This is a page dedicated to helpful information in regards to the resin we use and some tips on how to work it.
We do not use any release agents. We never have and never will.
A wash over with warm water is all that is needed to wash off construction dust. Do not use harsh chemicals like thinners, white spirit etc.
You do not need to rub the surface down ready for painting.
Do not use Halfords gloss top coat paint, we feel it does not dry properly, the primer undercoat is perfect though.
Our resin will take 2K paint.
A new/sharp metal working file removes excess resin well.
'Wet & Dry' paper used wet, works well on this resin.
Scraping off excess resin with a sharp scalpel/stanley blade, gives a very good finish and removes excess resin quickly and neatly.
Super glue of any make is the best glue to use on this resin. Our preference is a brand called Zap as sold in most model shops. Green is standard and pink is super thin. Be careful of the pink as it rapidly flows into all cracks, best delivered to the work piece off a small modelling knife blade for control.
An accelerator/kicker/activator is not needed with the super glue, but is very helpful.
If using an accelerator, apply the glue first, then accelerator on top. This is contrary to most accelerator instructions!
The Games Workshop range of paints give a fantastic, easy to apply paint finish. Can be applied straight onto the Halfords primer using brushes or air brush.
The Games Workshop inks are also very good for highlighting wood grain, deep grooves, under cuts and corners etc.
A bent resin part can be formed back into its correct shape by placing in very hot water (not boiling) and bent back. Then run under a cold tap.
This resin is fully weather proof.
You can thread tap this resin by following the same thread tapping procedures as you would for metal.
You can cut a thread by just using a bolt if you drill the pilot hole a fraction smaller than the thread, about half the thread depth. For example, if you had a M6 bolt that has a thread pitch of M6 X 1, you would need to drill a hole 5.5mm. A M3 X .5 would need a pilot hole of 2.75mm.
A belt sander (linisher) will make very light easy work of removing excess resin. It also leaves a nice square edge and is very a useful workshop tool.
Resin can be cut with a hacksaw and most other wood working saws.
Resin can be 'scored' with a sharp blade and snapped clean. Great care must be taken as a deep score is best and it will not always snap where you want it to!
DAVIDS ISOPON P38 is a fantastic filler for this resin. Available from Halfords and most independent motor factors.
As and when I think of other tips, I will add them.