What Happens If I Overtorch Resin?

Overtorching 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 overtorched 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 Overtorching:

- Always practice on a non-masterpiece first
- Don't use cold resin. Room temperature is advised for optimal consistency and to reduce bubbles.
- Always err on the side of caution and pre-seal your work, especially for a photo where the paper or ink is not good quality. This will help to reduce 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 closely 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 Overtorched:

- for waves and dimples, simply sand down the cured resin, paying careful attention to sanding 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, it's important to use a coarse sandpaper to create tooth ( we like 80grit ) and to sand the entire piece.
- Wipe down all sanding residue with a damp papertowel. Repeat as necessary to remove all traces of dust - you want your surface to be absolutely 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 and your piece will look beautiful!

👉TIP: Be aware that you may not be able to salvage large yellowed areas or bad burn marks from overtorching, or if the artwork itself is damaged. For this reason, it's very important not to overtorch!


Patty reviews how to avoid Overtorching in this episode of Oh SH*T!



Additional Tips:
- Watch all of Patty's Oh Sh*t videos ( links are below)
- Check out the FAQ section
- If it looks wrong, it probably is. Ask for help.

Oh SH*T! Ep 1 - Sticky! - uncured resin and how to fix it
Oh SH*T! Ep 2 - Bubbles! - frickin' bubbles!
Oh SH*T! Ep 3 - Voids/Bare Spots/Divots - spots where the resin just did not stick
Oh SH*T! Ep 4 - Milky
 - cold weather and resin are not friends
Oh SH*T! Ep 5 - OverTorching 
Oh SH*T! Ep 6 - Drips - learn how to prevent them in the first place!
Oh SH*T! Ep 7 - Dust - dust, bugs & hair .... oh my!!

 

Do you want to learn more about troubleshooting epoxy resin? Read our guides below:

 

About the author: Joanne Wright

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...