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Specification

Product Data
ColourBlack
Chemistry / MaterialEpoxy
BrandEasy Composites
Initial Cure Time24
UV StabilityVery Good
Viscosity856mPa.s
Pot Life (Typical)33mins
Cured Mechanical Properties
Hardness70 (Hard)Shore D
FlexibilityHard / Rigid
Max Service Temp69°C
Tensile Strength70.3 - 75.9MPa
Tensile Modulus3670 - 3700GPa
Compressive Strength398 - 444MPa
Elongation at Break1.9 - 4.7%
Tg Onset (DMA)64.4 - 84.2°C
General Properties
Gross Weight0.576kg

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XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat

XCR Basecoat is a black epoxy primer coat intended for use when skinning or wrapping parts with carbon fibre. XCR Basecoat bonds the carbon fibre reinforcement to the original part being covered whilst at the same time providing a strong black background for the carbon, preventing the colour of the original component being visible from under the carbon fabric. Recommended for use with XCR Epoxy Coating Resin.

Sold as a kit (resin and hardener). Available to buy online in 500g and 1kg kits.


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XCR™ XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is an ultra-black epoxy primer coat intended for use when 'skinning' or 'wrapping' parts with carbon fibre. The purpose of the skinning basecoat is to bond the carbon fibre reinforcement to the original part being covered whilst at the same time providing a strong black background for the carbon, preventing the colour of the original component being visible from under the carbon fabric.

XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is designed specifically for use with our XCR Epoxy Coating Resin; the two resins working together to fully bond the carbon fibre to the original part and then provide a hard-wearing, highly polish-able, UV stabilised gloss finish.

In common with the XCR Epoxy Coating Resin, XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat has been formulated for rapid cure and will reach its 'B-stage' within just a few hours. Once the basecoat has reached its B-stage it will be firm but still tacky which is the correct point at which the carbon fibre should be pressed down only it. The basecoat should then be allowed to cure further before layers of XCR Epoxy Coating Resin are applied over the top of the carbon fibre.

To see how XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is used as part of the XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning process, take a look at the video tutorial below for our XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit and scan through to the section 'Mix and Apply Basecoat'.

How to Cover Existing Parts in Carbon Fibre - XCR Skinning Tutorial

Further Information

Compatible Materials

It's important to be aware that some plastics (including polypropylene, polyethylene, HDPE and others) can be very difficult to bond to. Parts made using these or similar plastics are unsuitable for skinning or would need to be prepared with a suitable primer which is capable of bonding to the specific plastic. If you are unsure, test a small area first before proceeding.

Compatibility Information - Dos and Don'ts

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the materials, pigments and additives listed below have all been tested and are known to work well with XCR Basecoat Resin.

  • Compatible Moulds
  • Epoxy, Polyester & Vinylester mould systems
  • EPS & PU foams/modelboards.
  • Carbon & glass woven fabrics
  • Natural fabrics & materials - eg flax, jute, denim, cotton etc.
  • Wood
  • Compatible Pigments
  • Already pigmented Black.
  • Compatible Fillers
  • All dry filler powders
  • Metal Powders
  • Photoluminescent (glow in the dark) powders

Key Processing Information

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • XCR Basecoat Resin is almost odourless.
  • 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. For best results laminating at an ambient of 20-25°C is required.
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary. Simply mix and use.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Mix 'Resin and 'Hardener' 3:1 by weight. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 1 minute.
  • Pot-Life
  • 33 minutes. Be sure to pour your casting(s) before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating)
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Very large batches of mixed resin in a pot will quickly overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed resin unattended.
  • Maximum Thickness
  • Maximum thickness per layer is 1mm.
  • Overcoat Time
  • 1 hour 40 minutes at 20°C
  • Initial Cure Time/Demould
  • Initial cure time is 3 hours 40 minutes to touch dry. Full hardness achieved over 24 hours, ambient temperature dependent.

For more detailed process specific information, full instructions and mechanical data, please download the technical datasheet from the datasheets tab.

XCR™ XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is an ultra-black epoxy primer coat intended for use when 'skinning' or 'wrapping' parts with carbon fibre. The purpose of the skinning basecoat is to bond the carbon fibre reinforcement to the original part being covered whilst at the same time providing a strong black background for the carbon, preventing the colour of the original component being visible from under the carbon fabric.

XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is designed specifically for use with our XCR Epoxy Coating Resin; the two resins working together to fully bond the carbon fibre to the original part and then provide a hard-wearing, highly polish-able, UV stabilised gloss finish.

