Easy Spray-On – Easy Release for Molds
PVA, or polyvinyl alcohol, should be used with our #1016 Partall Wax for the easy release of parts from a mold. Wax should be applied to the mold, 3–4 layers thick, and buffed to a high gloss. Once the final layer of wax has dried, PVA should be applied with the following considerations:
- PVA can be brushed on, but for best results, apply with a spray gun, 12–18 inches away from substrate.
- Generally, apply in three layers: the first, a thin mist, allowing 10-15 minutes to dry completely. Then apply two heavier flow coats, allowing each to dry completely (30-45 minutes each).
- PVA should form a smooth, glossy surface that will not shrink or pull away from corners or curved surfaces.
- It may be applied over polyester repairs, or gel coat, as a surface layer for airless tack-free cure.
As a dry film, PVA is resistant to the solvents in a resin system, but is water soluble. PLEASE NOTE: It should not be used with resin or substrate that contains—or produces—water during cure.
One gallon covers approximately 400 square feet.
PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) release film is a commonly used material in composite manufacturing processes. Here is some information about the use of PVA release film:
- Purpose: PVA release film is primarily used as a release agent and surface protection material in composite molding. It creates a barrier between the composite part and the mold surface, preventing the part from sticking to the mold during the curing process.
- Release Properties: PVA release film has excellent release properties, allowing for easy removal of the cured composite part from the mold without causing damage or leaving residue. It helps to achieve a smooth and high-quality surface finish on the composite part.
- Compatibility: PVA release film is compatible with various types of molding materials, including polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy, and other thermosetting resins. It can be used with different mold surfaces, such as fiberglass, carbon fiber, and metal molds.
- Application: PVA release film is typically applied to the mold surface before the lay-up or infusion process. It is commonly used in conjunction with mold release wax to ensure a release from a composite mold. It can also be used as a barrier in open air gel coat applications.
- Water Solubility: PVA release film is water-soluble, which means it can be easily dissolved in water after the part has cured and released from the mold. This allows for easy cleanup and removal of the film from the mold surface.
- Surface Protection: In addition to its release properties, PVA release film provides a protective layer for the mold surface. It helps to prevent damage, scratches, or contamination during the lay-up and curing process.
- Shelf Life: PVA release film has a limited shelf life and can degrade over time when exposed to moisture or high temperatures. It is important to store the film in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight and humidity, and follow the manufacturer's recommendations regarding shelf life and storage conditions.
- Safety Considerations: When working with PVA release film, it is important to follow safety precautions and guidelines. This may include wearing protective gloves and eyewear, ensuring proper ventilation, and handling with care.
PVA release film is a popular choice in composite manufacturing due to its effective release properties and ease of use. It helps to simplify the demolding process and improve the overall quality of the finished composite parts.
ShippingPVA Release Film quart (#13-A), gallon (#13-B) and gallon case (#13-C) units can be shipped via standard ground service without hazard charges within the 48 contiguous United States. All sizes of #13 (quart, gallon and case) will be subject to a hazard charge if shipped by air. Please see our Hazardous Shipping Chart for more information about hazard fees. We will consolidate items whenever possible to minimize these fees.
SizesPVA Release Film PVA is available in a variety of sizes that include: One quart (#13-A) One gallone (#13-B) One case of 4 gallons (#13-C)
Apr 22, 2023 | By John Snook
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May 15, 2022 | By PAT SPENCER
Thanks for the quick response as usual on our order.
I had ordered elsewhere, heard nothing from them, contacting them every 2 weeks for update, excuses, so after 30 days the PVA still back ordered, maybe another 2 weeks... I removed from that order so they could send my color matched Sea Ray gel coat for some spot repairs... FIBREGLAST will be my 1st stop next time!