Resin crystallization can occur in almost any epoxy resin or curing agent as well as many polyurethane resins. Recognizing the phenomenon can help you ensure your material is properly prepared before attempting a cure.
What is resin crystallization?
Crystallization is the natural solid state of a product
Resins and hardeners can all experience crystallization
It primarily occurs with two component systems, but can also occur in one component heat cure resins
Crystallization does not mean defective material
How to recognize resin crystallization?
Cloudiness, free floating crystals, crystal masses, or completely solidified material
What causes resin crystallization?
High purity of material
Low viscosity of material
Extreme cold temperatures (-40 °C)
How can you reverse resin crystallization?
Heat crystallized material between 50 to 60 °C for 1 to 2 hours. Container size will affect the length of time needed for decrystallization.
Stir material including container sides and bottom to ensure all crystals have been melted and that heat has been evenly distributed.
If crystals are still present, continue heating and repeat stir process until there is no evidence of crystals.
While reversing crystallization can be effective for some resins, avoid this method with one component heat cure resins, which cannot be heated to reverse crystallization as product damage may occur.
For more information on resin crystallization, connect with an experienced ResinLab representative.