Q. Do I need a permit or engineered plans to install a water feature?
A. That all depends on your local ordinances. You should check with your local building inspector before work begins.
Q. What is the proper care that I should take for my molds?
A. There are several things you should do. First, you should seal them. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Never use mineral spirits as a release agent on them. Don’t let the panel mix start to build up on them. Clean and re-seal as needed.
Q. What should I do if the mix is too wet or too dry?
A. If the mix is too dry simply add clean water slowly a couple ounces at a time and remix. If the mix is too wet you can let it stand for several minutes in which it should start to stiffen up or you can add a small amount of Portland cement and remix.
Q. Can I build a water feature below 32 degrees?
A. Yes you can, providing you take all the industry-standard precautions for below freezing concrete installations. This would include, warming blankets on the ground before you pour, as well as keeping the entire feature above freezing temperatures for at least seven days and nights after you pour.
Q. What is the desired thickness for each panel?
A. You should try to keep you panel 1/2” thick.
Q. How many bags of Neptune Panel mix will I use for each panel?
A. You can figure an average of three bags for 2 panels. This is based on a ½” thickness average. This will vary slightly + or – based upon the individual molds.
Q. Do I really have to apply sealer to my molds before use?
A. Yes you do. By sealing the molds you are closing any little pores that the panel mix might be able to penetrate into. By allowing the composite to penetrating into the pores of the mold, it will not allow you to release the panels without ripping the molds apart.
Q. Can I make my panels outdoors?
A. Yes, just be sure to cover be freshly poured panel mix with a light plastic sheathing. This will prevent rapid evaporation of the water and will mitigate the amount of cracking you could get.
Q. How long do I have to wait until I can use my Neptune Panel after it has been demolded?
A. We recommend you wait at least 24hrs before using or hanging your panels after they have been demolded.
Q. Do I have to color my project immediately or can I wait?
A. You may wait to color your project as long as you do not seal it. When you are ready to color you will need to make sure that you remove any dust or debris from your project so you will get a good bond with the color.
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