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Easy Composites EL2 Epoxy Resin (Laminating Resin)

18.85129.65 (ex vat)

EL2 is a high performance epoxy laminating resin suitable for hand-layup of reinforcements such as carbon fibre, aramid and glass fibre. Its combination of mechanical performance, fast wet-out, easy handling and great value make EL2 a hugely popular choice in motorsport, boat-building, model-making and general composites.

Sold as a kit (kit weight = combined weight of resin and hardener). Available to buy online in 500g, 1kg & 5kg kits.

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Description

High performance general purpose epoxy laminating resin for use in wet-lay or vacuum bagging carbon fibre, Kevlar or glass fibre lamination.

This low viscosity epoxy exhibits excellent wetting characteristics especially when used as an epoxy resin for carbon fibre and aramid fibre (Kevlar) reinforcement making air-bubbles in the laminate less likely than with some alternative epoxy systems.

The resin also exhibits excellent cured mechanical properies far in excess of many more traditional epoxy resin brands (as can be seen from the technical data sheets). Improved mechanical properties mean stronger, lighter, higher performance parts.

In all sizes the epoxy is sold as a pack which means it includes the resin and the correct amount of hardener.

 

Typical Uses

Use as a general purpose laminating layup epoxy resin for wet-laying or vacuum bagging composites such as glass fibre, carbon fibre and aramid fibre (Kevlar).

When cured the epoxy exhibits outstanding mechanical characteristics making it will suited to the lamination of structural parts. The resin also exhibits excellent clarity making it also suitable for use when laminating unpainted (or pigmented) carbon fibre composites.

 

Compatibility Information – Dos and Don’ts

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the mould materials, pigments and additives listed below have all been tested and are known to work well with EL2.

  • Compatible Moulds
  • Uni-Mould Mould System
  • Epoxy Tooling Gelcoat
  • Epoxy gelcoat based moulds
  • Polypropylene and polyethylene sheet
  • Aluminium
  • Toughened Glass (eg. flat sheet manufacture)
  • Compatible Pigments
  • Epoxy Colour Pigment * (for vivid opaque colours)
  • Translucent Tinting Pigment * (for less vivid opaque colours)
  • Compatible Fillers
  • All dry filler powders

* With bold coloured laminates such as carbon fibre, the underlying colour of the fabric may still show through the pigmented resin, especially with thinner layers of resin over the underlying laminate.

 

Key Processing Information

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • EL2 is almost odourless.
  • Safety Precautions
  • Wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated area. Always read the SDS before use.
  • Ambient Conditions
  • Can be used from 15 to 30°C although pot-life and cure time will be affected significantly. Recommended working at an ambient of 20-25°C.
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary in most cases. Simply mix and use.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Mix ‘Resin’ and ‘AT30 Hardener’ 100:30 by weight. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 2 minutes.
  • Pot-Life
  • FAST Hardener 12-17mins. SLOW Hardener 95-115mins. Be sure to use your resin before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating)
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Mix in small batches and use expediently. Mixed resin in a pot will quickly overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed resin unattended.
  • Cure Time/Demould
  • At 25°C you can expect a typical cure time to be 4-6hrs for the FAST & 20-30hrs for SLOW AT30 hardeners.
  • Pigments and Fillers
  • A wide range of pigments and fillers can be added to change the properties and appearance of Resin.

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Data Sheets

EC-EL2-Epoxy-Laminating-Resin-Combined (SDS)

EC-EL2-Epoxy-Laminating-Resin (TDS)

Delivery

Shipping & Returns:

Please Note: We only deliver our goods to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

We do not deliver to England, Wales, Scotland, Europe or any other areas of the World.

Orders can only be collected from our premises in Dublin. Please view our Find Us page for our exact location.

The cost of delivery is calculated at checkout, it is based on your location, the weight and size of your order and its hazardous classification. The amount will be shown before you commit to payment.

Delivery is normally to your door by a tracked courier or Haz-Chem truck driver. If you have any concerns about your delivery, please contact us and we will give you its tracking number, website address and delivery details or in the case of the Haz-Chem we will contact them on your behalf.

