EnvirotexLite from ETI

Envirotex / EnvirotexLite

Envirotex Lite, often called just Envirotex, is a pour-on plastic coating that is produced by Environmental Technology, Inc. It air dries to a resilient high gloss finish in approximately eight hours at 70°F, completely curing within 36 hours and does not require a degassing chamber. This Envirotex product  reaches its full strength and durable hardiness in about 36 to 48 hours after pouring. Although one coat is all that is usually required for an attractive, durable coating that is equivalent to up to 50 coats of varnish, two or more coats may be applied by simply wiping the surface with a clean cloth and alcohol prior to recoating after curing. Envirotex requires no polishing to achieve its high gloss beauty.

Though not suitable for casting, Envirotex can be used in shallow bezels like deep well rings, bottle caps, or even to coat bar or table tops. Envirotex Lite is a favorite of resin jewelry crafters for their beautiful embedded resin jewelry, resin tiles, and shiny coasters personalized with mementos, wall plaques, figurines, table tops, cabinet knobs, clocks, and bar tops. Envirotex has also found a niche with miniature gamers, model railroaders, and in Christmas village displays for realistic looking shallow water and icy ponds.

Envirotex is easy to use and does not have a strong smell, though it should be used in a well-ventilated area. It should be noted, though, that Envirotex Lite is not recommended for exterior use. To apply over polyurethane finishes, simply scuff sand and then wipe clean before coating.

Graduated cups with smooth flat walls and a flat bottom, stir sticks with a flat side and bottom for scraping the sides and bottom of the cup when mixing, and brushes are used to apply this beautiful finish. It’s best to use a container that holds 50% more than the amount you are mixing to allow adequate room for mixing. Do not mix Envirotex in a wax-coated container.

For best results apply Envirotex Lite to your project in a clean, dry, and dust-free room where the humidity is below 50%. It’s also best to coat your item at a temperature between 70 and 80°F. Higher room temperatures up to 100°F after pouring will speed up the cure rate and increase the hardness. (A small electric heater is recommended; never use a propane heater as these increase room humidity.)

On average use 4 to 6 ounces of Envirotex Lite per square foot. Envirotex should be mixed when slightly warm (70°F) for easy mixing and to inhibit bubble formation. Pour as soon as it is thoroughly mixed. Once mixed, you have approximately 25 minutes of working time at 70°F, less at warmer temperatures.

Within ten minutes of pouring, bubbles will rise to the surface and begin to break. Exhaling across the surface of your small item will help break the bubbles; a small propane torch is recommended for large items.

Envirotex is the choice of experts to give a beautiful finish to their most beloved keepsakes and artistic endeavors. Now you can give your treasured projects the beautiful glossy finish of Envirotex Lite, too.

® Envirotex Lite is a registered trademark.

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24 Comments

char

Hello there, I purchased the Envirotex jewelry Resin and it says that it is UV resistant and I would like to know if this product would hender an item’s glow-in-the-dark capabilities. If so, what do you recommend for such a project that will not yellow because of the uv light. Thank you.

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Katherine Swift

Char, I would expect that enough UV light would still pass through to activate glow in the dark powder pigments. Our Resin Obsession brand super clear resin works well for this too.

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Diane

I was thinking about using the Envirotex Lite to make pendants using plastic molds. I want to use Envirotex because it cures super hard as opposed to epoxy. However, it is recommended to be used as a coating and only 1/8 inch thick. Would it work to do 2 thin layers to make a pendant using this product? Or do you have a different recommendation? I live in a humid environment so polyurethane isn’t appropriate.

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Tara

Hi,

Wondering if anyone has used envirotex lite to encase flowers or leaves? Though it does not say on the package that is has UV protectants, I suspect it does. I’m hoping someone else has experience with this.
I am concerned with the colour fading significantly.

I live in Bermuda and we have very limited supply here, the envirotex jewelry resin (that states it has uv protectants) comes in such small amounts and it would cost me thousands for what I’m trying t do! Furthermore, I’d have to have it shipped in.

I have some test pieces sitting in the sun to see how much uv it can take and I’ll report back.
But would love to know sooner rather than later! 🙂

THANK YOU!

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Tara

Also, just want to note that it is jewellery I’m making… It needs to withstand a fair amount of light but certainly nothing in comparison to being outside in the sun all day.

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Katherine

@Tara,

I know the Envirotex Lite works well with flowers, but I don’t have any experience with long term UV light exposure.

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Stephanie

I’m new to EnviroTex Jewelry Resin, but have had great results so far. I’m really happy with my bezels and want to display them in my car, but I’m worried about leaving them in the extreme heat. What’s the highest temperature you think a cured EnviroTex piece could withstand?

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Katherine

@Stephanie, anything over 115 degrees F I would worry about. I would also worry about direct sunlight causing the pieces to warp.

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Stephanie

Thanks for the advice, I’m going to take it! But now I have another question. How scratch resistant is EnviroTex? I’m interested in making keychains and drink coasters, but I’m worried about how well they’d hold up if they were actually used.

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Katherine Swift

@Stephanie, it will eventually show some wear, but you can recoat them with resin to get them shiny again if desired.

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Yvonne

I’m new to this type of product and I’m hoping someone may have some advice that can help. I have a wooden tray that measures 10.5″ x 17.5″ x maybe 3/4″ high (to open handles used to carry the tray). On the bottom of the tray I have colored sand with seashells and want to cover that with the resin. My question is; how do I pour the resin into the bottom of the tray without disturbing the sand? Do I need to put a layer on the bottom of the tray and then add the sand or do I need to leave room around the edges for it to adhere to something? I would appreciate any help I can get, this is a wedding gift that I want to be proud of. Thank you.

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David

Hi Katherine! I coated a large (30″ x 40″) image with two coats of EnviroTex, and it’s got this faint smell but it’s noticeable because I sit fairly close to it , about 2′ away. A much smaller project has no odor at all. Have you noticed this effect with tabletops and the like?

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Katherine Swift

I haven’t, but I have probably gotten used to it. With a project that large, I’m not surprised you notice an odor. Is it still persisting post curing?

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Katherine Swift

Have you tried running a fan to get rid of the smell? I have never had it persist for more than a couple of days.

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David

No, I haven’t, but I’ll just put up with it! Still, I’d be curious if anyone else noticed this, or if perhaps I screwed up something with the mixing, which I doubt I did. I plan to hit this puppy with another two coats, and it would be good to know if there’s something obvious I’m just not doing, or if it’s just something to live with.

Jen

I make bangles and I need a good finishing resin to brush onto my projects. I use silicone mold to ensure a glossy look, then sand with wet and dry paper. Would envirotex go on ok work a brush? Would I need to same drips off?

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Katherine Swift

Hi Jen, I see your question in our forum. I have responded there.

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Loren

Does your Resin Obsession transparent color pigments work with EnviroTex? I’m sure it’s on here somewhere already, but I have spent too long looking and can’t find the answer. Sorry!

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Katherine Swift

I have not used them with Envirotex Lite and cannot say for sure. I have, however, used them with EasyCast resin and they have worked fine.

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