MirrorCoat is solvent-free, and can be used inside a house or a
building without creating a hazardous or flammable workspace.
As a two-part product, it cures by chemical reaction, and must be
kept off your skin while working with it.
It is recommended for interior use only, because outdoors, like
many epoxy resin coatings, it will yellow slightly and lose its gloss
over time. Do not use MirrorCoat over white backgrounds unless
yellowing is acceptable.
While we have designed MirrorCoat to be simple to use, there are
procedures to follow which produce the best results. This brochure
is a step-by-step application guide, with some tips and tricks to
help your MirrorCoat project turn out beautiful.
Please read this information thoroughly before proceeding.
Helping You Put It All Together
- How much MirrorCoat?
3 fluid ounces per square foot.
Example: 3-quart kit will give a 4' X 8' sheet of
plywood a 40mil. (.040 inches) thick coating.
What else do I need?
- Disposable latex or vinyl gloves
- Graduated wax paper cups or plastic tubs
- Mixing sticks
- Disposable paint brushes
- Portable propane torch
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED...
System Three MirrorCoat® is a two-part epoxy resin product
specially formulated to create a high-gloss, clear decorative
coating for horizontal surfaces. It will enhance the natural beauty
of most woods, and give many other surfaces a deep, rich look.
MirrorCoat will also protect the surface from marring, denting,
and minor scratches. It is resistant to most household chemicals,
and, because of its unique formulation, MirrorCoat will provide a
harder, more heat-resistant finish than most do-it-yourself counter
or bartop coatings.
| GETTING READY|
| Area should be dust-free|
Surface to be coated
must be level
- Turn off fans, etc. to minimize air movement.
- Vacuum work area prior to MirrorCoat application.
- Allow dust to settle.
- Wipe dust from project surface with a damp lint-free rag.
- For best results everything, including the surface and the epoxy
and the air, should be 70 — 75°F for at least overnight before
measuring, mixing and applying.
| Protect skin||
- Wear disposable gloves and long sleeves (MirrorCoat contains
reactive chemicals which must be kept off skin).
| APPLICATION STEPS|
| 1. Measure accurately|
- Measure by volume two parts Resin (Part A) to one part Hardener
(Part B), or by weight 100 parts of Part A to 44 Parts of Part B.
- Pour Part A in first.
- Pour Part B on top of A into the same container.
- Minimum coverage required for self-leveling is 3 fluid ounces of
mixed MirrorCoat per 1 square foot.
| 2. Mix thoroughly|
Vigorously hand-mix the material from the bottom to the top and scrape the sides of the container as well as the mixing stick.
Larger batches will take longer to mix. Trapped air comes out on
| 3. Apply MirrorCoat to|
- Pour onto surface in an S-shaped pattern and spread out with a disposable paint brush.
- Minimize bubbles from the wood by timing MirrorCoat application
so that the temperature in the project area is stable or dropping.
| 4. Pop bubbles with|
- Wait 5-10 minutes after spreading coating before using the
- Wave torch rapidly back and forth 6-8 inches from the coated
surface. Keep moving torch to avoid heating MirrorCoat.
MirrorCoat should cure for 3-5 days before being
subjected to heavy use.
Clean surface with a soft, damp cloth and mild soap
or detergent. No abrasive detergents.
For best results practice on a piece of scrap to get firsthand
experience before coating your project.
Allow previous coat to cure overnight.
Lightly sand then follow application steps 1-4.
Repeat until desired thickness is reached.
COATING LARGER SURFACES
Large surfaces may require multiple batches for complete
Have a helper on hand to assist with measuring and mixing.
Follow steps 1-3, fl owing successive batches into the
Once the entire surface is covered move onto step 4, popping
bubbles with a propane torch.
COATING VERTICAL SURFACES
Pour extra MirrorCoat on horizontal surface.
Allow excess to drip off in runs.
When dripping has stopped, brush out runs to an even coat.
If more coating build is desired, apply additional thin coats with
Porous objects such as paper should be sealed fi rst with spray
lacquer to preserve their appearance. Practice on scrap.
Coat non-porous objects like coins or tile with MirrorCoat to
minimize trapped air.
Thick objects can be placed directly on the surface or put into a
routed cavity in the surface to reduce the amount of Mirror Coat
required to fully cover each object.
FIXING SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS
Sand and pour additional coats following steps 1-4,
or do the following:
Allow surface to cure for several days. Wet sand with 320 grit
until surface is dull and uniform.
Wet sand with progressively finer sandpaper through 1000 to
1500 depending on what's available.
Switch to buffing compounds, and finally polish with a buffing
compound to a deep lustre.
Use this procedure to remove surface scratches developed
Methods And Tips For Applying Mirrorcoat
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