USG #1 Moulding Plaster

Article number: 47000B
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AVAILABLE IN 5, 25, AND 50LB OPTIONS IN THE DROPDOWN

USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster is a high purity general purpose plaster that can be used in a wide variety
of applications including architectural ornamentation and dental use. The physical properties can
be varied depending upon the desired end use, while the use consistency can vary from a practical
range of 63 lbs. water/100 lbs. of plaster (29 kg water/45 kg plaster) to as high as 70 lbs. water/
100 lbs. of plaster (32 kg water/45 kg plaster).

USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster is noncombustible. With a coefficient of thermal conductivity (k) of
0.25 to 4.0 depending on density and additives, USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster can help to provide a
high degree of fire resistance. When dry, USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster is electrically nonconductive
and makes a good insulating medium.

MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

Use potable water at temperatures between 70 °F (21 °C) and 100 °F (38 °C). Because variations
in slurry (USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster and water mixture) temperature produce variations in set
time, it is important to keep both the USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster and water in a stable temperature
environment prior to use. The higher the temperature of the slurry, the shorter the set time.
Conversely, the lower the temperature of the slurry, the longer the set time.

Weigh both the USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster and the water prior to use for each mix. The water-to-
USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster ratio is critical because it governs the strength and the density of the
final cast.

Sift or strew USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster into the water slowly and evenly. Do not drop large
amounts of USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster directly into the water as proper soaking of the USG No. 1
Moulding Plaster may not occur. USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster should be fully dispersed in the water
prior to mixing. Small batches require less soaking time than large batches. See USG IG503 Plaster
Mixing Procedures for specific soaking instructions.

Mixing USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster slurry is one of the most important steps in producing USG
No. 1 Moulding Plaster casts with maximum strength, absorption, hardness and other important
properties.

Mechanically mixed slurries develop uniform casts with optimal strengths. USG No. 1 Moulding
Plaster can be mechanically mixed through both batch and continuous processes. Proper blade
and bucket dimensions are important for obtaining the best batch mix (see USG IG503 Plaster
Mixing Procedures for details).

Longer mixing times result in higher mold strength and shorter set times.

POURING

To prevent air entrainment and provide a uniform, smooth surface, careful pouring of USG No. 1
Moulding Plaster slurry is necessary. Agitation/vibration of the filled mold is a further step used
to prevent air at or near the mold surface. Whenever possible, USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster slurry
should be poured carefully in the deepest area so that the slurry flows evenly across the surface of
the case mold.

Pouring a large amount of slurry directly on the face of the case mold may result in slight
densification of the USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster mold at the point where it strikes the surface of the
case. This produces a hard spot, giving uneven absorption.

DRYING

All casts should be dried as quickly as is safely possible after manufacture so that maximum
physical properties can develop. Dry to a constant weight.

The best drying rooms or ovens provide 1) uniform and rapid circulation (minimum of 15-30 fps
(4.6-9.1 mps)) of air with no “dead spots” having little or no air movement, 2) equal temperatures
throughout the entire area, and 3) provisions for exhausting a portion of the air while replacing
it with fresh air. High humidity surrounding the drying room or oven inhibits drying efficiency
because the air pulled into the room is incapable of picking up much moisture from the molds.

The maximum temperature at which USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster molds are safe from calcination is
120 °F (49 °C). With substantial free water in the mold, a higher drying temperature can be used
without difficulty. As drying progresses, the temperature must be reduced to prevent calcination.
Before removing molds from the dryer, the temperature should approach that of the area around
the dryer to prevent thermal shock. See IG502 Drying Plaster Casts for additional information.

STORAGE AND USE

When properly used, USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster is easy to work with and complies with the federal
Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act, 12 U.S.C. Section 1277 and ASTM D4236. Keep indoors
at temperatures between 65 °F - 75 °F (18 °C - 24 °C) and 45% - 55% RH. Do not stack more than
two pallets high. Keep from drafts. Rotate stock. USG No. 1 Moulding Plaster should be used within
6 months of the manufacturing date located on the package. Always follow handling and use
directions and safety warnings on the package.

SDS

Normal Consistency: 63 - 70 lbs. water/100 lbs. product (29 - 32 kg water/45 kg product)
Hand Mix Vicat Set, Target: 25 - 35 minutes
% Passing — 50 mesh: 99% - 100%
% Passing — 100 mesh: 98.5% - 100%
Compressive Strength, One Hour After Set: 850 - 1250 psi (5.9 - 8.6 MPa)
Compressive Strength, Dry: 1700 – 2500 psi (11.7 - 17.2 MPa)
% Expansion: 0.15% - 0.20%
The Typical Physical Properties in the above table were achieved under controlled laboratory conditions with freshly produced material, results may vary.:
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