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Safety Datasheet (SDS) - Old version Pre-Sep 2021923 KB
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)358 KB
Dutch Safety DataSheet (SDS)373 KB
Technical Datasheet (TDS)351 KB

Specification

Product Data
ColourClear
Chemistry / MaterialPolyester
Viscosity1200mPa.s
UV StabilityVery Good
Flexural Strength90MPa
Elongation at Break2%
Tg Onset (DMA)66°C
Volatile Content41%
Pot Life and Cure Times
Full Cure Time7Days
Pot Life (Typical)20mins
Initial Cure Time12Hrs
Cured Mechanical Properties
Max Service Temp66°C
Hardness75 (Hard)Shore D
Tensile Strength55MPa
Tensile Modulus3600GPa
Flexural Modulus4100GPa
Weight and Dimensions
Density1.1g/cm³
General Properties
Gross Weight1.2kg

Shipping Information

In the currently selected pack size, this product is classed as 'Limited Quantity Dangerous Goods' for the purposes of transport. This means that transport restrictions apply to certain destinations.

No restrictions or surcharges shipping by road to:

UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, , Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

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Can't ship to:

All other countries. If your country is not listed above then unfortunately we can't ship this product to you.

For very large orders, specialist shipping can be arranged. Please contact us to discuss.

GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin

Superior quality, Lloyds approved GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin recommended for fibreglass component manufacture such as boat hulls, hatches, vehicle panels and architectural mouldings.

This resin also has good clarity and bubble-free wet-out of carbon fibre cloth, making it a suitable polyester resin for the hand-lamination of cosmetic carbon fibre parts.

Requires MEKP catalyst, not included. Available to buy online in 1kg, 5kg, and 25kg tins.


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Polyester laminating resin has been the staple product of the composites industry for years and is still widely used in traditional composites and basic mould making.

We only stock and sell a higher than standard grade of polyester laminating resin which is Lloyds approved (therefore suitable for boat making and boat repairs), UV stable, and very clear curing making it ideal as both a general purpose polyester resin and also suitable for clear laminating such as cosmetic carbon fibre parts.

Requires MEKP Catalyst, not included.

Typical Uses

It is widely known that for high performance structural applications using carbon fibre or other advanced reinforcements (aramid, UHMWPE etc.) more advanced resin systems, such as epoxy, should be used. There are however circumstances where the structural performance of a laminate is less important, and properties such as appearance, UV stability and cost are higher priorities. In these situations, a high quality polyester laminating resin can be used with carbon fibre reinforcement (often just a single layer, combined with additional glass reinforcement) to produce attractive, UV stable, carbon fibre finish laminates.

Our GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin offers particularly good wetting of fibres, specifically carbon fibres, meaning the 'wet-lay' or open lamination of carbon fibre parts can be undertaken whilst considerably reducing the problem of trapped air bubbles which often blight the cosmetic appearance of wet-lay carbon fibre laminates, It is also suitable as a fibreglass resin.

For the best results, we recommend a high quality clear polyester gelcoat and extensive use of a Bristle Roller to significantly reduce air entrapment and improve the cosmetic appearance of the laminate when working with a clear gelcoat.

Further Information

Compatibility Information - Dos and Don'ts

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the mould materials, pigments and additives listed below have all been tested and are known to work well with GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin.

  • Compatible Moulds
  • Uni-Mould Mould System
  • Epoxy Tooling Gelcoat
  • Epoxy gelcoat based moulds
  • Polyester based moulds
  • Polypropylene and polyethylene sheet
  • Aluminium
  • Toughened Glass (eg. flat sheet manufacture)
  • Compatible Pigments
  • Polyester Colour Pigment (for vivid opaque colours)
  • Translucent Tinting Pigment (for less vivid opaque colours)
  • Compatible Fillers
  • All dry filler powders

Key Processing Information

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • GP Polyester has a strong styrene based odour.
  • Safety Precautions
  • Wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated area. Always read the SDS before use.
  • Ambient Conditions
  • Can be used from 15 to 30°C although pot-life and cure time will be affected significantly. Recommended working at an ambient of 20-25°C.
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary in most cases. Simply mix and use.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Add MEKP Catalyst at a ratio of 1-2% dependent on temperature and desired pot life. Further details in TDS. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 2 minutes.
  • Application
  • Can be applied by brush or resin applicator roller.
  • Pot-Life
  • The pot life at 23°C with 1% MEKP Catalyst is 20 minutes. Be sure to use your resin before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating)
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Mix in small batches and use expediently. Mixed resin in a pot will quickly overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed resin unattended.
  • Cure Time/Demould
  • At 23°C you can expect the resin to be cured within 12-24hours dependent on catalyst ratio.

Polyester laminating resin has been the staple product of the composites industry for years and is still widely used in traditional composites and basic mould making.

We only stock and sell a higher than standard grade of polyester laminating resin which is Lloyds approved (therefore suitable for boat making and boat repairs), UV stable, and very clear curing making it ideal as both a general purpose polyester resin and also suitable for clear laminating such as cosmetic carbon fibre parts.

Requires MEKP Catalyst, not included.

Typical Uses

It is widely known that for high performance structural applications using carbon fibre or other advanced reinforcements (aramid, UHMWPE etc.) more advanced resin systems, such as epoxy, should be used. There are however circumstances where the structural performance of a laminate is less important, and properties such as appearance, UV stability and cost are higher priorities. In these situations, a high quality polyester laminating resin can be used with carbon fibre reinforcement (often just a single layer, combined with additional glass reinforcement) to produce attractive, UV stable, carbon fibre finish laminates.

