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Artepoxy Liquid Crystal - Clear Epoxy Resin

Our specialist clear, decorative epoxy resin is ideal for residential, retail and commercial projects requiring a beautiful, high-end finish.

SUPERB FINISH

Excellent levelling properties make it easy to create a smooth, high-gloss finish without heating or blowing

ALL CONDITIONS

A high-quality finish achievable regardless of whether it’s hot, cold, wet or dry.

DURABLE

Formulation adapted from proven industrial technology, which means it looks great and lasts as well.

SAFER

No solvents, carcinogens, flammables or strong odours keeps project sites safe for all.


ARTEPOXY LIQUID CRYSTAL

Clear, 100% Solids Decorative Floor Coating 


Clear, Decorative Epoxy Resin

A solvent-free, clear, two-pack epoxy designed as a specialist resin in residential, retail and commercial projects requiring a high-quality decorative finish.

Quality materials are selected to create a consistent, high-performance coating that is perfectly suited to the visual demands of homes, retail outlets, showrooms and other decorative applications.

Artepoxy Liquid Crystal is formulated to defoam without heating or blowing, and the exceptional flow/levelling properties minimises the risk of craters in the cured film. When used with metallic effect pigments, stunning resin floors with high-end finishes are possible.

Uses

A brilliant bronze metallic floor installed in a community centre. Common uses for Artepoxy Liquid Crystal include:

Homes, Living Areas, Bathrooms, Garages, Play Areas, Cafes/Restaurants, Shops, Hair & Beauty, Pubs & Clubs,
Offices, Showrooms, Walkways

Product Details

Type: Two-pack epoxy - solvent-free/100% solids. 
Colour: Clear 
Finish: High Gloss
Mix Ratio: 3:2 v:v 
Pack Size: 12 litres. 

Benefits

  • Proven performance in decorative applications. 
  • Defoams without heating or blowing.
  • Excellent levelling for a smooth, high-gloss finish. 
  • Use as crystal clear topcoat or with pigment. 
  • Durable - adapted from industrial technology.
  • No solvents or strong odours. 
  • Moisture tolerant with no amine blushing.
  • Can be applied direct to concrete. 
  • Excellent adhesion to all common substrates. 
  • Good tolerance of low temperatures.



Properties

Adhesion 
ASTM D451/ISO 4624
Concrete - substrate failure in dry and wet
Hardness 
ASTM D-2280  JIS K 5600-5-4:1999
70-75 Shore D.  HB Scratch Pencil Hardness
Abrasion
ASTM D-4060
CS-17 Test Wheel, 1kg, 1000 Cycles - 83mg
Fire Ratings
ASISO 9239.1-2003
6.7kW/m2 Critical Radiant Flux 108% min Smoke Value
VOC Emission
ASTM D5116
<0.05 mg/m2/hr Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC)
(2mm film over 96 hours)

Chemical Resistance

Artepoxy Liquid Crystal is resistant to exposure from spillage of most household & commercial chemicals, e.g. detergents, soaps, oils/grease etc. Staining may occur when exposed to aggressive chemicals. Good housekeeping practices, including dilution and prompt clean up, will help minimise damage.

Coverage

The actual coverage achieved by Artepoxy Liquid Crystal will depend on the substrate characteristics and condition.
The theoretical yield for a 400-micron film (typical thickness) are: 12 litre kit @ 2.5m2/L = 30m2

A 12 litre kit of Artepoxy Liquid Crystal clear decorative resin.

Curing Times

 Time (@ 25°C) 

Pot Life - 20 minutes 
Set (touch) - 6 hours 
Set (hard) - 12 hours 
Re-coat (min.) - 12 hours 
Re-coat (max.) - 30 hours 
Full Cure - 7 days  

Approximate time frames for full kit @ 25°C. Pot life will shorten for larger mixes. Curing times will decrease with increasing temperature (+10°C will halve curing times, -10°C will double them). 