The earlier in the day we receive your order (closing time is 12 midday) the better chance we have of dispatching it on the same day. Bulk deliveries will be dispatched via a specialized Dangerous Goods Haulier. Delivery times will depend on your location. Please contact us on +353 (1) 466 3786 for exact times and costs.

All carriers require a contact phone number for the consignment as this avoids non delivery of the goods.

Please note packages must be signed for upon delivery, they cannot be left without a signature unless arranged beforehand with our team. Delivery is made Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm

We have a proven track record in attending to customers orders efficiently.

Non-Hazardous, Hazardous, Limited Quantity

All products on the site have a classification of either Non-Hazardous, Hazardous or Limited Quantity. Non-Hazardous are products such as Fibreglass mat/fabrics, refills, rollers, brushes, tape, etc. Hazardous products contain large amounts of resin, acetone, catalyst, and certain kit sizes. Most other products are classified as being Limited Quantity i.e. they may contain small amounts of Resin, Catalyst and Acetone.

Return goods Policy:

  1. Claims in respect of damaged goods, short deliveries etc. must be made in writing three days of receipt of goods.
  2. Returns after a period of one month shall not be accepted.
  3. Returning the goods is at your own expense and is non-refundable.
  4. There will be a handling charge of 15% on all returned goods.
  5. Any returns made within the specific period should be in a resalable condition.
  6. Specially ordered goods including Trims cannot be returned.  (We would ask all customers to carefully select your trims).
  7. Non-standard colours must be paid upfront prior to mixing and MID Glassfibre Supplies Ltd cannot accept any responsibility as to colour variations after the goods has been mixed. We also cannot accept any returns.
  8. Goods ordered or received in error must be notified to us in writing within three days.
  9. All goods are subject to our Terms & Conditions.

Will This Resin Work For Wet Layup Of Carbon And Wood Laminate?

Yes our EL2 is quite commonly used in this fashion for instruments as well as sporting equipment. As long as the wood laminate strips have a good key, the resin will bond very well.

Is This Product Safe To Use In Fish Tanks?

Generally, correctly used and fully cured epoxies are therefore would not have any reaction (or cause any contamination) of the water. However, we would recommend consulting an aquatic specialist to be sure or use a specifically tested 'aquarium safe' resin system.

Can You Thin This For Vacuum Wood Impregnating?

We would not recommend attempting to thin the EL2 resin as it is likely to be damaged in the process. 

Can You Provide The Pot-Life, Gel Time And Demould Time When Used At Ambient Temperatures Other Than 20°C7

I'm afraid we don't have accurate figures for the pot-life, gel time and cure time for other ambient temperatures and it's worth pointing out that best (and most reliable) results will usually be achieved by working at the recommended 20°C ambient, however, a very rough rule of thumb for epoxies is that for every 10°C up or down in ambient temperature you will half (or double, respectively) the pot-life and cure time. So, for example, at 30°C instead of 20°C a pot life of 10mins would become 5mins. Conversely, a decrease in ambient from 20 to 10 (although not recommended) would approximately double the pot-life and cure time.

Will EL2 Bond Onto And Cure With Epoxy Mould Making Putty If Used At The Same Time On A Mould?

Yes EL2 will bond to and cure when used over/with Epoxy Mould Making Putty. This can be quite useful if you want to back up your putty based mould with additional reinforcement or help seal the surface for a tidier finish or stronger mould.

Can This Resin Be Used On An MDF Or Wood Surface To Make it Smoother And Paintable

Yes certainly. By coating a layer of resin over the part, it will likely fill and smooth the overall surface and also seal the MDF so it's no longer permeable/porous. Most modern paints will adhere to epoxy resin once it has been keyed with sandpaper and thoroughly cleaned and de-greased.

Can This Resin Be Used For Wet Layup Projects Or Is It Only Suitable For Vacuum Bagging2

EL2 is suitable for both wet lay projects and vacuum bagged projects.

Can I Pour This Resin On Pictures To Give Them A Clear Coating? I Mean Is It Crystal Clear Whan It Cures?

