio or inadequate mixing. Make sure you have measured the resin accurately by volume and equal parts, Then make sure to slowly mix the material thoroughly until absolutely no swirls can be seen.
What is epoxy resin and why is it safe to use?
Epoxy resin contains resin and hardener, mixed in a ratio of 1 ：1 to produce a chemical exothermic reaction, and finally solidify to form a transparent body with a certain hardness. Usually used for DIY models, making videos, key chains, resin tables, etc.
- The ratio must be mixed according to the volume ratio of 1:1.
- There are certain requirements for mixing time and ambient temperature.
- Stirring too fast during mixing will easily cause a lot of bubbles. JDiction is formulated using the highest quality materials which generates no Oder during usage, non-toxic (when used as directed) therefore SAFE FOR HOME TO USE.
What safe precautions should I take when using JDiction?
JDiction is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow：
-Work in a well ventilated area.
-Wear a respirator if ventilation is poor.
Epoxy resin is very sticky in its liquid form, so gloves will protect the user from a mess, as well as skin irritation. Clean skin promptly with soap and water if it does come in contact with the product.
If the product somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and do not rub. Promptly seek medical attention.
Why does my piece of artwork feel sticky/not hard as expected on the surface after enough curing time (24-48H)?
Generally, epoxy cures faster when the air temperature is warmer. Exothermic heat is produced by the chemical reaction that cures epoxy. The amount of heat produced depends on the thickness or exposed surface area of mixed epoxy. In a thicker mass, more heat is retained, causing a faster reaction and more heat.
Please check below and try to avoid them during the process：
- inaccurately measured
Measuring it properly means using graduated mixing cups to make sure you get accurate measurements.
You need to mix the resin well, scraping the sides of your cup and mixing utensil as you go.
- there is residue in the mixing cup
If you reused the mixing cup, make sure clean it before use.
- inclusions are not dry
If you want to add inclusions into resin, make sure inclusions completely dry.
- room temperature is unsuitable
Epoxy is a sensitive product for time and temperature. Resin cures best in a room temperature of low 75-85°F. Make sure to mix your resin at the right temperature.
How come fisheyes appear on my piece?
What's the solution for it?
This problem mostly occurs in applying on tumblers, and on subjects with smoother surfaces. Possible reasons as below：
- Contaminated by grease or stains. Allow the stain/sealer to cure completely and/or remove the pledge or polish asbest as possible before proceeding. Lightly sand the existing epoxy with grit. Care should be taken not to cut through the stain. Apply another seal coat of epoxy, working to fill in the craters. Allow the epoxy to cure hard, sand the entire application flat, and re-coat to finish.
- The coating is too thin. Allow the existing epoxy to cure hard and block sand flat using 120-150 grit until leveled. If the cratering is minimal, you can use a squeegee to fill in those areas with epoxy and then sand flat.
- Apply on products with too smooth surface. This can be avoided by sanding with grit. Allow the existing epoxy to cure hard and block sand flat using grit until leveled. If the cratering is minimal, you can use a squeegee to fill in those areas with epoxy and then sand flat.
Proceed by re-coating with epoxy. (Note: Items with the too-smooth surface are not suitable for epoxy resin coating. Because it can*t be well combined, fisheyes are prone to appear. Ifs like water and not smooth on the glass. Meanwhile, it may also fall off after curing.)
Is JDiction Epoxy Resin against yellowing?
The fact is that epoxy resins in general are prone to yellowing and other degradative effects from UV light. A UV stabilizer contained in most epoxy resin products in the market helps to delay the epoxy's natural yellowing process then the question is how much delay they can achieve. JDiction's new formulated materials have reached 3 times stronger UV protection as it contains both UV stabilizer and advanced addictive hindered amine light stabilizer to interrupt the yellowing process and ensure high gloss effects in a longer term.
What makes my piece cloudy or dull?
Cloudy or dull epoxy is typically caused by excessive moisture. Specifically, moisture from excessive humidity in the area where the epoxy was applied or excessive moisture in/on the concrete application surface. Be sure to eliminate all water before applying epoxy. Never apply epoxy when relative humidity is over 75%. Solutions*
- Re-coat with a layer of doming resin. Use the resin like a glaze. Brush it over the surface of your cloudy resin and allow it to cure.
- Apply a couple of light layers of resin gloss sealer spray. This method is the best choice for resin charms that have a lot of grooves and irregular surfaces.