Styrene & Wax in Styrene (for Polyester Resins)
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Most polyester resins’ major ingredient is Styrene, a hydrocarbon solvent used to hold polyester reacted chemicals in solution in Polyester Resins. Use as a diluent for polyester resins, or mix with variable melting point waxes to dissolve them (Wax in Styrene) and act as a surfacing agent that inhibits solvent loss and aids gel and cure in Polyester Resins. Also acts as an agent for sanding, and is ideal for polishing the wax which rises to the surface after coating surfaces, giving a gloss finish to polyester and epoxy laminates. Note: Styrene is considered an active nerve agent, and has been implicated in health issues. Use with discretion – there should be no need to add styrene to most resins. Thinning resins may make them more brittle, and dilute strength characteristics considerable. Wax in Styrene is added as a surfacing agent.