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?

        • Watch the video: Applying a Second Coat of ArtResin
        • Watch the video: Can I Work in Layers with ArtResin?
        • Yes, you can do a second coat of ArtResin. You may choose to do this for instance if the first coat wasn't poured thick enough to cover areas of high relief, if you wish to fix or repair the first coat, or if you simply like the look of a thicker coat. To apply a second layer, you will prepare and apply the resin exactly the same way as the first, however you must lightly sand the first layer in between to provide some tooth so the second layer can adhere properly. Sanding will cause the first layer to look scuffed until you pour the second coat on. Then the scuff marks will become invisible. Always wait until the first layer is dry before adding another.
      8. What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?

        • Watch the video: 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. We'll be offering our own line of resin tint in the coming months... watch for it!