Updated: Jan 7
iCoat Products has been in the business in North America for 30 years, and creates quality products with superior results. At ArtWorks Resin Canada, we carry 4 of iCoat's casting resins, and 2 of iCoat's top-coating resins, plus a fast set epoxy, a urethane and a honing oil.
The iCoat products we are currently stocking in Canada, include:
2 High Heat Counter Top/Art Epoxy Resins, two viscosity choices:
Regular Countertop/Art epoxy is a High viscosity - iCoat CT60
Medium viscosity Countertop/Art epoxy - iCoat CTMV
4 Castings Epoxy Resins
1:1 ratio - iCoat CE4100 HV
2:1 ratio - iCoat TP21 Hard Cast (48 hour cure)
2:1 ratio - iCoat TP24 FC Hard Cast apx 24 hour cure
Deep Pour 2:1 - iCoat Depth
Fast Set epoxy - iCoat Fast Set
Urethane Primer/Sealer/Clear Coat that can also be used as a fast set - iCoat Wood Primer sealer Urethane 2112
Note: For lathe turning projects, Metal Illusion (is actually an iCoat flooring epoxy), but cures super hard and can be used for lathe type projects. If using on a floor, can be top coated with Renew which is a sacrificial acrylic coating or industrial grade urethane (I have a small number of small kits of Metal Illusion in Canada, not shown on website, contact if interested. Or if larger volumes required, enquire about special ordering.).
Note: When using iCoat products, this manufacturer strongly advises use of a thermal gun (digital infrared thermometer), for achieving best results using their epoxies, and consistency. This will take the guesswork out of epoxy temperature, as the temperature of a room is not an effective guide. As you get used to using the thermometer, and you automatically check the temperature each and every time you use epoxy, you will achieve regular and consistent results with your projects.
Where a project requires epoxy warmed for best results, iCoat suggests putting the bottles in a bucket of hot tap water (that correctly fits the bottles, so they don't tip sideways). Water conducts heat 20x faster then air, so it will work better & faster then a seed matt or other warming options.
***Different projects and epoxies may require epoxy be heated more than others, so please refer to manufacturers recommendations.
If you are pouring the epoxy into a mould, you will need to ensure you get it to correct temperature to have the most clear bubble free results. But please do not heat higher then recommended or you can cause overheating, which can cause premature yellowing.
Visit image gallery of more products made using iCoat epoxies on our iCoat information page
DETAILS, FEATURES AND CHARACHTERISTICS OF ICOAT EPOXIES:
iCoat CT Countertop / Art Epoxy (info applies to both regular Countertop & Medium Viscosity Version)
The regular Countertop is a High viscosity epoxy, the Medium is medium viscosity
Pot Life/Work Time 35-40 minutes depending on temperature & any added heat, Put on substrate as soon as possible to get most work time. If left to sit in cup, pot life will be quickly reduced.
Next layer or recoat can be done in 8 hours or so. The thicker CT60 may be a bit faster then the CT Medium Viscosity.
Self levels up to 1/8" thick
Max pour depth 1/8" or 3/16" up to 1/4" (deeper on some jewelry type items, mass & volume dependent).
Cures to touch in 24 hours or overnight in warm room (continues to cure harder over next several days). The CT60 will cure slightly quicker then the CT Medium Viscosity.
Do not cure in cool temperature, or cure may be incomplete.
High heat 500F scorch resistant.
Shore D hardness at 14 days cure is D85 (at 7 days cure is D80).
iCoat CT60 Countertop & Medium Viscosity Art Epoxy - Instructions:
Thoroughly mix equal parts of Resin Part A with Hardner Part B in a clean, dust free container, with a wooden, (plastic or metal) paint stir stick. Stir for 3-4 minutes, continually scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing container as well as the stir stick. Transfer entire contents into a second container and mix for an additional 1-2 minutes (this is not necessary if you are confidant with your mix). Mix a maximum of 1/2 gallon Part A to 1/2 gallon Part B. Mixing larger amounts will significantly decrease working time. Pour immediately onto countertop leaving a small amount in container for edges. Spread epoxy evenly using a foam brush. After applying, bubbles will appear. Use a propane torch held 6 inches from the surface, and sweep rapidly across entire surface until bubbles disappear. Process may need to be repeated if additional bubbles appear. This will leave a glass-like finish.
