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    Which epoxy for dead flat surfaces? and hardness?

    I poured some epoxy last night trying to make a DIY surface plate of sorts. The product I used looks fantastic but it is not dead flat. So I was wondering if any and all epoxy's will self level to dead flat?

    Maybe some are more runny than others and flatten out more? If so what is the chemical make up so that I can get some stuff over here in Australia. There may not be the same brand of epoxy over here.
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    Epoxy supplier Australia

    Hi Apples

    One company worth talking to is Vivacity Engineering. New South Wales is closest to you.

    Have a look at:
    Megapoxy H Clear
    Megapoxy HICB It’s used in rotary rock crushers to stick the wear plates on the bowl
    However take their advice there may be a better product for your application.

    You can find them on the net

    I have not used these yet but an order is on the way They were recommended by a friend I trust.

    Cheers

    John (Melbourne)

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    Apples,did you apply any heat?Heat will thin the epoxy to flow better.
    Larry
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    How about E-bay.Au?Ace
    Epoxy Clear Coat 1:1 ratio - 5kg kit | eBay
    Larry G'Day
    L GALILEO THE EPOXY SURFACE PLATE IS FLAT

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    Yep I heated the surface with a little propane burner, it was pretty cool how effective it was at popping all the tiny bubbles.

    That ebay epoxy, which I did look at before. They have different ratios. 5:1, 2:1 and 1:1. The stuff I used was 1:1. Although it was not their stuff I dare say it would be very similar to what I used.

    I think that in places it is quite flat, that is just going off the edge of a metal rule. When I put my builders level on the surface before I started I needed to raise the front up by about just under 1/4".

    Now with the level on it it has not made any difference that I can really tell, although the epoxy is thicker at the front as compared to the back of the bench top.

    Theses guys precision epoxy claim .003 or better flatness using theri FP-85 or FP-80 epoxy's. I'd like to know what those epoxy's are so I can source that locally here. It is a 2:1 ratio.
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    My best guess is that you should look for an epoxy that is
    - low viscosity, ie as fluid as possible.
    - very slow curing
    - totally free of solvents

    The hardness comes from using hard filler, ie sand/rock/granite at as high ratio as practically possible. You should be able to reach around 10-12% epoxy.
    Prewarming the epoxy and filler will also make it more fluid, but not too much or it will start hardening too fast. Finger warm might be right.

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    we cast up tables a few times a year and after they are set hard machine them down to get a surface, even though the table need to be 3000 x 2000 mm we are lucky that the machin is able to do it its self. this save a lot of messing around with finshes etc
    regards Mark

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    Not sure you will ever get epoxy dead flat. Might want to talk to Magnolia Plastics or Smooth-on. Magnolia does a ton of different epoxies and custom blends. Smooth-on does casting supplies.

    I think you would get much better results if you use an actual surface plate and make a reverse casting of it then separate your epoxy and turn it over. Make some side walls on the plate and use some modeling clay or silicone where the walls sit on the plate on the outside corners. I would use some type of mold release. You can get that from Smooth-on also.

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    FWIW

    I have tried Megapoxy H from Vivacity Engineering and could not get anywhere near a flat surface with 3 tries although the surface looks nice. I supose I could have made a mistake but I'm sure I followed instruction perfectly. BTW, this stuff was approx $1000 worth of Epoxy I got from an engineer friend for free.
    The US Composites product looks fantastic but there doesn't seem to be an equivalent here in Australia and it's out of the question to import.

    The stuff on eBay looks cheap etc but where are TDS abd physical properties info? The last time I asked a seller (not necessarily the one that Igalla links to) for them I got no reply, I wonder why. I can't be bothered with any seller that doesn't delcare info like this and states vague stuff like "low viscosity Epoxy".

    I am getting my 1000x1000mm surface plate soon and will try the replication method using thin Mylar sheet to protect the Granite as I don't trust release agents. The last thing I want to do is ruin my $2000+ surface plate!

    -Mark

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    Re: Which epoxy for dead flat surfaces? and hardness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zathras View Post
    FWIW

    I am getting my 1000x1000mm surface plate soon and will try the replication method using thin Mylar sheet to protect the Granite as I don't trust release agents. The last thing I want to do is ruin my $2000+ surface plate!

    -Mark
    How did it go? I am planning to do the same thing, using a granite kitchen counter top as a poor man surface plate.

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    Re: Which epoxy for dead flat surfaces? and hardness?

    Maybe some are more runny than others and flatten out more chinese buffets near me If so what is the chemical make up so that I can get some stuff over here in Australia. There may not be the same brand of epoxy over here.

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