Resin Bound FAQ’s – Or Resin Bound VFAQ (V for Very)!
At Vuba, we have been offering resin bound kits in a similar format to how we sell them now since 2009. In fact, we were the first to sell resin bound kits online! Let’s start with the first two resin bound FAQ’s…
1. What is the difference between resin bound and resin bonded?
Despite similar names, that’s where the similarities end for resin bound and resin bonded systems.
Resin bound is an eco-friendly, highly porous paving solution for ground surfacing. It is a choice of decorative aggregates mixed with specialist resins then hand trowelled to give a flat smooth surface suitable for driveways, paths and patios.
Resin bond is laid by applying a layer of resin to the floor surface using a serrated squeegee or trowel, and then aggregates are broadcast on top of. This gives a non-porous surface, which has a coarser finish and leaves a certain amount of loose stone on the final surface which has to be removed.
2. What surface can I lay resin bound on to?
Resin bound kits should be laid on to a solid surface, which is typically asphalt (Tarmac) or concrete / screed. We also have the Vubacell Interlocking Cellular Paving Grid which can be applied on to hardcore and overlaid with a resin bound screed.
Over the years we’ve had a lot of resin bound related questions asked of our team! An average of 25 resin bound related enquiries / day x 3 questions per call x 5 days in a week x 4.3 weeks in a month = 1,612 questions a month about resin bound screeds!
3. Do I need to use a primer?
On good surfaces a primer is not required, but on a friable or dusty surface then we do recommend that the surface is primed using Polyprime.
4. How do I clean my trowel?
We recommend cleaning your trowel with our Vuba Cleaning Solvent, or alternatively you can use soapy water. Be sure to not spill solvent on to the resin bound working area because it could cause delamination.
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So what do you guys ask about when it comes to resin bound products? Well, we addressed a lot of questions in our popular Youtube Channel. Our channel is updated every few months with new video tutorials, so it’s worth subscribing – Click her to view. We have other cool products on our channel you might want to learn about too, besides resin bound!
But specifically, you can check out our viral video here:
Here’s the next 4 of our Vuba Top 10 Resin Bound Questions we are asked on a daily basis:
5. How long do I have to mix the resin bound kit for?
Mix the resin and activator for 90 seconds first. Then, add the aggregate and mix for a further 90 seconds. Mixing time should be uniform to prevent colour differentiation in the finished resin bound screed. Remember to mix the resin components together separately, and then add the stone.
6. How far will one of the resin bound kits go in terms of coverage?
Each Resin Bound DIY kit will cover 1.25m2 at 12mm, 1m2 at 15mm and 0.75m2 at 18mm. Each Resin Bound Contractor Kit will cover 5m2 at 12mm, 4m2 at 15mm and 3m2 at 18mm. These thicknesses are the minimum required, systems installed thinner could result in failure of the system.
7. Is the resin bound surface anti slip, or do we need to add crushed glass?
The standard finish for resin bound systems is aggregated and therefore does hold a certain anount of slip resistance as standard. For additional slip resistance on areas of high risk, such as ramps, we would recommend broadcasting crushed glass on to the surface of the resin bound screed whilst it is curing.
8. What’s the difference between UV Stable and Non-UV Stable Resin Bound Resin?
UVR is an aliphatic polyurethane system which is highly light stable and is exceptionally resistant to discolouration after exposure to light. It is best suited for use with light coloured aggregates or other aggregates where colour stability is a key requirement. The Non-UV is an aromatic resin, and will yellow and then brown when in contact with sunlight. We do not recommend this product to be exposed to sunlight.
If you have any more FAQ’s than we’ve featured here, why don’t you write in to ask us and we can respond directly and possibly update this blog! You can see the two best emails to contact regarding resin bound queries below:
Now on to the final 2 Resin Bound FAQ’s in our list:
9. What mixer is required to mix the resin bound screed?
The most important factor in the mixing process of resin bound screeds is that the resin is fully dispersed within the aggregate blend, coating each stone equally and fully. For the Resin Bound DIY Kit you can achieve this result by using a bucket and a drill and paddle. For our larger Resin Bound Superior Full Kits you will need to use a large pan forced action mixer. You can contact us and arrange cheap, affordable hire from Vuba if you are a customer. Or alternatively you can purchase a resin bound mixer from us as a discounted price.
10. Do you have any Resin Bound Training Courses?
Yes, we do! And they’re incredibly popular. Take a look at our course video here for the resin bound:
Courses are held at our training centre in Hull, for resin bound screeds. You can view our latest resin bound training courses ready to book by clicking on the link. And for more general information we have a dedicated page to our training courses here!
We hope this information helps! Here’s to another 10 years of being in the industry of manufacturing and distributing clever resin products for the general public to enjoy!
Vubalife Team 🙂