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Question DetailsAsked on 4/21/2018

what are the risks to my skin if the refinish does not cure properly? it's been 3 weeks and it is still pliable

i used Tough as Tile

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I would be asking Homax Refinishing Products (the manufacturer) that question - and also about a refund and how to get it off, because if it has not cured in 3 weeks I am afraid it probably never will. Sounds to me like, since this is a one-component finish so no mixing to get wrong (unless you did not stir/shake it adequately up front), that your curing conditions were not right - either too cool (below 75-85F), or more likely humidity is too high (they say not over 80%, but generally should not be over 50-60% AND non-condensing conditions throughout finish curing periods), or you got it wet before it was truly cured. (They say 72 hours after last coat at 75-85 degrees and not over 80% humidity).


Or you did not have correct curing conditions before recoating or recoated at incorrect time interval, in which case many finishes will stay gummy or soft forever. Generally, you have a quite short recoat period with spray products, maybe 1/4-1 hour commonly with brush-on - otherwise you have to wait the full cure time for it to totally harden, then surface roughen and reclean before recoating.


Or applied too thick, which as with most paints can result in the excess trapped solvent evaporating from the surface (from the thick inner portion curing more slowly) over too long a period of time, thereby softening the surface permanently. This is a common problem with laquers and epoxies and similar high solvent finishes. Takes several thin coats rather than one thick one to work right.


As for skin risk - from the MSDS it appears the product has 6 fairly strong solvents in it so I would not be surprised if it caused a skin irritatioin or rash in a bath environment, and I CERTAINLY would NOT bath a baby or child in it in uncured condition. I would personally expect, unless your skin is sensitive to a chemical in it, showering would probably not be a big issue because of the solvent dilution by the water running off over it. But if you can smell the solvent during bathing I would quit or make sure you have excellent ventilation - you do not want to breathing in those fumes.


Unfortunately, if still pliable, I doubt it will ever cure right and, once it starts getting scratched or pinholed, water will get in under it and it will start peeling, so I would be looking at removal and replacement. Looking at the Amazon reviews (a good place to see product reviews) it has a few good reviews, but 44% gave only one out of five stars and some read like they would be zero starts if that option was given. Sounds from the reviews like afew said follow the instruction to the letter and you should be happy with it, but the rest of the reviewers seemed to feel it did not cure right or smoothly, or peeled readily (which would usually indicate inadequate surface prep or cleaning).

Answered 7 months ago by LCD




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