No, we would not recommend EL2 as a pourable coating resin. The resin itself is quite clear when cured, even when quite thick but this resin is not designed as a pourable clear coating resin such as you're describing, mainly because if you pour EL2 and leave it to settle, when it cures the surface won't be quite as flat and glossy as you would want for picture coating. Instead, we would suggest using GlassCast 3 Clear Coating Resin.

If you do experiment with coating over pictures then it's important to seal certain types of picture first using PVA glue before applying the resin, otherwise the resin can 'wet them out' spoiling the appearance.

Would This Epoxy Be Suitable For Repairing A Canoe Made From Carbon/Kevlar Hybrid?

Yes, certainly. We would recommend our EL2 for making repairs to any damaged composite boat. Being an epoxy it will bond well to the existing hull, whether that's been made using epoxy, polyester or vinylester resin so you have no concerns there. Also, being a high performance resin you'll get a really strong repair.

The EL2 resin would be suitable for glass, carbon or carbon/kevlar laminates.

Is It UV Stable?

EL2 is from the new generation of UV resistant epoxies but, in common with all epoxies, it is not 100% UV stable. To make an epoxy completely UV stable you would need to finish it with something like a 2k lacquer/clear coat. For applications where the part won't be subjected to prolonged exposure (in the same way that something like a car bonnet would be) then we would not expect any problems at all, even without a clearcoat/lacquer.

What Is The Shelf Life For This Epoxy Resin?

We state the shelf-life of all our epoxy resins as 12 months from the date of purchase. In reality, the shelf-life of the resin is actually a lot longer than that of the hardener; the EL2 resin for example is perfectly useable after up to 3 years from manufacture whereas the hardener will start to deteriorate noticeably much after the 12 months.

This Resin Suitable For Laminating Fibreglass On To A Plywood Deck?

Yes, and it works well for this purpose. EL2 will wet-out the fibreglass very well and cures virtually clear. Ideally, we would then recommend rubbing back the surface and finishing it with a lacquer or varnish for a really glossy finish with good UV stability.

I Want To Reinforce Areas Of A Glass Fibre Car Body With Carbon. Does EL2 Resin Bond Well To Polyester Resin?

Yes, EL2 bonds well to Polyester resin (i.e. typical fibreglass) given the appropriate preparation. In most cases, thoroughly cleaning the surface and keying it with a coarse abrasive paper will provide a suitable surface for the epoxy to achieve a good bond.

When Using This Resin For Casting, How Thick Can I Cast Each Layer?

EL2 is designed as a laminating resin and not a casting resin so anything over 1mm thick in one pour and you could run into problems with the resin exotherming (getting too hot during the cure). Using the SLOW hardener would help a lot and, although not designed as a casting resin, a 5mm thick cast should be possible without exotherm problems.

Will EL2 Run Off A Vertical Surface?

EL2 is intended as a laminating resin which means it would normally be being used to wet out a woven fabric (carbon, glass etc.) and when used like this it can be used to laminate up vertical surfaces without excessive draining. If you tried to use EL2 more like a coating resin or a gelcoat then it would tend to drain off vertical surfaces unless you made it more thixotropic by mixing in a small amount of fumed silica thixotropic powder.

Is There A Recommended Post Curing Cycle?

As with many post-cure cycles for resins, the post-cure cycle for our EL2 and IN2 Epoxy Resins is not too sensitive and a range of different post-cure cycles will produce good results, specifically improved mechanical performance and elevated HDT/operating temperature. Post-curing parts that will be used at or exposed to elevated operating temperatures (such as vehicle bonnets/hoods in direct sunlight, engine-bay parts, car interior parts etc.) is strongly recommended to prevent distortion of the parts when they are put into service and experience these higher temperatures.

Where possible, parts should be post-cured still inside the mould to reduce distortion and improve surface finish (i.e. reduce 'print-through'). When post-curing parts in the mould, it is important to post-cure them without demoulding at all (i.e. don’t demould and then put them back into the mould) otherwise you can get some strange patterns on the surface where some areas are post cured in direct contact with the mould surface and others are not.

