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3M GLASS BUBBLES

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Overview

These bubbles are actually hollow glass spheres. Because this high-quality glass is very crush resistant, the foam is much stronger, stiffer and water-resistant than any foam made by chemical foaming. These foams displace 4-6 times their weight in most resins and improve the handling characteristics of the base resin. They have a low bulk density and are nontoxic. Mix resin and hardener as directed, then fold in the glass bubbles. Upon cure, a strong, low-density product results which is easy to sand and file. May be shaped to form compound angles and curves.

The term "micro" was applied to the mixture of microspheres and epoxy early in the development of composite structures. Although microspheres have been replaced by glass bubbles the word "micro" is still commonly used to reference the mixture. "Micro is used to fill voids and low areas, to glue foam blocks together and as a bond between foams and glass cloth. Micro is used in three consistencies - (1) a "slurry" which is a one-to-one by volume mix of epoxy and glass bubbles, (2) "wet micro" which is about two to four parts glass bubbles by volume to one part epoxy, and (3) "dry micro" which is a mix of epoxy with enough glass bubbles to obtain a paste which will not sag or run (about five parts to one by volume). In all instances, glass bubbles are added to completely mixed epoxy resin and hardener. Wet micro is used to join foam blocks and is much thicker than slurry (it has the consistency of honey) but can be brushed. Dry micro is used to fill low spots and voids and is mixed so that it is a dry paste and will not sag. Apply with a putty knife. Never use micro between glass layers.

CAUTION - When mixing epoxy and glass bubbles, wear a dust mask and keep your face away from the balloons that may float up into the air. Although glass balloons are inert, they can lodge in your eyes or in your lungs and cause problems. Handle with care.

Reviews

Good source of micro spheres at fair price with fast shipping.

Dwight
October 22, 2019

Liked this product and have always used glass bubbles with fiberglass and it is a great product

Modesto V
October 15, 2019

I use this product mostly as a lightweight filler. I also appreciate that this is shipped double-bagged.

Chris D
July 15, 2019

Using EA9309NA with the beads to create a smooth filler and matt application for a repair with Vac bagging, works great.

Clay
April 25, 2019

Upon the recommendation of other guys in the classic car hobby, I used these beads to make a heat and sound insulating paint for the floor of my old Dodge. It mixes very well and goes on nicely. I wont know how well is works for a while yet, but I know from the testimony of others, that it does indeed make a huge difference. Thank you.

Darrell
April 14, 2019

Glass Bubbles make your epoxy light and stiff to hold shape (Micro). For structural uses Flox is much stronger.

Buck S
March 9, 2019

As usual, Aircraft Spruce shipped fast with excellent packaging and for a great price. This 5 lb bag of micro is very white and light with no clumping. I really like it! The 5 lb represents many hours of sanding on my Cozy, so I resent this product as much as I like it.

Andrew A
September 27, 2018

Quirky, great thing about Aircraft Spruce - they always send just a little bit more than the ordered quantity. The 1 lb bag was 1 oz over, and the 5 lb bag shipped at 2.2 oz over. Now back to building the Cozy....

Pk
September 8, 2018

As expected, extremely fine.

Greg L
September 6, 2018

Fine powdery bubbles, kinda like dry flour. Mix a little or a lot into epoxy to control viscosity for fillets.

Nick
May 20, 2018

Q&A

Q: What is the diameter (size) of these 3M glass bubbles?

Please see the Tech Data Sheet located in the "Documents" tab of this web page. Reference product K20. It has all available technical information including particle size.

Q: How many pounds are in a gallon of 3M glass bubbles?

1 pound of material is in a gallon bag.

Q: When sanding a cured mixture, do I need to be as carefull as in when mixing the bubbles into the resin-is it neccesary to wear a mask?

It is always good to wear breathing protection when sanding any material.

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