As the colder months approach, these are some of the more common questions we get asked:
What happens if my epoxy freezes during transit? Or, I’m not home during the day and I live in an extremely cold environment, can the epoxy sit outside safely in the freezing temperatures? While these are all valid concerns and legitimate questions, there’s really no need to worry about this being an issue for UltraClear Epoxy. In this blog, we’ll go over some simple practices and methods of how to prevent and restore frozen epoxy during these cold winter months.
Can Epoxy Be Shipped and Delivered in Freezing Temperatures?
Epoxy work isn’t limited to first time buyers and people who are just becoming interested in epoxy for their own diy projects. Epoxy is used every single day, week after week, year after year all over the world by people just like you. What do people in colder climates do when they need epoxy? Do they need to stock up all at once for the entire year when the weather conditions are just right? Of course not! Epoxy can safely handle the journey of being shipped to virtually anywhere without many issues. Even if you live in a remote area with extreme temperatures, as long as you can receive deliveries, you can safely receive epoxy.
What if I Wont Be Home When My Epoxy Is Delivered?
While it would be nice to schedule a deliver on a time when you’re home, or will have a family member be at home to immediately bring your epoxy package indoors if the weather outside is currently extremely hot or extremely cold, this simply isn’t an option for most people. With holiday traffic, work, and just general day to day life getting in the way, it’s not realistic to expect to be home when your epoxy is delivered. In most cases, you’ll be home later in the day when the epoxy is delivered and you can simply bring it inside to acclimate to room temperature. And even in the worst case scenarios, say, you’re out of town for the entire week when you ordered epoxy beforehand. You don’t need to worry about your epoxy sitting outside in extreme temperatures. It won’t get ruined!
What Do I Do If My Epoxy Is Frozen?
Say the worst happens, for whatever reason, whether it be timing, scheduling, or negligence leading to your epoxy containers being frozen solid, it’s not the end of the world. Frozen epoxy isn’t trash and is completely salvageable and still perfectly useable! The first step to restoring frozen epoxy is to bring it inside to a room temperature environment. The best answer is simply to wait, allow both the hardener and resin to acclimate back to room temperature on their own time. This process is slower and will happen on it’s own, and it requires little to no effort on your end.
How Do I Quickly Restore Frozen Epoxy To Liquid Form?
If you’re in a hurry, and simply cannot wait on the epoxy to naturally return to room temperature, no need to worry, there are ways to speed up this process. One of the best and easiest ways is a warm water bath. This is usually done by finding a large container or bucket, the ones from Home Depot work great by the way! You’ll simply need to take your larger container/bucket and fill it with warm water from your kitchen sink or other tap that you have access to. Once the bucket is filled with warm water, you can submerge either your resin or hardener container into it, or both if they will fit, and leave it alone for around 30 minutes. Depending on the severity of how frozen the resin or hardener is, this will be enough, if not, you can continue to refresh the warm water by simply adding more. Around 30 minutes to one hour of this, you can pick up your containers and shake them vigorously to help “loosen” the frozen epoxy and help it return to it’s natural liquid state. Repeating this process 1 to 2 times is usually all that is necessary, but repeating it until the epoxy is completely liquid again is all that you would need to do in any scenario.
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The best place to buy all of your epoxy supplies online is from UltraClear Epoxy. We have epoxy resin, epoxy hardener, and everything else you'll need to get started on your next DIY project. Our prices are fit for budgets of all sizes, and we ship your epoxy supplies to you, anywhere within the United States. If you're curious about more ideas, want to give us some feedback, or have any questions about our products, you can contact us here. You can also call us directly at 1-800-997-0459.