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Chris Rummell
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Tinting Epoxy

Post by Chris Rummell » Tue May 02, 2017 7:16 pm

I've been researching a durable adhesive for smalt and have found lots of conflicting information. Some recommend Smith's Cream, however it's been pointed out to me that Smith's is more of a paint extender suitable for blending/mixing, and that it is likely to fail outdoors. Hold Fast glue is recommended by some folks, but I can't find a source for it, so not sure if it's still out there somewhere. Epoxy is mentioned in some threads here, though I wondered about compromising the integrity by adding in One Shot to match a color of smalt.

As it turns out, the folks at West System did some tests (including One Shot enamel, Ronan Japans, and others), see the results at http://www.westsystem.com/ss/adding-pigments-to-epoxy/.
The takeaway seems to be adding 5% or less of the tints they tested doesn't significantly alter the properties of their epoxy. I'd be interested to hear what other folks have found in their experiences.

Doug Bernhardt
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Re: Tinting Epoxy

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Thu May 04, 2017 5:12 pm

I've tinted the west system often and for what you want to do wouldn't hesitate to add more colour if necessary. However....hold fast is the right product for this and in Canada you can get it at Canadian Signcrafters in Bayfield Ontario

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