Clear Counter Top Epoxy Resin by Smooth-On
- Product name: Tarbender®.
- UV resistant clear liquid epoxy that creates an impact resistant high gloss coating.
- Each cast layer should be between 1.5 - 3.0mm thick.
- A higher viscosity resin only for thin layer applications such as bar counters and table tops.
General points for all resin work
- This is a thin film resin that is cast in layers between 1 - 3mm thick (normal is about 1.6mm). There is no limit to the number of layers that can be added. The resin is thick (has high viscosity) which enables it to be used on counter tops without building sides around the counter top to retain it. The downside of being thick and fast curing is that air bubble entrainment can be a problem which is why it should only be used in thin layers and torching is essential after pouring.
- Primarily used to create a clear, hard, high gloss coating on wooden bar counters and to encapsulate 3-D objects. Also use for resin art during which pigments are added and effects created.
- UV Stabilised (slow to yellow compared to non-stabilised resins).
- Fast curing which reduces the tendency for the formation of amine blush and enables the application of thin layers that would otherwise cure too slowly.
- Not approved for food contact and not suitable for heat contact above 80oC (thus not suitable for kitchen counters).
- Manufactured by Smooth-On in the USA.
- Mixing ratio is 100A : 41B by weight or 2A : 1B by volume.
These are not detailed instruction. You should download and read the User Instructions as a PDF from this webpage before purchasing. A copy will also be included with your order.
- UV Stabilised (slow to yellow compared to non-stabilised resins). It will still yellow if exposed to UV light or sunlight for long periods. If strongly pigmented or painted then it is fine for outdoor use.
- The fast cure time makes it less sensitive to application conditions but as amine blush can occur, do not use the resin in cold moist conditions.
- This allows it to be spread in a controlled way over surfaces without excess uncontrolled run-off. Once spread fairly evenly it will self-level to form a smooth glossy finish. There is thus no need to build sides around counter tops that you want to coat.
- The high viscosity supports pigments well with lower settling tendency. The fact that it is viscous leads to air entrainment problems so it should only be applied in thin layers (recommended layer thickness is 1.6mm). Torching after application is important to remove air.
- Fast curing is essential in thin layer applications as thin layers of slow curing resin would take days to harden at lower temperatures. Fast curing also reduces the tendency for amine blush formation.
- There are two downsides of fast curing: The pot life is short making it hard to mix and use large quantities at one time. Fast curing makes it hard to remove air and this limits the resin to thin layer applications.
1.41kg (1.29 litres)
7.05kg (6.47 litres)