Our GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin offers particularly good wetting of fibres, specifically carbon fibres, meaning the 'wet-lay' or open lamination of carbon fibre parts can be undertaken whilst considerably reducing the problem of trapped air bubbles which often blight the cosmetic appearance of wet-lay carbon fibre laminates, It is also suitable as a fibreglass resin.

For the best results, we recommend a high quality clear polyester gelcoat and extensive use of a Bristle Roller to significantly reduce air entrapment and improve the cosmetic appearance of the laminate when working with a clear gelcoat.

Further Information

Compatibility Information - Dos and Don'ts

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the mould materials, pigments and additives listed below have all been tested and are known to work well with GPX Premium Polyester Laminating Resin.

  • Compatible Moulds
  • Uni-Mould Mould System
  • Epoxy Tooling Gelcoat
  • Epoxy gelcoat based moulds
  • Polyester based moulds
  • Polypropylene and polyethylene sheet
  • Aluminium
  • Toughened Glass (eg. flat sheet manufacture)
  • Compatible Pigments
  • Polyester Colour Pigment (for vivid opaque colours)
  • Translucent Tinting Pigment (for less vivid opaque colours)
  • Compatible Fillers
  • All dry filler powders

Key Processing Information

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • GP Polyester has a strong styrene based odour.
  • Safety Precautions
  • Wear gloves and goggles and work in a well ventilated area. Always read the SDS before use.
  • Ambient Conditions
  • Can be used from 15 to 30°C although pot-life and cure time will be affected significantly. Recommended working at an ambient of 20-25°C.
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary in most cases. Simply mix and use.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Add MEKP Catalyst at a ratio of 1-2% dependent on temperature and desired pot life. Further details in TDS. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 2 minutes.
  • Application
  • Can be applied by brush or resin applicator roller.
  • Pot-Life
  • The pot life at 23°C with 1% MEKP Catalyst is 20 minutes. Be sure to use your resin before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating)
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Mix in small batches and use expediently. Mixed resin in a pot will quickly overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed resin unattended.
  • Cure Time/Demould
  • At 23°C you can expect the resin to be cured within 12-24hours dependent on catalyst ratio.

Downloads (4)

This is a chemical product. Before storage or use you must download and read the accompanying safety and technical datasheets.

Safety Datasheet (SDS) - Old version Pre-Sep 2021923 KB
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)358 KB
Dutch Safety DataSheet (SDS)373 KB
Technical Datasheet (TDS)351 KB

Specification

Product Data
ColourClear
Chemistry / MaterialPolyester
Viscosity1200mPa.s
UV StabilityVery Good
Flexural Strength90MPa
Elongation at Break2%
Tg Onset (DMA)66°C
Volatile Content41%
Pot Life and Cure Times
Full Cure Time7Days
Pot Life (Typical)20mins
Initial Cure Time12Hrs
Cured Mechanical Properties
Max Service Temp66°C
Hardness75 (Hard)Shore D
Tensile Strength55MPa
Tensile Modulus3600GPa
Flexural Modulus4100GPa
Weight and Dimensions
Density1.1g/cm³
General Properties
Gross Weight1.2kg
Can’t find the answer you’re looking for?Ask our technical team a question.

The reason we can’t ship MEKP outside of the UK is because it is highly oxidizing, and standard carrier services do not permit it to be transported.

However you can purchase MEKP from any suppliers of composite materials including fibreglass (GRP) shops, roofing suppliers, boat buildings, car bodyshops etc. There is nothing special about the MEKP we supply, you can ask at your local supplier for ‘Standard reactivity MEKP’; brands such as Andanox KP9, Akperox A30, Butanox M50 (Akzo Nobel) are all suitable and  widely available.

The catalyst ratio is between 0.5% and 3% dependant on amount of resin being used, the ambient temperature and the pot-life and cure time you want. For a typical small job where you’re mixing up 1kg of resin for a repair and you want a 10min pot-life and you’re working in workshop temperatures of around 18°C then we would use 2% catalyst. Our handy Catalyst Dispenser Bottle is a convenient way to measure out these sort of quantities of MEKP.

Yes, it's certainly a valid process to make glass reinforced composites (GRP) using the resin infusion process. However, rather than use a 'general purpose' polyester resin (such as the one listed on this page) it would be much better to use a resin system which is formulated for resin infusion, such as our IN2 Epoxy Infusion Resin (for higher performance laminates) or our IP2 Polyester Infusion Resin (well suited to less strength-to-weight critical applications).

Yes that is correct. You will ned to add the Solution MW to the lats layer of the resin so it cures.without a tacky finish.

Our General Purpose Polyester Laminating Resin is an orthophthalic based Polyester resin system.

Generally we would not recommend this polyester resin for skinning parts. We do not have any alternative polyesters that would be suitable, however we do have an epoxy resin ideal for skinning. The resin is our XCR Epoxy Coating Resin which is the same resin we supply in all our Skinning kits.

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Shipping Information

In the currently selected pack size, this product is classed as 'Limited Quantity Dangerous Goods' for the purposes of transport. This means that transport restrictions apply to certain destinations.

No restrictions or surcharges shipping by road to:

UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, , Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Shipping possible by airfreight (£55 surcharge applies) to:

United States, Finland, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Trinidad and Tobago

Can't ship to:

All other countries. If your country is not listed above then unfortunately we can't ship this product to you.

For very large orders, specialist shipping can be arranged. Please contact us to discuss.

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