Mica Powder - [Tips and Tricks on Working With This Epoxy Colorant]Aug 04, 2023
Well, one of the most commonly used
micais a natural stone that yields when you crush and grind it to get different bright colors and is available in
powderform. These are 5 grams, we also make 15. grams and the larger one is 50 grams and it comes in a rainbow of colors, so
thisis something that if you like that metallic shine, you want to choose from a rainbow of different colors, you want to see those big swirls and epoxies, not in one solid color. lots of swirls and that metallic shine, then mica powder is the way to go.
People often ask how much mica powder I use. A good rule of thumb is about five grams, which is these little bags here per kit and most. We sell the
epoxyin a one and a half gallon kit, so you will use five grams for a half gallon kit, not to say some people use less, some people use more, but it's a good idea when you have it in the bucket and you're mixing it up it's in that dark bucket you can't really see uh you know what it looks like take a plastic cup and hold it up hold it up to the light and look but usually around five grams is going to be the sweet spot.
For what you're going to need mica powder, so a little goes a long way. Also people talk online about all these different things when putting spray paint on your epoxy. This and that remember that anything you add to the epoxy will technically weaken it, so these. They are truly proven
colorants for epoxy, they are made for pouring into epoxy and coloring epoxy, and as long as you don't use more than five percent of a color, you won't weaken it too much as far as you can tell. but there are some things that will react with the epoxy, so the colorants are really the cheapest part of the equation, so I wouldn't skimp on the color extremes here because it's really the cheapest part of the entire project that you're going to do.
It's your epoxy colorant so buy something that's made for epoxy, like I said these are mica powders, full rainbow colors, you'll get a lot of swirls, we have a walnut table here that we show for our showroom. look at some of these swirls here now, every time you pour it you'll get different swirl patterns, it's a cause of the exothermic reaction when that chemical reaction starts and those molecules of that polymer start to stick together, they create heat the more you pour at once until the thickness, the more heat, the more big swirls, so smart bonding you can pour two two and a half inches thick, you're going to get more heat and that epoxy can handle it and it's going to give you bigger swirls so you can see that on
thistable. of walnut the mica powder is a little dull and that is due to the Monaco Blonde oil that was on it.
Any oil finish will really dull the mica powder so you want to sand it to a higher grit to try to shine through some of that mica now if you really want to show off that mica you can try going over it with a clear coat something more like this epoxy for bar and table that is the smart union between bar and table and you can see that too. You get a little more shine with that mica powder when it doesn't have an oil finish on top. Make sure to subscribe to our channel. We have many
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