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ABL (STEVENS) Resin & Glass

Unit 4 Millbuck Way, Springvale Ind Est, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 3HT

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PVA Release Agent.

Intended Use

Designed as a mould release/parting agent for use when fabricating mouldings in polyester gelcoat and layup resins in GRP construction.



PVA Release Agents are a liquid solution of polyvinyl alcohol resin in a mixture of water and industrial methylated spirits sometimes including small quantities of dye and/or matting agent dependent upon the grade. Available in clear or blue and both glossy and matt versions. They have been developed to give best results if spray applied but glossy versions can also be applied by sponge or soft brush. PVA Release Agents can be applied over waxed or polish but the wax polish must be silicone free. Soluble in water therefore can be washed off moulds and mouldings with water even when dried. Matt versions are especially useful when producing low gloss finished mouldings.



To achieve the best results when using PVA Release Agents it is recommended that they be spray applied. However, the glossy versions can also be applied by sponge or soft brush. The mould surface must first be thoroughly waxed and polished with a silicone free wax ensuring no areas are left unwaxed as they will result in sticking of the moulding during release. During PVA application care must be taken not to flood the mould surface as this will cause variation to the finish over the area coated leading to a similar finish variation in the moulding. The best spray results are obtained by using as fine a spray as possible and a high air pressure of between 80 and 90 psi. A low output of PVA and a normal spraying distance of 30-40cm should be observed. One thin coat of PVA should be applied via a continuous multiple pass technique to give a wet film thickness of 50-150pm (microns). The spray gun can be washed out after every use with water and flushed through with solvent to remove residual water. The PVA must be allowed to dry completely before gelcoat or resin application to the mould begins. Cold, damp conditions will retard the drying rate. The drying rate should not be hastened by the simple expedient of turning a warm air fan over the sprayed mould, this will cause the wet PVA to skin over the exposed film surface whilst leaving moist solution trapped underneath. Preferably the mould itself should be pre-warmed in adverse conditions. Matt versions of PVA Release Agents should be stirred well before and during use. A PVA film is strongly recommended on new tooling for its insurance value in case waxing has been insufficient. Once the moulding has been constructed on the mould and has cured the PVA film may be dissolved to float the moulding free of the mould by working warm water down into the interface between the moulding and mould. PVA may be removed from both mouldings by washing them with water or methylated spirit where moulds have become stained.