What exactly is resin?
In this section we refer solely to synthetic resins. A synthetic resin is a material that has the same characteristics as a natural resin: it is pourable, soft but good adhesive. Synthetic resins are often thermoplastic, slightly deformable and usually well insulating. Known synthetic resins are polyurethane and epoxy resins.
Where are resins used?
An example of the use of polyurethane resins is the use in paints and coatings, such as car paints. Certain requirements apply to car paint including scratch resistance (i.e.hard), stone chip resistant (i.e. flexible), high gloss (i.e. after hardening, chemically and physically inert) and low water permeability. These requirements can be met with coatings based on polyurethane chemistry.
Epoxy resins form a group of polymers with an important application in coatings. It can be applied as a cover layer (coating) but also in combination with glass fibers. Epoxy resins are also used as dual-component adhesives in industry. Epoxy glue is also often used as repair glue in which case a solid is used as filler ('liquid steel' or 'liquid wood').
When is resin a problem?
Resin is a problem if it is applied to a surface that needs to be clean and dry. To be able to work a surface, the resin has to be removed. This also applies to tools and machines that are contaminated.
Residual solvents such as methylene chloride or nmp are often required for the removal of resin.
Rapid evaporation of methylene chloride creates a harmful working environment due to a high concentrations in the air and can therefore contribute to OPS (organo psycho syndrome or "pain in the paint"). This is an irreversible damage to the brain through the inhalation of harmful solvents.
Reproductive toxic substances can have effects on all organs and body cells, including on genitals and germ cells, which can affect fertility. These substances can also be harmful during pregnancy. Due to the effects of these substances on the mother or if substances reach the unborn child via the placenta, deviations may occur which can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or reduced birth weight but also to the development of congenital abnormalities or other developmental disorders.
Exposure to these substances is undesirable for everyone because of the harmful health effects that can occur. The exposure to these substances in the workplace is often higher than in the general living environment.
Resin contamination, in addition to giving it an unkempt appearance, can damage materials and cause business processes to stop. Cleaning maintenance is normally very labor-intensive and therefore costly.
Epoxy resin removal
When epoxy resin hardens the agent can be very difficult to remove. Epoxy can be removed by ensuring that the agent becomes liquid again or at least gel-like, so that it can be removed from the surface. When epoxy is heated, harmful fumes are released. Too often acetone and thinner are used to remove epoxy resins. Rapid evaporation of these solvents creates a harmful working environment. Due to high concentrations in the air this can contribute to OPS (Organo Psycho Syndrome or "pain in the paint").
Removing resin from cars
Resins firmly attach themselves to car paint and it can be impossible to remove. A solvent such as white spirit or ether usually works but in some cases can leave a blue haze on the paint. Ecoatex contains absolutely no xylene, toluene, acetone, aromatic hydrocarbons or methylene chloride.
Resin removal solutions from Eco-Point
Our resin removers are responsible substitutes for, among other things, methylene chloride, nmp and fake and work quickly and effectively. The products are easy and safe to use and completely ecological. You can apply the product with a cloth or brush or by misting.
Suitable products for removing resin
Ecoatex (An Isega approved product.)