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What’s a suitable temperature for acrylic to cure and why?

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What’s a suitable temperature for acrylic to cure and why?

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Acrylics will cure just fine at normal room temperature. Cool temperatures will slow down the curing reaction, so in cool weather or in a cold room, it’s often helpful to warm the monomer a bit to speed up the curing and prevent crystallization.

Monomer can be warmed by putting the bottle in a bowl of warm water or by using a commercial dappen dish warming unit. Don’t warm monomer in a microwave or conventional oven, as this can cause explosion or fire.  – Paul Bryson is director of research and development at OPI.

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