If you're starting out, I'd go with an epoxy that lasts 60mins. That way you have time to play around with your own flocking technique and see what works best for you. I've been flocking for about 2 1/2 years and I still prefer the the longer setting epoxy. I'd start out with a longer set and then go with what suits you best in the end.
Post by Ray (Flock Man) on Apr 12, 2010 21:48:07 GMT -5
Don't worry if you've already opened the 5 minute epoxy- save it because you can mix various epoxies and shorten or lengthen cure times. First test the a small amount of any given mixing and see how it sets up and cures. Many times even if the epoxies have different chemical make ups they still will cure to themselves and interlock with each other. Through this you can find a cured finish that has some flexibility. To use a 5 minute epoxy you'd have to really be on your game because it'll start to skin a little in 3 minutes and it takes about 30 to 40 seconds to mix the resin with the hardener completely. Cool and damp climate may get you an additional amount of time. Once you have enough practice in using easy to remove glue like PVA types. Start using a 30 to 60 minute type. I try to get epoxy that has separate bottles for hardener and resin because many times the plunger types that mix for you get screwed up on the ratio and it ruins the batch. Also using different hardeners mixed with others will give different results. On a 1 to 1 mix ratio epoxy you could mix a 1 to a 1/2 and the epoxy will not set up until the other half is added right before applying.