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3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

$11.50/Each
Part# 01-14600

Overview

These K-20 series 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 Although microspheres have been replaced by glass bubbles the word "micro" is still commonly used to reference the mixture.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

We are experimenting with them. Seem to be excellent quality.

William B Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

September 15, 2022

Perfect qty for DOE.

John S Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

August 9, 2022

5 stars

Roland H Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

August 4, 2022

Microballoons!! Igh...ACS makes some things harder to find than others. 1 pound of this is like almost a gallon amount...little less. Must have for if you are creating fairings.

Dan K Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

February 24, 2022

Nothing much to say. It is what it is.

Eric V Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

February 3, 2022

Excellent product!

George E Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

September 9, 2021

Best prices on fillers. Use to make a smooth fairing compound with epoxy resin and colloidal silica (cab-o-sil). Works great!

Eric B Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

August 24, 2021

Very Fine! Be sure to wear a respirator while mixing and sanding. Worked great!

George W Verified Purchase

3M GLASS BUBBLES 1 LB.

August 10, 2021

very good

Andy C
March 30, 2021

I’ve been a customer of AS&S since 1982. They have what us homebuilders need Always. This product is essential to composite construction. Great value .

Chuck C
November 20, 2020

Q&A

Please note, Aircraft Spruce's personnel are not certified aircraft mechanics and can only provide general support and ideas, which should not be relied upon or implemented in lieu of consulting an A&P or other qualified technician. Aircraft Spruce assumes no responsibility or liability for any issue or problem which may arise from any repair, modification or other work done from this knowledge base. Any product eligibility information provided here is based on general application guides and we recommend always referring to your specific aircraft parts manual, the parts manufacturer or consulting with a qualified mechanic.

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.

Q: What mixing ratio would I use to insulate the footwells of my car and can I use Rustoleum solvent based paint instead of latex?

We do not have any data for this product for use as you decribe. This has been used as a filler for laminating epoxies to make a slurry for finishing the surface of composites parts. It is commonly used when mixed with an epoxy to a toothpaste like consistency. Once fully cured, you can use the primer and top coat paint of your choice.

Q: Can this be used for large surface fairing? How does it compare to West System 410 fairing filler?

We do not have any documents that compare the two products, but these glass bubbles are mixed with epoxies and made in to a paste and used as a finishing filler on parts. The limitations to size would be determined by the pot life of the epoxy being used. The longer the pot life, the more area can be covered per batch made.

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