For best curing results, room temperature should be between 75-85F (24-29C). Cured to the touch in 24 hours, complete cure in 7 days.
iCoat CT Countertop & Medium Viscosity Art Epoxy Resin, General Information:
iCoat Countertop/Art epoxy is an excellent finish coat for all types of surfaces iCoat Counter/Art Resin will produce a crystal clear high-gloss finish with unparalleled non-yellowing protection. iCoat countertop/art epoxy has excellent bubble release properties and can be built to ¼” in a single pour. Self-levelling. This epoxy is formulated with excellent UV resistant properties, meets all usual countertop food-safe standards, and is scorch resistant to 500 degrees. This epoxy is also an excellent choice for jewelry, tumblers, coasters, doming and many other craft projects as well as being durable enough to withstand the busiest of restaurant tabletops and kitchens.
iCoat Countertop/Art Resin is the epoxy of choice for artisans and hobbyists working with jewelry, tumblers, coasters, cutting boards, and more. Low odor, safe for use indoors. Apply up to 1/4” thick over an area and to 1” mass in smaller molds producing crystal clear results.
Product Description: iCoat Countertop/Art Resin (Epoxy & Hardener) will produce a crystal clear high-gloss finish with unparalleled non-yellowing protection. Formulated specifically for Art. Self-leveling. Cures to touch in 24 hrs, fully cured in 3 - 7 days.
Application Instructions: Great for use with shallow silicone molds and art projects. Adheres to most material surfaces. Epoxy & Hardener must be between 75-85°F (24-29°C). Humidity should be under 60%. Temperature plays a huge part in great results.
Wearing nitrile gloves, mix equal parts of Epoxy & Hardener in a clean container with a stir stick. Stir until even texture (no striations following stirring stick in mix cup). To spread evenly on a dust-free non-porous surface use a foam brush. This will produce a glass-like finish. For the best curing results, room temperature should be between 75-85°F (24-29°C).
Surface Preparation: All areas must be dry and dust free. Try to use in a clean dust free environment.
Important Temperature Tip: Get your epoxy to a more workable temperature by ensuring the bottles are not cold, but warm.
You can leave the bottles sitting in semi-hot water to slowly warm before mixing the two parts together. Be sure to thoroughly dry the bottles off so no drips of water from outside the bottle can enter your mix cup while pouring, because that will effect the cure negatively.
Some people use a heat mat (seed warmers or reptile/pet heat mats also work) to set their bottles on to warm (use thermal gun to check if it's warm enough for desired results, as a seed matt may not bring it to high enough temperature).
Your work time/pot life will be effected by the temperature of the epoxy. If epoxy is too hot, or if it sits in mix cup, it can go into pre-mature exotherm (some also refer to it as flash curing).
If your epoxy is too cool, it will have tons of additional bubbles during & after mixing, and it will be harder to mix fully, which can cause an undesirable finish.
Storage and Handling: Store at or above 60°F (15.5°C). Do not store in direct sunlight. Non-flammable. No VOCs, fumes, or BPAs. Certified food-safe when cured.
Thinking about working on a few projects to bring to life and add magic? The Countertop/Artist Resin 1 gallon kit is a “clear” way to get amazing results.
The Countertop/Artist Resin 1 Gallon kit is enough to get you started and motivated for your next project.
iCoat CE4100 HV Casting Epoxy
Medium-High Casting Viscosity
Pot Life/Work Time 40-50 minutes, dependent on temperature & any added heat in environment.
min pour about 1/4” up to max about 1”
Can typically pour two pours/layers in to a mould in a day (morning and evening).
Cures to touch in 24 hours (volume, mass & temperature dependent). Thin layers will take longer.
Heat tolerance between 250-300F
Shore D hardness at 7 days cure is D58, at 14 days cure is D63
iCoat 1:1 ratio Casting Epoxy (CE4100 HV Casting Epoxy), Pour up to 1" thick, Cures to touch in 24 hours. Continues to cure over the next several days.
iCoat CE4100 HV Casting (1:1) Epoxy will produce a crystal clear glass-like finish.
16 fl oz (472ml) covers approximately 30 sq ft.
iCoat CE4100 HV is iCoats most popular epoxy for floral preservation projects.
iCoat CE4100 HV Casting Epoxy is a medium viscosity. To help lower the viscosity for best bubble release, you can warm the bottles in a bucket of hot water. Try to find a bucket that will hold bottle sizes you have upright, without tipping sideways while set in water.
