We have several products that can be used with your tumblers and crafts. Most are using our Brite Tone as an alternative to Epoxy. BT is a Waterbased product and is very high in solids so it builds quicker than any other Waterbased product. It is very different than epoxy as you have to use several thin layers versus 1 or 2 layers of epoxy. The layers dry quickly and can be re-coated in 3 to 4 hours. It can’t be used in molds because it’s not a pouring type product due to it needing to dry in thin layers. Colorants can be added to it. We have 8 intermixable Concentrated Colorants which gives you tons of color options. Also liquid mica metallics.
In terms of safety, there is no comparison. All Crystalac products are non hazardous and non toxic. They are completely safe to use- even indoors. No mixing or toxic fumes released. The only protection needed is if you are sanding or spraying the products. In that case, a mask is recommended. In almost 40 years of making coatings, we have never had an allergic reaction reported. Below is a list of our Tumbler products and use so you can see which products the crafting market is using.
Tumbler Kit Products and Use
*Universal White – UW is a great bonding Primer and Paint that can be used alone as a white base, or it can be tinted to any pastel to medium base color using any of the CraftNique Color Boutique Concentrated (liquid) Pigments. It can be used on Wood, Metal, Ceramic and Glass.
*Black Gloss - Black Gloss (Stir Well) can also be used as a base undercoat for wood, metal, ceramic and glass. CraftNique Mica based metallics can also be added into the black for a unique shimmer effect.
*Extreme Protection is a Clear Gloss topcoat (not a glue) that can be used as a base for adhering and sealing glitters, micas and decals. Decals will need to be glued down first. It can also be tinted using CraftNique Color Boutique Concentrated (liquid) Pigments.
*Brite Tone is a very High Solids Topcoat that is best used for layering a Super Clear, High Gloss, Durable, Protective Finish to your project.
*Color Boutique Concentrated Pigments - These are NOT Paints - They are colorants used to make paint! CraftNique Color Boutique is a unique coloring system made up of highly concentrated, nano sized pigment colors that can be easily mixed into any of the CrystaLac or CraftNique Bases to create your very own DIY Paint, Stains, Glazes, and Topcoats. We've put together 8 standard colors that can be used alone or inter-mixed together to make endless color combinations.
*Mica Based Metallics - Color Boutique Liquid Mica Metallics are Highly Concentrated Mica Pigments incorporated into a liquid solution making them super easy to use without having to deal with airborne particles - unless you like them in your eyes, nose and skin ;} 5 super rich sparkly colors (Silver, Gold, Copper, Rose & Champagne) more choices coming soon! Add directly into The Extreme Protection or Brite Tone or use straight for intense color similar to gold leafing. Use approximately 1 tsp per pint. Adjust more or less to attain the desired appearance and effect. Top- Coat to protect.
Properly prepping your tumbler is a critical step before using any paints or topcoats on it. We suggest a light scuff sanding with 400 grit sandpaper to ruff up the surface and then wipe clean with alcohol to remove any traces of dust or fingerprints.
Apply CrystaLac products at room temperature (65 to 75 degrees) and allow 3 to 4 hours drying time between coats of paint and/or finish. Finishes will self-level as they dry. Do Not Use heat guns to force drying. Full cure is 30 days. You can gently use before that, but it will continue to harden over a 30 day period.
Hand wash only with soap and water and do not submit tumblers to extreme heat.
All products manufactured by The CrystaLac Company are Non-Toxic, Non-Hazardous, Non-Yellowing and completely safe to use indoors. Use a mask when sanding or spraying. We are a family-based company here in the USA that has been making environmentally safe coating for almost 40 years.