SHELF LIFE 18 Months. Our competitors offer 6 months, or occasionally 9 months warranty on their cartridge packed product. This is often because they buy machine grade polyurethane in large drums, so by the time they reach the bottom of a drum the polyurethane can already be weeks (or even months) old. To cover this they are compelled to reduce the shelf life warranty period. Our product is made in small batches and packed into cartridges immediately, to ensure the absolute maximum shelf life, and so Domeit.Com offer an 18 month warranty on all Domeit.Com cartridges.
ONE HOUR CURE. Polyurethane by Domeit.Com is touch dry in a little over one hour at room temperature. Competitors machine grade products can take several hours to cure, and in worse cases require a special heated cabinet to achieve the desired result.
VISCOSITY. Because Domeit.Com polyurethane is expressly made for use in small cartridges it is formulated to be a very free flowing liquid when first applied to the surface to be domed, this enables you to dome even sharp corners and other difficult shapes with ease, This is because Domeit.Com polyurethane has a viscosity of only CPS 275 and flows like water, whereas machine grade products are usually CPS 600 which is about the same as molasses. The reason is quite simple, most of the people selling doming cartridges just buy the product in drums and re pack it into cartridges. This matters because the polyurethane in the steel drums is usually formulated for use in automatic doming machines. Such machines have a longer path for the resin to travel, and so require a slower curing, thicker viscosity material. This makes machine grade polyurethane unsuitable for use in a hand held dispensing gun, where the resin only travels through a mixing tube a few inches in length.
INCREASED YEALD. If the resin you are using is too high a viscocity it will reduce the area you can dome with each cartridge. Many of our customers report an increased coverage when using our product, with a saving in cost per square inch of domed area produced.
WHICH RESIN TO USE? Acrylic, Epoxy, Polyurethane, which is the best? The main differences are that both Epoxy and Acrylic resins are very easy to use. However, they both take a very long time to cure, sometimes as long as 14 or 18 hours. Also, both these materials are highly prone to discoloration from the effects of Ultra Violet light, which is most common in daylight. Even so, these materials will yellow even if kept in total darkness due to molecular changes in the material over time. For these reasons no Acrylic or Epoxy material has ever been awarded the accolade of "Automotive Grade" which is up to 6 years outdoor exposure without discoloration or visible deterioration. In addition to being non-yellowing Polyurethane is extremely durable due to its 'self repair' property. You can clearly demonstrate this yourself by indenting the surface of the domed label or badge with your finger nail - or some harder object - and you will see that the mark in the glossy surface disappears in seconds, leaving the dome as perfect as before. A label domed with acrylic or epoxy will have a hard glossy surface, but it is permanently marked by contact with a hard object or abrasive material.
RECOMENDED CONDITIONS FOR DOMING. Almost any non-absorbent label or badge material can be domed. Self Adhesive Vinyl, Polyester, Polyester, Mylar, can be domed. Also, Plexiglas, Acrylic, Rigid PVC, Glass, Various Metals etc. Some types of Film Laminated or Varnish Coated Paper can also be used but be sure to do a test doming before commencing large scale production. To ensure satisfactory results it is recommended that you operate in a room with a temperature of approx. 70 F and a relative humidity of approx. 35 degrees. These conditions are not difficult to create as they are not very far from the prevailing conditions in an average air conditioned office. If you have any doubts then you purchase a small Thermometer/Hygrometer from us for a few dollars. In the event that the humidity reading is too high then a small domestic dehumidifier can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes for under 200 dollars. However, this is usually only necessary in those areas of the country that are subject to high levels of atmospheric humidity at certain times of the year.
FREE HELP AND ADVISE. We are here to help. Please feel free to email us at Domeit,Com (see details on the Contact Us page) with any questions you may have about the use of Domeit.Com materials, we are always happy to help.