Using thermal gun/infrared thermometer, check the temperature of the epoxy by taking off the cap, and shoot the thermal gun down the neck of the bottle. Temperature should come to 82F, for best results.
Ideally once Parts A & B are at 82F, you can mix (can even mix with a drill). Once it is correct temperature bubbles will not be an issue as the heat will cause them to dissipate. Mix approximately 3-4 minutes or so, depending on volume. Ensure you scrape sides and bottom to incorporate any resin that may be sitting on those edges. Do not spend more time mixing then necessary or you are speeding up pot life. You can tell if it is mixed well enough, by watching if there are striations (string like sections) following your stirring. Most mix issues are due to not being mixed thoroughly, however switching to a 2nd cup once mixed with this resin brand is not suggested or necessary, unless you struggle with mixing issues. Switching to a 2nd cup just uses up valuable pot life and increases chances for pre-mature exotherm with the thicker viscosity epoxies.
Let sit for only 30-40 seconds to pop any bubbles in cup, then pour as quickly and carefully as possible in to your moulds. Any bubbles introduced should rise to the top where you can use a plastic toothpick or a needle to pop.
iCoat TP21 Casting Epoxy (Hard Cast)
Low-Medium casting viscosity
Pot Life/Work Time 40-60 minutes, dependent on temperature & any added heat in environment.
Pour 1/8" up to 2” (temperature, volume, mass & mould shape dependent)
This epoxy is a slower cure, and will still be liquidy at 24 hours. Cures to touch in about 48 hours (volume, mass & temperature dependent). Very Thin layers may take longer.
Heat tolerance between 250-300F
Shore D hardness at 7 days cure is D74, at 14 days cure is D78
ICoat TP24 FC casting is the quicker cure version of TP21 .
iCoat 2:1 Casting Epoxy (TP21 Hard Casting Epoxy), Pour 1/8" to 2" deep, Cures to touch in 48 hours. Continues to cure over the next several days.
iCoat TP21 Casting Epoxy will produce a crystal clear glass-like finish.
16 fl oz (472ml) covers approximately 30 sq ft.
This is a hard curing durable resin. Can be used on thin castings like for jewellry, bookmarks, wine caddies, bubble free coasters and more. Great for river tables, floral casting & more.
iCoat Depth Casting Epoxy, Deep Casting Epoxy
Low casting viscosity
Pot Life/Work Time 2+ hours, dependent on temperature & any added heat in environment.
Pour 1.5" up to 3-4" deep
Cures to the touch in 48 to 72 hours (depending on volume). If poured at 2 1/2" plus, about 48 or so hours to demould (volume, mass & temperature dependent). Thinner than recommended depth will take a lot longer to cure.
Bubble free (when used at correct temperatures).
Heat tolerance between 250-300F
Shore D hardness at 7 days cure is D65, at 14 days cure is D71
iCoat Depth 2:1 Deep Pour Casting Epoxy
Ideal for river tables, and any projects requiring deeper pouring ability.
Pour from 1.5" up to 3-4" deep, application dependent. Pouring under 1 1/2" is not recommended for this product, as it will take a very extended time to cure in the lower volume depths.
Cures to the touch in 24 hours. Continues to cure over the next several days.
iCoat Depth 2:1 Casting Epoxy will produce a crystal clear glass-like finish.
iCoat Depth 2:1 Deep Pour Casting Epoxy Instrucitons:
Mixing: Thoroughly mix 2 parts of Resin Part A with 1 part Hardener Part B, in a clean, dust free container, with a paint stir stick. Stir for 3-4 minutes, continually scraping the the sides and bottom of the mixing container as well as the stir stir stick. Transfer entire contents into a second container and mix for an additional 1-2 mintues. Mix a maximum of 1 gallon Part A to 1/2 gallon Part B. Mixing larger amounts will significantly decrease working time. Pour immediately onto countertop or river table, leaving a small amount in container for edges. Spread epoxy evenly using a foam brush. After applying, bubbles will appear. Use a propane torch, held approximately 6 inches from surface and sweep rapidly across entire surface until bubbles disappear. Process may need to be repeated if additional bubbles appear. This will leave a glass-like finish. For best curing results room temperature should be between 75-85F (24-29C). Cured to the touch in 24-48 hours, complete cure in 7-10 days.
iCoat epoxies listed above are at 90% full cure after one week, and about 95-98% cured at two weeks. Many resins continue to harden for up to 3 weeks, at which time they reach their full hardness, and also reach their full heat tolerance.
iCoat epoxies have the most current & up to date UV formulas added to help with UV Resistance & aging.
iCoat epoxies above are all 100% solid system epoxies.
iCoat epoxies above are all Super High Gloss - 135-140 on Gloss Scale.
