Need a Clear Resin Alternative

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  1. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    I can’t get any clear polyurethane resin for about a month. Everyone where I live is sold out. I need to cast a few small glass lens type pieces, does anyone have any suggestions?

    I thought about using polyester resin, but it takes a few days to dry and I’ve never used it, I hear it can be go milky and the result has to be glass clear.

    This is for silicone mold casting

    Any suggestions?....

    Thanks in advance

    Rogue
     
  2. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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  3. RogueTrooper

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    my supplier is out of everything clear, even epoxy...I'm thinking of trying a casting and embedding resin from the local hardware, claims it's crystal clear, so maybe that will work.
     
  4. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Table/bar top epoxy may work, I've never cast it though. It's made for pouring in layers.
     
  5. trooper

    trooper Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    when I cast my lens' for the macrobinoculars I use alumilite "clear", realy nice stuff
     
  6. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    Problem solved. Diggers Casting Resin from Bunnings. Sweet;)
     
  7. rbeach84

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    Living the 'Oz' life, eh? Bunnings is a 'big-box' DIY store, right? Let us know how it works...
    R/ Robert
     
  8. RogueTrooper

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    Here's a pic of the results so far. It casts well and is clear, but is slightly sticky still, so might need more drying time....

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  9. trooper

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    does the resin instructions ask to bake it after casting?
     
  10. robn1

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    Is it polyester resin? Polyester tends to be sticky.
     
  11. RogueTrooper

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    This stuff is weird.....it drys clear but remains slightly sticky even after a week of drying. So I put it in the oven for 10 minutes and it dried it out, but turned it yellow:confused ...strange indeed

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