How Can I Clean Epoxy Resin Mixing Containers?Posted on 6 Mar 12:08
You've resined your artwork, and you have a bit leftover in your mixing container.
What do you do with it now?!
ArtResin has a couple of ways we like to clean out our mixing containers, along with some helpful tips on what to do ( and what not to do! ) to make resin clean up quick ... and easy!
👉 TIP: Always use hard plastic containers to mix your epoxy resin in. Epoxy resin doesn't stick to plastic, which makes these mixing vessels super easy to clean AND re-usable!
Here are ArtResin's 2 favourite ways to clean epoxy resin mixing containers:
1) WIPE THEM OUT
Wearing gloves, wipe out any excess resin from the sides and bottom of your mixing vessel with paper towel.
( Make sure you put the soiled paper towel in the trash immediately! )
Repeat as necessary to wipe out as much resin as you can ...
Now, pour a little rubbing alcohol or acetone on a paper towel to wipe away any resin that may still remain in your mixing container. Alcohol and acetone are both solvents that will break down any residue so you can simply wipe it off!
👉 TIP: For quick and easy clean-up, it's important to wipe out your container with rubbing alcohol or acetone while the resin is still wet. Once the resin has cured and dried, the only way to break it down is to let it soak in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
👉 TIP: You can also apply the rubbing alcohol using a spray bottle - easy!
Now, with gloves on, wipe the mixing container clean.
Spray again, as necessary, until you feel all the resin has been removed.
👉 TIP: Always make sure you wear gloves when using alcohol or acetone to clean up resin. These items are solvents and though they're great at breaking down epoxy resin, they will also enable your skin to absorb the resin ( and you don't want that! )
Once you're sure all traces of resin have been removed, you can go ahead and wash your mixing vessel in hot, soapy water. Let it dry and it's good to go for next time!
2) DRY & PEEL
This is the easiest method ( and our favourite here at the ArtResin studio. )
Once you've finished pouring your resin on your artwork, simply tip your mixing container upside down on a work surface protected with parchment paper, wax paper, a silicon mat or a vinyl shower curtain.
👉 TIP: Resin won't stick to anything designed to repel water, which is why we love lining our work surface with an inexpensive vinyl shower curtain. Simply let the tools dry directly on the vinyl and the next day, the resin will peel right off!
Once you tip your mixing container over, any excess resin will pool out onto the work surface, like this:👇
Let it dry overnight.
The next day, simply peel the whole thing right off off the work surface, and then pull the dried resin right out of your plastic mixing container.
Toss the peeled resin pieces into the trash.
Using acetone or alcohol as above and, wearing gloves, wipe your mixing container out with paper towel. If you wish, you can wash it in hot, soapy water. Let it dry and your container will be clean and ready to resin again!
👉 TIP: The most important thing to remember is to NEVER pour leftover down the drain or wash out your mixing container out with soap and water if it still has resin in it. Keep it FAR away from your sink and your drain until you've removed all traces of resin ... if it were to get in your sink or drain, it will cure and clog your drain, clog your pipes, make a mess of your sink and it will be very costly to repair. 😫
👉 TIP: You also want to avoid letting your resin cure in the container - once it's dried, it's in there for good and your container will have to go in the garbage.
Here's a quick video on cleaning out your resin mixing containers ...
Let us know in the comments below!!