DEEP POUR BASICS
Pot life is the time that your mixed resin and hardener sits in your mixing container before it is poured into your project. With most resins, pot life is shorter than working time.
The volume of resin you are mixing has an effect on the pot life. For example, a 9 oz cup of mixed resin will have a longer pot life than a gallon or 3 gallons of mixed resin. If you are working with over a gallon of resin, we recommend pouring it out into your project right away. Larger volumes of mixed resin have an exothermic reaction and generate heat much faster. Once it is poured into a 1 ½ to 2 inch depth there is still open time to work with it.
To extend pot life, you can mix your hardener and resin into 2 or 3 smaller containers. For example if you need to mix 60 oz total, you can mix 20 oz in each container which will buy you more time before you have to pour it out. If you are working on a larger project and you are mixing 1 gallon to 3 gallons at a time in one mixing container, the mixed resin and hardener will generate heat and will need to be poured into your project right after mixing it. If you are working with smaller amounts of resin you will have more time with your pot life.
Working time is the time you have to work with your resin after it has been poured out of your mixing container before it gels and starts to harden on your project. It is the time window to be creative with your project.
Naked Fusion Deep Pour is not recommended for coating. When it is poured less than 1/4 inch it will take too long for it to cure. If you are working on a river table or a wood project that needs to be sealed before your pour, we recommend using Naked Fusion Artist’s Resin to seal your wood. It will cure faster and you will be able to pour your table sooner. You can also use a water based polyurethane to seal your wood and let it cure fully before you pour. Naked Fusion Deep Pour is designed for deeper casting and is not recommended for thin layers.
Deep pour resin varies in curing time based on the amount of ounces poured. Larger pours over 12 oz will cure faster and smaller pours under 12 oz will cure slower. Temperature also plays a part in the speed of curing time. A small pour can take 12 to 48 hours to get hard to the touch and a week to reach full strength. A larger pour can get hard to touch in 12 to 24 hours and reach full strength in a week.