I'm trying to make some home-made molds out of two-part casting silicone.
I mix both components in equal proportions, pour them into a container with the item that I'm trying to cast (A resin model of prop for a dolls house) and leave them overnight to set in a warm dry place.
The silicone sets perfectly everywhere except where it is touching the resin blanks. It's firm, has an even color and texture, and has no bubbles in it. Textbook perfect.
Where it touches the original it is slimy and sticky, and there are multiple air bubbles. It's like there is a thin layer of slime only where the two materials are in contact with each other. There and only there.
I've cast from this resin earlier this week, and from the same bottles of casting silicone, and everything was great. And it's set everywhere except where the two materials touch so I don't think that I didn't mix the silicon properly.
I've been using this exact same brand of resin and silicone for a couple of years now and this is the first time that I've had this problem.
At first, I thought that I'd simply used too much mold release spray on the original, so I tried it again without it, but I had the same problem.
After the first failure I cleaned different sets of blanks using three different methods to determine if there was an external contaminant involved and tried the casting process again..
- Detergent scrub
- Alcohol scrub
- Alkali scrub
Exact same problem all three times.
I'm using Elegoo gray resin (one-part, photosensitive UV cure), and Limino molding silicone. I've successfully made two casts using the same bottles less than a week ago.