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Old 07 April 2014, 15:09   #1
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'Sticky' finish flow coat

put the 3rd coat of flow on my searider console a few days ago. The next day it had a 'sticky' feel to it so I left is a couple more days and it's still the same, any tips?

I put more than enough catalyst in and applied with a roller.
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Hi, if you put too much catalyst in flow coat it stays sticky. This is because the gel goes off to quick to allow the wax to come to the surface, you should be putting between 1 & 3 % catalyst into the flow coat.

Hope this helps.
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Hi, if you put too much catalyst in flow coat it stays sticky. This is because the gel goes off to quick to allow the wax to come to the surface, you should be putting between 1 & 3 % catalyst into the flow coat.

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thanks, so if i put another coat on with less catalyst then it should work out good
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Yes that should work, make sure you give the flow coat a good mix before you put the catalyst in as well. This will make sure the wax is mixed into the gel evenly.
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Yes that should work, make sure you give the flow coat a good mix before you put the catalyst in as well. This will make sure the wax is mixed into the gel evenly.
ok thanks

also is it ok to wipe down with white spirit to de grease and clean?
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ok thanks

also is it ok to wipe down with white spirit to de grease and clean?
I wouldn't.

You want something that evaporates quickly like a cellulose or acetone.
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I wouldn't.

You want something that evaporates quickly like a cellulose or acetone.
sounds like i have been doing a good job then

will get some ordered, cheers.
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just went to go and check it this morning for some measurements and the peacock had decided it was a good place to roost peacock crap all over me console
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just went to go and check it this morning for some measurements and the peacock had decided it was a good place to roost peacock crap all over me console
Sounds like a good time to find out what Peacock tastes like.......
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I flow coated my deck last thursday. same problem. I spoke to the supplier of the flow coat. I used 1% mix at a temp of 12 degrees. I feel as does he that this was too low. I was advised at this temp to use 2 - 3 % at these temps. If you used 2% and mixed the stuff well and still have a sticky surface I would leave it a few days to seek if it will come good.

If you applied heat to the surface after flowcoating you may have caused the styrine to evaporate along with the wax additive thus causing your sticky surface due to the lack of wax.

I ended up taking a flap dick to mine and will re flow coat in the next few weeks

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