Prepping your resin surface

Prepping your resin surface is key to ensure your new resin bound or bonded surface is installed with the highest finish.
Prepping your resin surface

With the weather improving, we are seeing a big increase in the number of installers coming to us for their resin packs and aggregates. Our comprehensive range of resin kits, which include resin only ranges, resin bound and resin bonded kits (plus accessories), is only the first step to laying a great resin surface. Good preparation is key to ensuring you can lay resin quickly and to a high-quality finish, so we’ve pulled together some tips to help you get started in prepping your resin surface:

  • Make sure your base area is suitable for laying resin, for instance checking it is going to be strong enough.
  • Double-check the length and width of the working area to make 100% sure you have enough material to complete your project. We strongly recommend a 10% contingency in case of surface porosity anomalies. Failure to prepare at this stage may result in unnecessary joints in your new surfacing.
  • Ensure all of your work equipment and materials are clean, accessible and ready to start.
  • Make sure your working area is free from moisture, leaves/vegetation or other contaminates.
  • Protect the ground around your mixing area against spillages.
  • Do not lay resin products in wet weather or on to wet surfacing. Optimum temperatures between 5c – 35c.
  • Suitable eye and skin protection should be worn at all times.
  • Carefully read the safety data information before starting any work. This can be found on our website, videos page and on product packaging.
  • The resin sub-base needs to be level without any cracks or creases.
  • Aim for a surface of minimum 15mm in thickness applying masking tape to any adjoining edges to avoid resin transfer.

You are now ready to mix and lay your resin surface. We’ll be covering this in more detail in our next blog or to learn more, sign up to one of our one-day Resin Installer training courses. These take place each month at our North Kilworth trade shop and will give you all the help and guidance you need to get the best results from the RSD trade kits.

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