Can be honed down to 85-90 if desired.
iCoat epoxies above are all FDA compliant and meet food safety guidelines.
iCoat epoxies accept all our pigments, micas and our other colourants.
iCoat epoxies are all No VOC's
iCoat epoxies are all 12 month shelf life unopened, 6 months once opened.
iCoat Urethane 2112 Clear Coat, Wood Primer/Sealer (also works as a Fast-Set option)
This is a high gloss, clear, non-yellowing, single component, quick drying ureth
ane dispersion, that is designed as a finish top coat. U2112 provides excellent adhesion over prepared substrates. Dry time is between 30-45 minutes depending on temperature and humidity.
iCoat Urethane 2112 Clear Coat, is a high gloss, clear, non-yellowing, single component
, quick drying urethane dispersion, that is designed to top coat over many of iCoat's products. (Often used on more iCoat Products aside from what we are currently carrying in Canada - iCoat Metal Illusion system, iCoat Flooring, and iCoat wall system, iCoat garage flooring system).
U2112 provides excellent adhesion over prepared substrates. Dry time is between 30-45 minutes depending on temperature and humidity.
Fast-drying Urethane sealer can have multiple layers and can be sanded. The best way to seal wood preventing and mitigating outgassing/bubbles that may form on wood projects prior to coating with epoxy. Also works great as a sealer for wood decks and in places that moisture becomes present. Instead of using fast-set epoxies that have a tendency to yellow, use 2112 as your base coat on tumblers so you can get all the bling onto them before adding the epoxy clear coat. Make sure it is completely dry before putting resin over it. You can use a heat gun or blow dryer to help process.
Note: Applying with a brush will leave brush streaks, so most applications are rolled on.
High Gloss Clear Coat
Great surface prep for resin projects (can also be used to seal glitter, vinyl, decals marble dips & more).
Can also use 2112 on tumblers to apply glitter and fabric and more.
iCoat Fast Set
This can be used on tumblers, or to set embellishments. It is yellow, so only use underneath as it is not designed to be used on top coats.
If using on a vertical surface (such as shorter sides or sidewall), brush the Fast Set on, wait 5 minutes, brush another layer on, wiat 5 mintues, then follow with applying your embellishment (such as flakes, sand or glitter.
Storage and Handling:
Caution: Irritant. Store at or above 60F (15.5C). Do not store in direct sunlight. Liquid and ambient temperature of 75F (23.8C) will produce optimal results.
Emergency and First Aid Procedures: Avoid skin contact. Wear nitrile gloves when handling. If skin contact occurs, wash immediately with soap and water, if abrasion is needed add sugar & a bit of oil to the soap mix (or use a mechanics degreaser scrub). If irritation persists, get medical attention. Eye protection is recommended. If eye contact occurs, flush with large quantities of water. If hardener or mixed resin and hardener is swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Dilute by giving water or milk to drink. If resin (part a) only is ingested, induce vomiting. Always get immediate medical attention if swallowed. Keep out of reach of children.
REFER TO MSDS BEFORE OPENING
(Available at www.iCoatProducts.com)
Here is an article from an iCoat art customer that might be of interest, called, "the Top 10 Things I learned the first time I used Epoxy Resin".
Note: (PS, for removing bubbles in moulds, I don't recommend using a torch when using silicone moulds. If it's a surface pour with easy access to top, you can use a bbq lighter and keep flame above project & away from the mould edges. Or, Many artists instead use a small fine misting spray of isopropyl alcohol), for example on lower layers in deeper moulds, (you don't want flame near the mould sides). But if you heat the two resin/hardener bottles up prior to mixing (use an infrared thermometer to take guesswork out of it), and keep project in a warm space throughout cure, you may find the bubbles will dissipate all on their own with the iCoat products. Best temperature is between 75F up to 80F for room, and for epoxy heat bottles up to 78-80F, prior to mixing, (except the CE4100 HV you would heat up to 82F). Note: Don't heat higher then suggested, or you risk causing overheating and pre-mature yellowing.