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IMPORTANT: PURCHASE THE SAME SIZE RESIN AND CATALYST

For optimal product utilization, be sure to choose the same Size for both the Base Resin and Catalyst. For example, if you choose Size 1 for the Hawk Epoxy Base Resin, also choose the Size 1 for the Catalyst. Mix ratios of Base Resin to Catalyst vary depending on which catalyst is being used. The Hawk Epoxy Base Resin and Catalysts have a color-coded banner on the front of each container to easily match up the Base Resin Size with a matching Catalyst Size. The following illustrations show the location of the size banner on the containers and the banner colors for each system size:






CHOOSING THE RIGHT CATALYST

Hawk Epoxy R1 Resin is designed to be used with the Hawk Epoxy Catalysts. Use the chart below to choose a catalyst for the desired application. See the Hawk Epoxy Technical Data Sheet (TDS) for additional product information, handling, storage and application information.

Resin/Catalyst
Advantages
Hawk Epoxy
Catalyst
Minimum
Temp (°F)
Pot Life
@ 70°F
Working
Time Thin
Film*
Cure to
Solid Thin
Film*
Cure to
Working
Strength
Mix Ratio
Resin/
Catalyst
For use in the warmest
conditions or when more
time is needed for application
C1
Ultra Slow
Catalyst
70 40-50
minutes
(4 Oz.)
3-4 hours 20-24 hours 4-9 days 3:1
For use in moderate
temperatures
C2
Slow Cure
Catalyst
60

20-25
minutes
(6 Oz.)

90-110
minutes
10-15 hours 1-4 days 5:1
For use in colder temperatures
or when a fast cure is needed
C3
Fast Cure
Catalyst
40 9-12
minutes
(6 Oz.)
60-70
minutes
6-8 hours 1-4 days 5:1
For use in clear coating, carbon
fiber application or reduced
blush in humid conditions
C5
Clear Finish
Catalyst
60 22-27
minutes
(4 Oz.)
110-130
minutes
12-18 hours 1-4 days 3:1

*Epoxy cures faster at higher temperatures and in thicker applications.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FILLER

More Strength
Harder to Sand
••••• ••••• Less Strength
Easier to Sand
Use F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6
Bonding Hardware
General Bonding
Bonding with fillets
Laminating
Fairing
​Filler suitability:  = Best     = Better     = Good     NO STARS = Do Not Use

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Preparation: Apply over clean, dry surfaces. Remove all grease, oil, wax, or other foreign material by solvent, such as, S-80 Wax N Grease Killer or detergent washing. (SSPC-SPI). Non-porous substrates must be sanded to create a rough surface for stronger bonding and adhesion. Remove all dust prior to application.

DISPENSING: Do not adjust ratio (R1 Epoxy Resin/Catalyst) to alter cure time. Use the exact mixing ratio as described in the Catalyst chart above or on the Catalyst Label. Ensure accurate measuring for maximum properties. Particular emphasis was placed in the overall strength and toughness of the cured system. Dispense into a clean, non-porous, straight-sided plastic or metal container. Foam and glass containers are unsuitable.

Dispensing with Hawk Pumps: If using the calibrated 30-KT Hawk Pumps, the correct ratio will be dispensed by one pump push of Catalyst and one pump push of R1 Resin to equal the correct ratio. See the 30-KT Hawk Pump directions for more details.

MIXING: Stir R1 Epoxy Resin and desired Catalyst well, ensuring that all materials from sides and bottom of container are thoroughly mixed for one to two minutes. Then include any Sea Hawk Filler (F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6) if desired, depending on application. Allow for adequate ventilation.

HEAT WARNING! Curing epoxy generates heat and should be mixed in a wide shallow container to increase the surface area of the mixture. Only combine R1 Resin and Catalyst in small batches to avoid excessive exothermic heat that could shorten the working time, melting or igniting the container or flammable materials and damage the skin.

HIGHER TEMPERATURE WARNING: R1 Epoxy Resin will cure faster in warmer temperatures. DO NOT alter mix ratio to compensate for temperature. Doing so could damage the cure and reduce the strength of the epoxy.

LOWER TEMPERATURE WARNING: Extra cure time is required as ambient temperature decreases. Using R1 Epoxy Resin below 40°F (4°C) could damage the cure and reduce the strength of the epoxy. DO NOT alter mix ratio to compensate for temperature.

CLEANUP: Clean up R1 Epoxy Resin, and mixed epoxy resin and Catalyst with S-80 Wax N Grease Killer, acetone, or MEK.

SPILL/LEAK: Use an inert absorbent to complete clean-up. This material reacts with oxidizing materials. Take up carefully to avoid heat and sparks.

STORAGE: Store in a cool (well-shaded), dry well-ventilated place away from high temperatures and moisture. Keep container tightly closed and protect from physical damage. Properly stored R1 Epoxy Resin has a shelf life of several years.

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Industrial safety glasses, respirator, neoprene gloves and protective clothing are recommended.

HAWK EPOXY COVERAGE SPECIFICATIONS

Saturation coat porous surfaces

PACKAGE SIZE 1………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 93–108 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 1………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 93–108 sq ft

PACKAGE SIZE 2………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 353–408 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 2………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 373–433 sq ft

PACKAGE SIZE 3………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 1533–1788 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 3………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 1678–1958 sq ft

Buildup coats non-porous surfaces

PACKAGE SIZE 1………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 123–138 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 1………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 123–138 sq ft

PACKAGE SIZE 2………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 465–523 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 2………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 493–553 sq ft


PACKAGE SIZE 3………. ( R1 : C3/C2)…………………. 2043–2303 sq ft
PACKAGE SIZE 3………. ( R1 : C5/C1)…………………. 2238–2523 sq ft