A simple and very effective post-cure cycle with the IN2 Infusion Resin (or EL2 Epoxy Laminating Resin) is as follows:

CYCLE #1 SUITABLE FOR MOST SITUATIONS

  1. 24hrs at room temperature
  2. 6hrs at 60°C

If you’re encountering any surface finish issues (faint print-through) then you can experiment with a slower 'ramp rate' which sometimes improves things:

CYCLE #2 SUGGESTED FOR SUBTLE IMPROVEMENTS TO SURFACE FINISH

  1. 24hrs at room temperature
  2. 2hrs at 40°C
  3. 2hrs at 50°C
  4. 5hrs at 60°C

If you need to push the HDT of the finished part higher then you could increase post-cure up to a maximum of 80°C as follows:

CYCLE #3 SUGGESTED FOR HIGHEST POSSIBLE HDT/OPERATING TEMPERATURE

    1. 24hrs at room temperature
    2. 2hrs at 40°C
    3. 2hrs at 50°C
    4. 2hrs at 60°C
    5. 2hrs at 70°C
    6. 4hrs at 80°C

These are all just suggestions. Most situations just call for option #1; 6hrs at 60°C. Many customers also find that they can dispense with the 24hrs cure at ambient and simply load newly infused parts into the oven to begin the cure however this is something that you would need to experiment with yourself. A cure at ambient temperature before post-cure is generally favoured with most resin systems.

Can This Resin Be Used With Chopped Strand Matt Fibreglass?

Yes, but it's highly recommended to use specialist 'powder bound' chopped strand matt. This is because conventional chopped strand matt is 'emulsion bound' which relies on styrene and solvents in the resin to break the binding down. Epoxy does not have these solvents. As a result, specialist 'powder bound' chopped strand matt is needed as the powder binding is broken down by the liquid itself.

I Want To Make Parts That Have Some Fire-Resistance, What Resistance Does This Resin Have?

Most cured epoxy resins have self-extinguishing properties however none of our epoxies have formal 'fire rating' data because they're not designed as intumescent or fire retardant resins. The reinforcement you use will also have an impact on the fire retardancy of the finished product.

If you're specifically setting out to make fire-retardant parts I would suggest using a specialist intumescent resin - however, bear in mind that generally these resins will contain inert fillers which compromise their mechanical performance to some extent.

Are The Fumes Produced By Mixing Resin And Hardener And Those Emitted When Curing Denser Or Lighter Than Regular Air? Do They Sink Down, Rise Or just Land Around Like Air Does?

100% solids epoxy resins, including this one, don't contain any solvents and so they don't produce any fumes during mixing, use or cure. There is just the faintest smell but, as stated, this is not fumes and so there is nothing really to consider in terms of density.

Is Epoxy Suitable For Making Or Lining A Petrol Tank? i.e. Is It Resistant To Petrol?

No, we wouldn’t suggest Epoxy Resins for lining a fuel tank. In general, epoxies have good resistance to petrol and many of the chemicals and additives found within pump fuel however the ethanol in fuel is known to cause problems over time and so specialist tank lining resins (often novalac vinylester based) should be used instead. Please call us on 10 466 3786 for more information.

Will This Epoxy Attack Expanded Polystyrene?

No, this epoxy in common with other epoxies does not attack expanded polystyrene

If I Were To Use This For Carbon Fiber Plates, Would It Be Dishwasher Safe And Non-Toxic To Humans?

We have not specifically saught FDA (or similar) approval for this resin system so if you were to make these plates commercially then you would either need to make a plate using this resin system and then have it tested and approved safe for food use or use a different resin system that has specifically been approved for food use. Mixed and cured fully and properly the resulting plastic should be stable and non-toxic but testing would be required to prove this. Regarding being dishwasher safe; a dishwasher is a very harsh environment (abrasive, high temperatures, caustic) and so I think it would be quite hard on any resin system. By all means conduct your own tests but I would strongly recommend that a carbon fibre plate was not marketed as 'dishwasher safe'.

Once Cured, Is This Resin Food Safe?

Although generally cured epoxies are non-hazardous, none of the products we have are certified food safe and thus we cannot recommend their use with food products.

What Can I Use To Clean Epoxy Off Brushes?

We recommend Acetone. The brushes must be cleaned before the resin has cured. If you can’t get hold of acetone it’s also possible to use methylated spirits or neat alcohol.

