SUN CURE® UVC 2000
for using Sun Cure UVC 2000 in Polyester resin
is it? Sun Cure UVC 2000 is an Ultra Violet Catalyst that
is added to your polyester resin (SILMAR®
brand is preferred for best results) to make it cure, "within
minutes," when exposed to Ultra Violet light produced from
the sun or artificial light source (tanning bulbs). Optimum UV range is 260 - 320 NM
is the UVC 2000 mixed? Usually all at once instead of one
batch at a time. This is because your mixed Sun Cure resin can
be stored for as long as you want and will only cure when exposed
to UV light. For large containers and drums the use of a mixer
for 60 minutes is preferred. Make sure to keep resin in
an opaque container and test before use to ensure proper mixture.
Surfboards? Yes, Sun Cure is being used world wide to produce
surfboards that are stronger, have a whiter appearance and can
be put to use immediately with no compromise in strength.
Sun Cure Work on Cloudy or Cold Days? Yes, both, it may take a minute or two longer but the Sun Cure will work. Avoid use if serious weather is present.
do I apply my Laminates? The same way you do regular glass
jobs. However, if you have thick, heavy colored laminates that
don't let light pass through you will need to add a small amount
(1/8 amount of regular MEKP catalyst) to the Sun Cure resin. This
will eventually harden any areas underneath any areas blocked
by UV light while not affecting the UV cure.
I re-use the excess resin? Yes, as long as it is not exposed
to direct UV light for several minutes it will not cure. Just
cap it and store it for the next use. It is estimated that almost
1 liter (1quart) of resin is wasted per board. (Any Sun Cure resin
containing small amounts of MEKP will eventually harden).
about Hot Coats? Add your own styrene/wax solution and make
it your way. Sun Cure works with it all. Allow hot coat to sit
for 10 minutes before exposing to UV light to allow the wax
to rise to the surface. Note: during intense summer
months, Sun Cure hot coats should be exposed to UV for 15 seconds
and then removed for 1 minute before replacing in the sun for
full cure. This process will slow down the cure and allow the
wax to rise to the surface to prevent tackiness. This can be avoided by using an artificial
Q-Cell Filler? Yes, it makes in incredible filler, that cures
quickly. Deep fractures may need several layers @ 1/4" thick each and take a few
minutes longer. Avoid using colored pigments or Tints due to light
Sun Cure Resin work with (mekp-hardener)? Yes, as long as
you keep it away from UV light, Sun Cure Resin will harden no
differently than regular catalyzed resin. So it is o.k. to use
it for filling FCS or leash cups.
UVC 2000 work for leash cups or FCS cups? Not exposed to UV
light due to light blockage.
Manufacturers who use Sun Cure UVC 2000:
Nev, Rusty, Breakaway, Diamond Glassing, Jeff Clark, Escape,
L.P. Glassing, Surf Prescriptions, Dynamic Glassing, Surf Shapes
cc, Composite Technology, Steve Forstall, Hawkenson Fiberglassing,
M10 Surfboards, Arrow Surfboards.
6 foot UCVT, rolling unit
BENEFITS OF USING SUN CURE
is a list of how this product is revolutionizing the surfing industry:
TIME SAVING - Can be as much as 2 to 3 hours
in cure time per board.
COST SAVING - Downsize factory size. Possibly where your greatest
savings could be found. Remember, there is a cost for all of the
floor space needed for drying racks. If set up properly, you will
be able to reduce this space by using only one or two drying racks
with UV curing hoods.
LESS WASTE - Recapture saving Vs waste. Under normal working
conditions between 20 and 30 percent of catalyzed resin is wasted,
(i.e.: drops to floor, on tools or left in bucket.) that averages
about $2.00 per board.
LOW (VOC) EMITTANCE - Health, a hidden cost bus is still there.
Less exothermic fumes, SUN CURE resin produces low levels of VOC's
meeting or exceeding current and pending environmental regulations.
Less handling and mixing MEK. Eliminate the air borne MEK in sanding
dust. Less use for acetone to constantly clean tools.
NO MIXING (MEK) - No need for purchasing or handling large
amounts of MEK. Keep in mind that all wasted resin is catalyzed.
is mixed just once, eliminating the constant mixing of MEKP..
ALL TEMPERATURE - Old-glassing methods are temperate requiring
constant temperature monitoring and temperature control. SUN
CURE works in all temperatures.
SUPERIOR METHOD OF CATALIZATION - Control the hardness
of resin by the use of a time. SUN CURE only cures when exposed
to light. Stopping this process short will stop the hardening
process at that point. A great feature for different stages of
laminating. If trimming is needed reduce the time, for rock hardness
UNLIMITED WORKING TIME - No need to race against the clock.
SUN CURE cures only when exposed to UV light. Therefore the manufacture
can make mistakes or changes to the lamination without the clock
BRIGHTER LAMINATIONS - Compared to standard oxidizing catalizations,
SUN CURE laminations will appear noticeably brighter white. UV
or Radiation cureing with UVC 2000 can only realize this feature.
STRONGER LAMINATIONS - Surfboards can be ridden immediately.
SUN CURE eliminates the 2 to 3 weeks fragile period of normal
resin. Less pressure dings and broken boards.
YOUR OWN UVCU
Diameter - 35"
Aluminum Sheet Length - 2 @ 4 ft. wide x 6 or 8 ft. long
End Rings - 1" dia conduit, 2 @ 35" outer diameter.
Top Bulb Spacing - 8 inches apart.
Side Bulb Placement - Center
Bottom Bulb Placement - 2 inches up from bottom edge
Ballast Placement - Top center, connecting the 2 aluminum
Wiring - Foil taped inside unit
Timer - Mounting optional
(Note: 8 foot units require double the amount of bulbs and ballast
as compared to 6 foot units.)
8 foot UVCT with side
(LOCATED @ l.p. Glassworks IHB, FL)
Bulbs: 100 watt 8.5 bi-pin. Standard lengths are
59 or 71 inches.
Bi-Pin Sockets: 2 per bulb.
Timer: Very important for safety and preserving the life of
Wire Harness for UV Ballast & Bulb Hook up
Watt Ballast: Make sure it matches the bulb wattage.
Ultra Violet Catalyst
1 gallon or 1 litre packs.
10 gallon and 20 liter packs
55 galon drum pack
plastic mixing container.
Diagrams for building an UV Curing Unit