FAQ 1 - Top Questions

Top Questions

      1. What makes ArtResin® safe to use?

        • Watch the video: How Can You Tell if Your Epoxy Resin is Safe?
        • ArtResin® has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials as non-toxic when used as directed (conforms to ASTM D4236). ArtResin is formulated using the highest quality materials and therefore produces no VOCs or fumes. It is a clean system, meaning there are no solvents or non-reactive diluents—everything in it reacts so nothing is free to become airborne and cause health issues. It is also non-flammable. For all these reasons, it is therefore classified as a non-hazardous material and is shippable by air. Furthermore, many curatives have a powerful odor, however ArtResin has only a low odor and is applicator friendly.
        • Read the blog:  ArtResin is CERTIFIED Non-Toxic and Safe for Home Use!
        • Read the blog:  Kids Can ArtResin Too!
      2. Does yellowing occur?

      3. What is HALS and UV stabilization?

        • Epoxy resins are prone to yellowing and other degradative effects from UV light, so stabilization additives are used to help mediate the damage. A UV stabilizer works to protect against gloss loss, cracking, chalking and de-lamination, and to some extent yellowing. A UV stabilizer merely delays yellowing in resins, so ArtResin has a HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) added for extremely efficient long term yellowing protection. 
        • Read the blog: Why Do Some Brands of Epoxy Resin Turn Yellow?
      4. Is ArtResin food safe?

      5. What kind of coverage can I expect?

      6. What is the shelf life of ArtResin?

        • ArtResin will stay fresh for about 6 months in opened bottles, or 1 year unopened.
      7. Can I do a second coat or multiple coats?

        • Yes, you can do a second coat of ArtResin. You may choose to do this to repair the first coat, for example if there is a bubble, hair, dust or other small imperfection in your cured resin. To apply a second layer, you will prepare and apply the resin exactly the same way as the first; however you must sand out the imperfection first, and then give the entire piece an overall sanding to provide some tooth so the second layer can adhere properly. Sanding will cause the first layer to look scuffed but don't worry; when you pour the second coat on, the scuff marks will become invisible. 
        • Watch the video: Oh Sh*t - Bubbles
        • Read the blog: How To Apply A Second Coat

        • You can also pour multiple layers of ArtResin if, for instance, you need to cover areas of high relief, if you're pouring into a mold or if you simply like the look of a thicker coat.  It's important to remember that the ideal ArtResin pour is 1/8" - if you pour any thicker, the bubbles will not be able to escape.  You can layer ArtResin in multiple coats, as high as you'd like, as long as you pour in 1/8" increments.  
        • You have two choices when pouring multiple layers. The first is to pour your first layer, torch out the bubbles, cover and wait 3-5 hours until your ArtResin reaches a jelly like stage. At this point, you can pour on your next 1/8" layer, torch out bubbles, cover, wait 3-5 hrs and repeat until you reach the height you desire. This method is especially handy when pouring into a mold or a dam.
          The second option is to allow your first layer to fully dry, then give the overall piece a light sanding and pour on your next 1/8" layer. Torch out bubbles, cover and let this layer dry.  Repeat these steps as many times as you'd like. 
        • Watch the video:  Building A Dam With Metal Tape
        • Read the blog:  How To Pour A Thick Layered Resin Collage
        • Keep in mind that our recommendation of a 72hr cure time is based on a 1/8" layer. The thicker your layers are, the longer the cure time will be. It could take up to 10 days for a full cure, depending on how many layers you've poured.
      8. What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?

        • Read the blog: What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using ArtResin?
        • ArtResin is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:
        • Wear gloves. ArtResin is very sticky in its liquid form, so gloves will protect the user from a mess, as well as skin irritation. Clean skin promptly with soap and water if it does come in contact with ArtResin.
        • If ArtResin somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and do not rub. Promptly seek medical attention.
        • Work in a well ventilated area. Wear a respirator if ventilation is poor. 
        • For detailed health information, please see the ArtResin SDS.
        • ArtResin conforms to ASTM D4236, meaning it is certified as safe for home use.
      9. Why use a torch with ArtResin? 

        • Watch the video: Why Use an Artist's Torch with ArtResin?
        • Watch the video: Using a Torch with ArtResin (Before and After)
        • Torches (e.g. a butane-filled Artist's Torch or an Artist's Propane Torch Head) work extremely well to eliminate bubbles because they produce a flame which can easily be controlled and directed at an area of bubbles. When the resin is heated, it thins out which enables it to de-gas more easily. Heat guns can also work, however they are harder to direct heat to where you want it to go. An added benefit of the flame is that it will burn off tiny dust particles that may have landed in the resin. Of course, common sense and caution should be used when operating any torch or heat gun. 
      10. Can ArtResin be tinted?

        • Watch the video: Pigment vs. Dye
        • Yes, ArtResin can be tinted with pigment, dye, acrylic or ink, although dye can fade over time. Simply drop color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color, or drop it in clear spread out resin and watch its cool effects!
        • ArtResin also has its own line of tints ... ResinTint!  
          ResinTint premium liquid pigment colorants are crafted for compatibility with ArtResin and to provide rich saturation and glorious wonderful hues! Check it out!
        • TIP:  Whichever colorant you choose, be sure not to add more than 6% of the total volume of mixed resin and hardener.
          Any more than that may disturb the delicate balance of resin and hardener and may prevent your ArtResin from curing properly.