Gurit Colloidal Silica is a feather weight thixotropic powder, which is used to thicken resin & gelcoat and for bonding & filleting applications.
By adding colloidal silica powder in varying amounts to a resin mix containing other filler types, the handling and flow characteristics can be controlled. Relatively small quantities added to a resin mix containing glass bubbles or microballoons will give non-sag properties and impart easier handling.
It is also used with microfibres to produce a mix suitable for use as a high strength, non-sagging structural adhesive, particularly for non-absorbent materials such as GRP. It can increasing the hardness of the resulting mix which will create more difficulty when sanding. For this reason, colloidal silica is usually added in the minimum quantities to any mix for which sanding is anticipated. In some applications this feature can be used to an advantage, for example to create a hard wearing edge or surface. For General Health Information see section on hazards.
Technical Details; Composition: Silicon dioxide / Appearance: White powder
Particle Size: 0.012 microns / Bulk Density: 50g/litre approx.
Colloidal Silica + Microballoons + Epoxy Resin = Fill / Fairing Mix (Above Water)
Colloidal Silica + Glass Bubbles + Epoxy Resin = Fill / Fairing Mix (Below Water)
Colloidal Silica + Micro Fibres + Epoxy Resin = Adhesive Mix
Colloidal Silica + Epoxy Resin = Thickened Resin Mix