Epoxy Resin Application

In the sign industry one of the most widely used epoxy resins is the West System Epoxy. Because of its versatility and durability,  old school sign makers frequently select this product for projects.

The West System is comprised of three components: the 105 epoxy resin, a hardener and a filler. Depending on which hardener and filler you select, you can use it to as an adhesive, or as a clear coat or for laminating fiberglass or to repair damage to a surface.

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Fire Rating of Banner Materials

For interior applications, a FR grade of banner substrate is often required to comply with state and local fire codes. I was taught that FR is an Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) classification, which stands for flame retardant. However, I have heard many people say that the FR is an acronym for “Fire Resistant” and “Flame Resistant”. Read more »

Gold Beating: How Gold Leaf is Made

Dating back to the days of the pharaohs, 5000 years ago, men have hammered strips of gold into thin sheets of gold leaf in a manufacturing process known as gold beating. While the tools have changed through the centuries, the basic process remains the same. In the days of the ancient Egyptians, gold beaters used stones. […] Read more »

What You Must Know When Repainting Wood Surfaces

If you are repainting a wood surface, your first chore is to prep the surface. New paint will not stick to dirt or peeling paint. On large surfaces the quickest way to clean the old wood painted surface is to pressure wash it. You will need to use a washer that can generate at least 2500 […] Read more »