Laying Resin Bonded Surfacing

3 tips to successfully lay your resin trade kit

In this week’s blog post, we have composed three critical rules for you to follow when you are applying your resin trade kit.

We recommend you follow these three rules to achieve the best results and ensure a long-lasting and striking finished product!

#1. Follow the instructions

Read and follow the instructions provided with your resin trade kit carefully – you will find application guides and video tutorials on our website. A simple rule but it can sometimes be overlooked! It is important to understand the specifics of your mix and even if you are familiar with applying resin surfaces, check that these kits don’t differ from what you are used to! Different kits may have specific guidelines and ratios for mixing the resin and hardener.

Adhering to the instructions will ensure that you have the correct measurements and ratios for optimal curing and a successful outcome. Making sure you have an adequate amount of resin & aggregate for your specified area is also key – measure, then measure again – this includes the square meterage area AND depth of your installation. RSD recommends a 10% material contingency.

#2. Prepare your workplace

Set up a clear & clean work area before you start working with resin. Sweeping the area to remove any debris is essential and making sure the surface is dry is also beneficial. Apply masking tape to any adjoining edges is also necessary to avoid resin transfer and to give you clean, tidy edges around the entirety of the job. Ensure the area you are working on is clear of any spills or moisture of any kind.

We would recommend you use some form of protective sheeting such as a tarpaulin to mix your resin on, as you don’t want to damage existing areas around the job! Don’t forget to wear appropriate PPE; we would recommend gloves and long sleeves to protect skin from resin material. Our Decra-Set & Decra-Stone kits are both non-hazardous, but also very sticky! Safety boots and face masks are recommended for extra protection if required.

#3. Take your time and be patient

Working with resin requires patience and attention to detail. Take your time to mix the resin and hardener accurately. Mix thoroughly and keep your mixing time consistent, as this can affect the result. Resin and aggregates should be mixed for consistent amounts of time for all mixes from start to finish; this helps to maintain consistency in the finished product. Varying mixing times can cause inaccurately mixed resin resulting in a failed cure and product failure.

Inconsistent aggregate mixing can lead to the creation of excess dust which can directly change the colour a kit dries down to. If using an accelerator in lower temperatures, ensure you read the dosing instructions very carefully so as not to waste material by over-hardening. Similarly in high summer, the product pot life will be significantly reduced by direct sunlight and extreme surface temperatures meaning a much shorter working window.

Check your work regularly from all angles to make any amendments or repairs while the area is still workable and reachable! Use white spirit or another solvent lubricant to lubricate tools for a top-quality smooth result.

Follow these tips to ensure a successful application of your resin surface!

It is far from rocket science, but there is always a right and wrong way to go about it! Be sure to check our application guides on our website and give our videos a quick watch to acquire all the knowledge needed to successfully apply your resin surface today!

If you still don’t feel confident about laying this type of surfacing yourself, take a look at our training courses or call the office on 01858 881111, to give you first-hand experience!

RSD has more than 30 years’ unrivalled trading history in providing high quality resin based surfacing materials to contractors and the avid DIYer.

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