What Happens If I Over Torch Resin?

Over torching happens when you hold a flame torch too close to your freshly resined surface, or you hold the torch for too long in one place. You'll know you've over torched when you see smoke or burn marks in your wet resin, yellowing, dimples or waves in your cured resin, and possibly even damage to your artwork.

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Art Resin Overtorch Resin - Burnt Resin

How To Reduce The Risk Of Over Torching:

  • Always practice on a non-masterpiece first
  • Don't use cold resin. Room temperature is advised for optimal consistency and to reduce bubbles. Give your resin a warm water bath if necessary.
  • It's a good idea to err on the side of caution and seal your work, especially when resining over porous materials like wood, paper or natural objects that tend to release bubbles. 
  • Keep your torch moving in a back and forth fashion at all times, as if you're ironing clothes.
  • Don't hold the torch too close to the resin surface ... you simply want to kiss the surface of the resin with the flame.



How To Fix Your Work If You've Over Torched:

  • To fix waves and dimples, sand down the cured resin, paying careful attention to sand out the imperfections. The purpose of sanding is not only to remove the waves and dimples, but also to create some tooth for your fresh resin layer to adhere to. For this reason, we suggest sanding the entire piece with a coarse sandpaper, like 80 grit.
  • Wipe down all sanding dust with a damp cloth. Repeat as necessary - your surface should be clean of residue before you pour your fresh layer
  • Carefully measure and mix a fresh batch of ArtResin and pour as directed.
  • Cover and wait 24 hours.

💡 TIP: Be aware that it may not be possible to salvage large yellowed areas or bad burn marks from over torching, or if the artwork itself is damaged. For this reason, it's very important not to over torch.

Additional Tips:
- Check out the FAQ section
- If it looks wrong, it probably is. Ask for help.

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 - discover the 6 most common reasons
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I'm Joanne, the Marketing Content Writer at ArtResin. Originally from Canada, my home is now Indianapolis, Indiana. My love of all things creative and my entrepreneurial heart means I’ve worn many hats over the years including fashion producer & stylist, retail store owner, t-shirt designer, and even vegan baker! I...