Here's a few Do's and Don'ts to help when you get started.
We meticulously dry and screen our Daltex dried aggregates so there is minimal dust when you come to add this product to the resin. All the dust will do is soak up the resin giving you a cloudy finish
Get trained! It looks easy but there are things that can go easily wrong, all happily avoidable by attending a good training course.
We recommend the use of UV resin for external applications, non UV resin can discolour quickly and can completely alter the colour of the finished surface. This is especially more apparent when using the lighter coloured aggregates just as the Daltex Silver or Daltex Beige.
It sounds a simple thing, but it will save you time and money trying to get all that cured resin mixture off your barrow.
Make sure all the batches are mixed for the same time every time.
Altering the times a batch is mixed for will effect the curing time and how hard it is to lay it. This will lead to over trowelling. If you over trowel the mix it will make the different batches look different colours, giving a patchy effect.
This will make sure that it is completely blended together so you will not get some aggregates with more resin and not enough hardener on. This will lead to areas that are resin rich and will not cure correctly.
Not cleaning your trowel regularly of any resin will lead to a build up of resin. This will cause you to start over trowelling the mix which will lead to a patch effect on the finished surface, even to the extent that it will look like two different aggregates have been used.
Be aware of the temperature on site as this can effect the curing times and therefore the finished result and refer to the resin manufacturers guidelines. Also it will be harder to trowel on as it gets hotter due to the increased setting time with the heat. In the cold, the resin will not cure as easily. When using the UV-stable resin in cold conditions, the addition of a catalyst is necessary to achieve adequate cure rates.
This will cause the resin to foam and to cloud. This will leave unsightly white stains in the finished surface. It's always handy to have a tarpaulin available in case of any unexpected rain showers. This is especially important before the resin has had chance to cure.
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