PMC™-780 DRY Instructions
PMC™-780 DRY Preparation
This product has a limited shelf life and should be used as soon as possible. Materials should be stored and used at room temperature (73°F/23°C). Humidity should be low. Wear safety glasses, long sleeves and rubber gloves to minimize contamination risk. Good ventilation (room size) is necessary.
Some Materials Must Be Sealed
To prevent adhesion between the rubber and model surface, models made of porous materials (gypsum plasters, concrete, wood, stone, etc.) must be sealed prior to applying a release agent. SuperSeal™ or One Step™ is a fast drying sealer suitable for sealing porous surfaces without interfering with surface detail. You can also use Sonite™ Wax. A high quality Shellac is suitable for sealing modeling clays that contain sulfur or moisture (water based).
In all cases, the sealing agent should be applied and allowed to completely dry prior to applying a release agent.
Metal, glass, hard plastics, sulfur free clays, etc. require only a release agent.
Applying A Release Agent
A release agent is necessary to facilitate demolding when casting into or over most surfaces. Use a release agent made specifically for mold making like Ease Release™ 2910 (aerosol) or Ease Release 2910 (liquid) A liberal coat of release agent should be applied onto all surfaces that will contact the rubber.
IMPORTANT: To ensure thorough coverage, lightly brush the release agent with a soft brush over all surfaces of the model. Follow with a light mist coating and let the release agent dry for 30 minutes.
Because no two applications are quite the same, a small test application to determine suitability for your project is recommended if performance of this material is in question.
IMPORTANT: Shelf life of product is drastically reduced after opening. Immediately replacing the lids on containers after dispensing product will prolong the shelf life of the unused product.
PMC™-780 DRY Measuring & Mixing
Liquid urethanes are moisture sensitive and will absorb atmospheric moisture. Mixing tools and containers should be clean and made of metal or plastic.
IMPORTANT: Pre Mix the Part B before using. After dispensing the required amounts of Parts A and B into mixing container, mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes making sure that you scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing container several times.
If Mixing Large Quantities (24 lbs./11 kgs. or more) at one time, we suggest using a mechanical mixer (i.e. Squirrel Mixer or equal) for 3 minutes followed by careful hand mixing for one minute as directed above. Then, pour entire quantity into a new, clean mixing container and do it all over again.
Although this product is formulated to minimize air bubbles in the cured rubber, vacuum degassing will further reduce entrapped air. A pressure casting technique using a pressure chamber can yield totally bubble free castings. Contact AMT Composites for further information about vacuum degassing or pressure casting.
PMC™-780 DRY Pouring
For best results, pour your mixture in a single spot at the lowest point of the containment field. Let the rubber seek its level up and over the model. A uniform flow will help minimize entrapped air. The liquid rubber should level off at least 1/2” (1.3 cm) over the highest point of the model surface.
Allow the mold to cure (at least 48 hours) at room temperature (73°F/23°C) before demolding. Do not cure rubber in temperatures less than 65°F/18°C. Cure time can be reduced with mild heat or by adding Kick-It™ Cure Accelerator.
After rubber has cured at room temperature, heating the rubber to 150°F (65°C) for 4 to 8 hours will increase physical properties and performance.
Using The Mold
If using as a mold material, a release agent should be applied to the mold before each casting. The type of release agent to use depends on the material being cast. The proper release agent for wax, liquid rubber or thermosetting materials is a spray release made specifically for mold making. Prior to casting gypsum plaster materials, sponge the mold with a soap solution for better plaster flow and easy release.
PMC™-780 DRY Performance & Storage
Fully cured rubber is tough, durable and will perform if properly used and stored. The physical life of the rubber depends on how you use it. Contact Smooth-On directly with questions about this material relative to your application.