What Would Happen If I Get The Mix Ratio Wrong?

Unlike other resin systems such as polyester or vinylester, it's very important to get the mix ratios accurate with epoxies. If you get the mix ratio wrong by a small amount (let's say a couple of grams on a small mix) then the resin will still cure but the mechanical properties won't be quite as good as they would have been if the mix ratio had been exactly right. However, if you were to be out by anything more than a few grams then you might find that the resin would not be properly hard when cured and/or may have a tackiness to the finish. This would result in a much weaker repair and needs to be avoided by careful measurements.

What Happens To The Resin Above The Heat Distortion Temperature? Will The Resin Melt And Flow Again?

Above the HDT of a resin system it will soften slightly and its mechanical properties will start to fall away however a thermosetting plastic (like epoxy) is NOT a thermoformable plastic so it will not start to flow again such that you could melt it out of your part. It's more likely to become slightly soft and then possible more brittle again before eventually starting to burn if you too the temperature high enough.

Is Post Curing Needed On Finished Part?

An elevated temperature post-cure is not required for parts made with epoxy resin however, post curing parts will improve the mechanical properties of the resin (and therefore the part) and so if you have the means to do it then it's certainly recommended. One major advantage to post-curing epoxy is that you will raise the HDT (heat distortion temperature) of the part meaning that it's less likely to soften or distort in higher temperatures. This can be particularly important for parts like a vehicle panel (i.e. hood/bonnet) which could get very hot in the sun. Without a post-cure there is a good chance that the part would effectively post-cure itself 'in situe' when it's in direct sunlight which can cause the resin to soften, sink and then re-harden. When this happens to a fitted part it's likely to distort the surface finish. A part that had been post-cured prior to installation would not have this problem.

How Does It Smell? Would It Be Realistic To Use This Resin lndoors?

Epoxy resins have very little odour and so it's quite viable to use them indoors (i.e. in your house) without upsetting anyone. The resin is almost completely odourless and the hardener has an amonia smell which doesn't really carry or linger.

In this respect epoxies are very different to polyester and vinylester resin which has a very strong smell and cannot realistically be used indoors. As always, you should still follow safety precautions and ensure adequate ventilation of your work area.

What Is The Proper Disposal Method For An Unused Or Out Of Date Resin?

Uncured resins are classed as dangerous goods and would need to be disposed of correctly. For domestic users, usually your local council recycling centre will have a disposal service for such chemicals or containers.

Because cured resins are inert and safe for disposal it's often easiest to mix un-needed or out-of-date resin and hardener together to cure them. Once cured they can be disposed of with general waste.

Will This Cure At Low Temperatures? i.e. Below 10 Degrees Celsius? My Garage Is Cold!

Epoxy is sensitive to low temperatures so we would not attempt to try and cure the resin at very low temperatures such as below 15 °:C. At those temperatures, the cure time will be lengthened considerably.

One of the most significant problems caused by low temperatures (much below 20°C) is that the resin will be considerably thicker which affects its ability to self-degas after pouring.

Also, curing epoxies are hydroscopic so the low temperature environment may well leave the resin vulnerable to absorbing moisture, especially if the environment is relatively damp or high in humidity as can be found in some outdoor workshops or home garages.

As a result, for best results we always recommend working in an environment that is 20°C or above.

What Is Meant By The 'B' Stage Of The Cure?

The B stage of the cure is when the resin has cured enough to be firm but still tacky. When touching with a gloved finger, the resin should feel tacky but not leave any residue on the glove.

Will EL2 Work With Natural Fibres Such As Jute And Flax?

Yes, our EL2 works very well for laminating natural fibres.

When Laying Extra Layers Of Reinforcement How Long Do You Have To Generally Wait (Assuming 20C Ambient) For The 'B- Stage', To Avoid The Need For Full Cure And Surface Key?

At 20C, the 'B-stage' for EL2, where a subsequent layer of reinforcement and resin can still be added without the need to fully cure and then key the previous laminate, would be around 4 hours (using the AT30 FAST hardener) and around 12-18hrs using the AT30 SLOW hardener.

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