Product Notes

  • Application onto concrete that isn’t flat, smooth and free from projections may lead to colour, pattern and gloss inconsistencies. For best results, the substrate should not deviate more than the following distances under a straight edge tool: 3mm over 3m (flatness), 1mm over 150mm (smoothness) or 0.5mm over 50mm (projections). If required, the concrete should be levelled first with a suitable levelling compound. 
  • In projects aiming for a flat, high-gloss finish, Artepoxy Liquid Crystal should be applied at a minimum film thickness of 400 microns to allow the resin to flow and “self-smooth” as much as possible. Can be applied at 1mm/1000 microns or over if required. 
  • Artepoxy Liquid Crystal is formulated to resist crawling, however it can occur on particularly hard, glossy or contaminated surfaces. 
  • Artepoxy Liquid Crystal should not be used in applications requiring resistance to rapid changes in temperature during service and/or cleaning (i.e. thermal shock). 
  • Application onto highly porous concrete may lead to colour and gloss inconsistencies. If required, the concrete should be primed first with a suitable primer. 
  • Consistent with all epoxies, Artepoxy Liquid Crystal will tend to discolour upon extended UV exposure. Over-coat with Ezypoly (PU topcoat) if required. 
  • If splitting a kit, shake/mix Part A and Part B well separately before measuring required volume. 
  • If more than one kit is mixed at a time, the product can reach dangerously high temperatures and experience a significantly reduced pot life. 
  • Do not add solvents as it can affect performance. 
  • Do not use below 5°C.  
  • Clean up with MEK, acetone or methylated spirits.

Surface Preparation

Concrete:

New concrete surfaces should be allowed to cure for a minimum of 28 days. Old, damaged, cracked and/or heavily contaminated concrete surfaces should be degreased with a detergent and patch repaired prior to surface preparation. Diamond grind or shot blast to obtain a CSP 2-3. Properly prepared surfaces should be structurally sound and free of contamination, laitance and any loose material. Ensure surface is clean, dry and dust-free again if there’s a delay between preparation and application.

Porous Surfaces:

If the concrete is found to be weak, powdery or porous during substrate preparation, apply a suitable primer/sealer first.

Coated Surfaces: 

Maximum delay between coats is 30 hours @ 25°C. Should this time be exceeded the previous coat must be lightly abraded with 80-120 grit paper, vacuumed and wiped with methylated spirits or other suitable solvent. Old, existing films can be over-coated providing they’re in good condition and there are no adhesion issues. If in doubt, a tensile adhesion test should be conducted.

Mixing

WARNING: Part B is a Class 8 Corrosive. For full safety instructions, consult SDS. Wear protective clothing, goggles and gloves to prevent skin and eye contact.

NOTE: Check packaging for correct components before mixing.

Mix product at a ratio of 3:2 by volume. Pour Part B into Part A and blend for 2 minutes.

Artepoxy Liquid Crystal kits can be split by using the following weights and volumes to make 1 litre -

Part A Part B
680g/600mL 410g/400mL


If pigmenting, pre-mix pigment pots into Part A first with a drill mixer before adding Part B.

Application

Brush, roller, squeegee or trowel.
Application thickness - 400 microns (2.5m2/L).


For best results, pour product immediately onto the floor after mixing. Start 50cm from a wall and work towards the exit point pouring in an “S” shaped pattern.

Leave enough mixed product to cut in with a brush next to vertical surfaces and around tight areas. Approximately 100mm is typical.

Perform a rough spread using the squeegee to achieve a relatively even film, allow product to level for 2-3 minutes, then backroll smooth using 12mm x 270mm roller covers.

De-lint all rollers first by wrapping the roller in masking tape and removing. When backrolling, roll in long, even, overlapping strokes to get the product feeling and sounding the same.

To work a fresh batch into the seam of another, pour the material approximately 15cm from the edge and overlap with the roller by about 30cm. Try to minimise the number of seams and keep them as fresh as possible.

Each kit must be applied within the pot life times listed in the Cure Schedule table to ensure best results.

Storage

Keep containers closed when not in use. Store below 40°C. Do not store in direct sunlight. Shelf life is at least 12 months in original, unopened container. Seek advice from your local council regarding accepted disposal methods.

First Aid

CAUTION: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.  IF ON SKIN: Remove immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Immediately call a POISON CENTRE (Australia - 13 11 26) or doctor/physician. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. 

WARRANTY DISCLAIMER: The technical data given herein has been compiled for your help and guidance and is based upon our experience and knowledge. However as we have no control over the use to which this information is put, no warranty express or implied is intended or given. We assume no responsibility whatsoever for coverage, performance or damages, including injuries resulting from use of this information or of products recommended herein.

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A clothing outlet used Artepoxy Lquid Crystal to create a custom black and gold theme for their floor.Artepoxy Liquid Crystal in clothing store
The hallways of a community centre used Artepoxy Liquid Crystal to create a stunning bronze marble pattern.Artepoxy Liquid Crystal for offices
A soft and subtle dark grey finish was created with Artepoxy Liquid Crystal in this residential living room.Artepoxy Liquid Crystal in a living room
A hairdressing salon used Artepoxy Liquid Crystal to create a custom smokey appearance to their floor.Artepoxy Liquid Crystal for commercial projects

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