FAQ 4 - Experimenting

Experimenting

          1. How do I apply ArtResin to 3D surfaces?

            • Watch the video: Applying ArtResin to 3D Surfaces
            • ArtResin has the viscosity of honey, so you can brush it on with a disposable foam brush. Repeat until everything is covered to your desired thickness. You may need to work in layers. If you are resining a cube, you can work in stages by coating one face of the cube at a time (i.e. resining the top flat panel of the cube, waiting for it to cure, then flipping the cube around so that a new face becomes the top flat panel, ready to be resined).
          2. How thick can I apply ArtResin?

            • You can apply ArtResin as thick as you want, in multiple coats. On a flat surface ArtResin will naturally self-level to a thickness of just under 1/8". You should wait for the resin to fully cure between coats (about 24 hours).
          3. Can I add color to ArtResin?

            • 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 in color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color, or drop it in 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!
          4. Can I get a textured surface with resin?

            • Watch the video: How to Get a Textured Surface with ArtResin
            • Yes. To achieve a textured surface, apply two coats of resin. Apply the first coat as usual and use a rag to apply the second one. This textured look looks great and covers up any imperfections.
          5. How can I create a translucent color effect with ArtResin?

            • Watch the video: Pigment vs. Dye
            • Mix translucent dye into the resin at the mixing stage. Try multiple colors, either all at once or separated in different containers. Then apply as usual. You can also experiment with pouring ink and pigment into the resin for an interesting effect.
          6. Can I use ArtResin on walls?

            • Yes, you can resin walls. Keep in mind the resin will travel down the wall with gravity before it cures, as it has the consistency of honey. Keep in mind the 45 minute working time before starting any large project.
          7. Can I drill into ArtResin after it cures?

            • Yes, if you use caution. Wear a respirator to avoid breathing in drilled cured resin particles. Start with a small hole first, drilled with a tiny drill bit. Work your way up from there to avoid the risk of the resin cracking. Do not drill close to the edge.
          8. How can I achieve a layered effect with ArtResin?

          9. How can I achieve an antique look with ArtResin?

            • In the mixing stage, use a small amount of amber colored translucent dye and apply as usual. ArtResin® won't amber this way on its own!
          10. How can I achieve a lace-like effect with pigmented ArtResin?

            • A lace-like effect can be achieved by applying colored resin overtop of other colored resin while it is semi-cured.
          11. How can I double-side my ArtResin (i.e. resin on both the front and back)?

            • Resin each side separately, allowing the first side to fully cure before moving onto the second side. Then use a hand sander on the edges and smooth them out. Brush on thin coats of resin over the edges.
          12. How can I use ArtResin over a curved surface?

            • Usually it is important to make sure the piece you're resining is level, but in the case of a curved surface, simply brush on multiple thin layers of ArtResin with a foam brush.  
          13. What will happen if I do not spread ArtResin once it's poured?

            • Resin is self-leveling, so it will spread itself out to a certain extent without anyone touching it. 
          14. Can I use ArtResin as a glue?

            • Watch the video: Using ArtResin in a Kitchen Reno
            • Yes, epoxy resin can be used as glue. In fact, it may be the strongest glue you will ever use. Mix and stir as usual, and apply as necessary.
          15. Should I immerse the ArtResin in a water bath before mixing?

            • We do not recommend immersing ArtResin in a water bath prior to mixing due to the fact that HDPE plastic breathes a little bit, and it could allow water to be absorbed into the formula causing cloudiness.