In common with the XCR Epoxy Coating Resin, XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat has been formulated for rapid cure and will reach its 'B-stage' within just a few hours. Once the basecoat has reached its B-stage it will be firm but still tacky which is the correct point at which the carbon fibre should be pressed down only it. The basecoat should then be allowed to cure further before layers of XCR Epoxy Coating Resin are applied over the top of the carbon fibre.

To see how XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat is used as part of the XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning process, take a look at the video tutorial below for our XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit and scan through to the section 'Mix and Apply Basecoat'.

How to Cover Existing Parts in Carbon Fibre - XCR Skinning Tutorial

Further Information

Compatible Materials

It's important to be aware that some plastics (including polypropylene, polyethylene, HDPE and others) can be very difficult to bond to. Parts made using these or similar plastics are unsuitable for skinning or would need to be prepared with a suitable primer which is capable of bonding to the specific plastic. If you are unsure, test a small area first before proceeding.

Compatibility Information - Dos and Don'ts

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the materials, pigments and additives listed below have all been tested and are known to work well with XCR Basecoat Resin.

  • Compatible Moulds
  • Epoxy, Polyester & Vinylester mould systems
  • EPS & PU foams/modelboards.
  • Carbon & glass woven fabrics
  • Natural fabrics & materials - eg flax, jute, denim, cotton etc.
  • Wood
  • Compatible Pigments
  • Already pigmented Black.
  • Compatible Fillers
  • All dry filler powders
  • Metal Powders
  • Photoluminescent (glow in the dark) powders

Key Processing Information

  • Ease of Use
  • Suitable for professional and hobby use (follow SDS advice).
  • Odour
  • XCR Basecoat Resin is almost odourless.
  • 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. For best results laminating at an ambient of 20-25°C is required.
  • Degassing
  • Not necessary. Simply mix and use.
  • Mix Ratio
  • Mix 'Resin and 'Hardener' 3:1 by weight. Use digital scales.
  • Mixing
  • Mix thoroughly by hand for at around 1 minute.
  • Pot-Life
  • 33 minutes. Be sure to pour your casting(s) before this time.
  • Exotherm (Over-Heating)
  • Resin will heat-up whilst it cures. Very large batches of mixed resin in a pot will quickly overheat (exotherm) and can smoke/ignite. Never leave mixed resin unattended.
  • Maximum Thickness
  • Maximum thickness per layer is 1mm.
  • Overcoat Time
  • 1 hour 40 minutes at 20°C
  • Initial Cure Time/Demould
  • Initial cure time is 3 hours 40 minutes to touch dry. Full hardness achieved over 24 hours, ambient temperature dependent.

For more detailed process specific information, full instructions and mechanical data, please download the technical datasheet from the datasheets tab.

Downloads (2)

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

Safety Datasheet (SDS)2 MB
Technical Datasheet (TDS)331 KB

Specification

Product Data
ColourBlack
Chemistry / MaterialEpoxy
BrandEasy Composites
Initial Cure Time24
UV StabilityVery Good
Viscosity856mPa.s
Pot Life (Typical)33mins
Cured Mechanical Properties
Hardness70 (Hard)Shore D
FlexibilityHard / Rigid
Max Service Temp69°C
Tensile Strength70.3 - 75.9MPa
Tensile Modulus3670 - 3700GPa
Compressive Strength398 - 444MPa
Elongation at Break1.9 - 4.7%
Tg Onset (DMA)64.4 - 84.2°C
General Properties
Gross Weight0.576kg
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For skinning we normally recommend using approximately 500g per square meter of Basecoat. That means a 1kg pack would give you approximately 2 square meters of coverage.
Unfortunately it won't. Acetal (either POM-C or POM-H) is incredibly difficult to bond to. In fact, we choose to manufacture a number of products (like spreaders, rollers and mixing sticks) out of acetal specifically because epoxy resin won't stick to it! There are actually very few materials that will stick to acetal so I think you might have your work cut out on this one: significant surface prep (coarse keying) would be required before use of an interface adhesive such as cyanoacrylate.

It's hard to picture a scenario where you would want to use these two materials together. If you're wanting to 'skin' something in a flexible resin then it would be better to add some black epoxy pigment to the EF80 to make a flexible black basecoat. However, EF80 is not designed as a skinning resin and nor would it behave like one so I'm not sure whether you'd achieve what you're looking for with this. Certainly conduct some trials to check whether you get the effect/results you're looking for.

The basecoat is just there to ensure that the carbon fabric sticks firmly to the material underneith. After sticking the cloth to the basecoat you need to build up layers of clear resin over the top of the part and then flat and polish this resin to have the finished, glossy appearance.

Yes, Carbon Skinning Basecoat will bond to MDF. For the best bond we recommend keying the surface of the MDF and ensuring it is clean and free from any contaminants or dust.

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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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