Castaldo QuickSil

New Castaldo Quick-Sil is a two-part room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone molding putty that produces tough, strong, long-lasting production jewelry molds for lost wax casting with 0% shrinkage.

New Castaldo Quick-Sil is safe, non-hazardous and non-toxic. No unpleasant fumes or odors.

New Castaldo Quick-Sil is easy to use - merely mix equal parts of part A and part B by hand
( Figure 1 ). There is no need to measure precisely or vacuum in order to achieve optimum results.

Working time: 1 to 2 minutes.   
      
Cure time: Approximately 15 minute.


Important Notice — Do Not Over-Mix!

l Mix quickly - a uniform color is not necessary. • Over-mixing will result in non-cure!!. • The total molding process must be completed within the 2 minutes working time. • Rubber can be worked beyond 2 minutes but weak or defective molds will result. • Apply as much pressure as possible with a unheated mold press, vise or clamps for best results. • Rubber exposed to cold during shipping or storage will remain cold for extended periods and should be warmed to 70o – 100o F/ 20o- 40o C before use.

Castaldo Quick-Sil is designed to make molds for lost wax casting, but it can also be used for direct casting of low temperature metals such as lead, tin, pewter, etc.

Because Castaldo Quick-Sil produces finished jewelry molds in a very short time, working time is also very short. This requires a rapid technique of mixing so that working time is not exceeded.

The easiest way to achieve this is to make thin pancakes of part A and part B on a table top or similar work surface. ( Figure 2 ) Once the two pancakes are formed, place one on top of the other ( Figure 3 ) and then mix them rapidly by pushing down on your thumbs ( Figure 4 ), kneading with both hands or rolling between the palms of your hands, ( Figure 5 ) or any combination of these techniques.

Press the mixed rubber compound into a mold frame, push the model into the rubber and then cover the model with more rubber compound. ( Figure 6 ) A mold press, vise, clamp or heavy weight is essential to ensure that air bubbles will be driven out of the mold and one uniform piece of rubber is created.

If you notice creases, fold lines or "knit lines" in the cured mold, you have exceeded the working time and the mold has begun to cure before the mold was fully packed. These areas will be weak and subject to tearing.

The cure rate for new Castaldo Quick-Sil is affected by small temperature changes. Warm hands will cause shortened work time and cure time and cold hands will produce longer work time and cure time. Please note that the more vigorously you mix part A and part B, the more heat will be generated in the rubber itself. Working time (and cure time) will be reduced.

Please also note that placing Castaldo Quick-Sil in cold mold frames will result in longer cure times. We suggest warming the mold frame slightly to approximately 90° F / 32° C before beginning the process.

The oily residue on your hands after making a mold with Castaldo Quick-Sil is ordinary mineral oil, also commonly known as "baby oil" and used in child care. It is harmless and will not stain clothing, etc. Occasionally Castaldo Quick-Sil molds will “sweat” oil for a day or two after being made or if not used for a while. This is harmless and normal. It can easily be cleaned off with soap, water and a soft brush.

Mold frames, plates and sprue button formers that have been used with White Label®, Gold Label® or No Shrink Pink® rubber will have a surface film that contaminates Quick-Sil and must be washed off with any common solvent. If the mold frames, etc. are to be used for White Label, etc. again after Quick-Sil®, washing is required again. The effects of such contamination are a surface layer that is gooey, gummy and easily scraped off.

PROBLEM SOLVING CHART

 Problem

Cause

Solution

Rubber does not cure-remains soft

Over mixing

Uniform color not necessary- mix less

Rubber too soft

Improper mix ratio

Use approximately equal parts A & B

Rubber cures too slowly

1) Rubber too cold
2) Mold frame too cold

1) Allow rubber to warm to room temperature; mix more vigorously to generate heat
2) Warm mold frame slightly

Air bubbles in finished mold

Mold not pressed during cure

Press mold in cold press, between c-clamps or other device within the working time

Knit lines, folds & creases
visible in finished rubber mold

Work time exceeded — Rubber began to cure during molding

Do not exceed working time

Oil forms on surface of finished mold

Normal

Wipe off oil



Castaldo Quick-Sil is intended for professional use only and only by persons familiar with jewelry casting techniques. We are not responsible for misuse of our products or for use in conjunction with unsafe or improperly maintained equipment.




 


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