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Need some advice
Posted by: Jeff Leonard (---.lightspeed.caryil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: July 08, 2024 03:56PM

I just recently finished a build and used Pro Kote for the epoxy finish, first two coats went well as expected but after the third and final coat fully cured it turned somewhat cloudy. I have never seen this before is there anything i can do to save this short of sanding it all off?
Thanks in advance.


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Re: Need some advice
Posted by: Ross Pearson (---.dlth.qwest.net)
Date: July 08, 2024 06:30PM

Googled these - What is an amine blush?
Amine blush when working with epoxy: what you need to know
What is amine blush? As epoxy cures in contact with moisture, a greasy or waxy film known as amine blush is produced. This film is created on the surface of the cured epoxy. Its appearance alters depending on the amount of moisture in the air, but it's usually more noticeable in cool, moist conditions.

How do you get rid of amine blush?
When the relative humidity exceeds 80%, the surface of the cured product will absorb moisture and the finish may not appear to be glass-like. Amine blush can be washed away with warm soapy water and a sponge. If this doesn't get rid of the amine blushing, you can sand and polish the surface or alternatively top coat.

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Re: Need some advice
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: July 08, 2024 06:40PM

Sounds like epoxy or amine blush from high humidity, or temps near the dewpoint during application, it will go away as the air dries sometimes and a fellow once told me that Dawn dish soap and warm water scrub with a bristle brush will remove a surface film of it. I've had rods come in almost white from a long dunking, it goes away on those also for the most part.

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Re: Need some advice
Posted by: Jeff Leonard (---.lightspeed.caryil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: July 09, 2024 01:10PM

Thanks all I have to agree that what I am dealing with is amine blush and have never had the pleasure of dealing with it. I have never heard that you may be able to wash it off, I will try that right away, better than starting over.


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