FAQs


General Usage

  1. What makes ArtResin safe?

    What Makes ArtResin Safe To Use?
    ArtResin has been evaluated by a certified toxicologist at the American Society for Testing and Materials as non-toxic when used as directed (conforms to ASTM D4236). It is formulated from the highest quality materials and produces no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or fumes. ArtResin is a clean system with no solvents or non-reactive diluents, meaning nothing becomes airborne to cause health issues. It is non-flammable in liquid form, classified as non-hazardous, and shippable by air. Unlike many epoxy resins, ArtResin has a low odor.

  2. What Safety Precautions Should I Take?

    What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Using ArtResin Epoxy Resin?
    ArtResin conforms to ASTM D-4236, meaning it has been evaluated as non-toxic and safe for home use when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:Wear gloves to protect your skin from a sticky mess and potential skin irritation. Clean skin promptly with soap and water if contact occurs.If the resin comes into 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 ArtResin's Safety Data Sheet.

  3. How much resin do I need?

    See our Resin Calculator or Circle Calculator for your specific coverage needs.

  4. How do I prepare and apply resin correctly?

    How To Measure and Mix Resin And Hardener
    How To Pour and Spread Epoxy Resin
    Measure equal amounts of resin and hardener by volume, not weight. Altering the ratio will prevent proper curing. 

    Stir for at least 3 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the container to ensure thorough mixing. Inadequate stirring will result in sticky, uncured resin.

    If bubbles appear, don’t worry - you can use an Artist's Torch after pouring to eliminate them. 

    Avoid scraping the sides when pouring, as unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides will cause sticky spots.

    To coat your piece, pour in the center and spread with a reusable spreader or an old credit card. ArtResin will naturally self-level to about 1/8" or 3 mm.

    To resin the sides of your piece, use a disposable foam brush or your gloved hand, or dome the resin by nudging it to the edge without going over the sides. ArtResin's thick texture helps it stay in place!

  5. What's the working time of ArtResin?

    What Is The Working Time Of ArtResin?
    ArtResin epoxy resin has a working time of about 45 minutes before it starts to cure and becomes too stiff to work with. Apply the resin immediately after mixing for 3 minutes.  Be aware that heat affects working time. If the resin is warmed in a water bath or used in a very warm environment, the working time decreases by about 10 minutes, and the cure time may also shorten.

  6. What's the best way to remove bubbles from epoxy resin?

    Tips To Prevent Resin Bubbles
    Why Use A Torch With Resin?
    The most efficient way to remove bubbles from epoxy resin is with a flame torch. Whether you use a butane Artist's Torch or a propane torch, the flame warms the resin surface instantly, thinning it out and allowing bubbles to escape easily. Heat guns can also work; however they are less precise and tend to blow wet resin around. The flame also burns off tiny dust particles. Use caution with any torch or heat gun.

    Additional tips to prevent bubbles:

    • Seal your work, especially wood or paper that might release air.
    • Ensure your resin is at room temperature or warmer.
    • Stir slowly instead of whipping your resin.
    • Pour slowly.
    • Pour in 1/8" (3 mm) layers to allow bubbles to escape.
  7. How long does ArtResin take to cure?

    What's The Cure Time Of ArtResin Epoxy Resin?
    Cure time is the amount of time needed for the resin mixture to complete its chemical reaction and fully harden. ArtResin is dry to the touch within 24 hours and reaches its full cure in 72 hours.

  8. How do I clean up epoxy resin?

    How To Clean Up Epoxy Resin
    Wear disposable gloves, line your work surface with a plastic liner or a vinyl shower curtain, and use drop sheets on the ground for easy clean-up. Do not pour leftover epoxy resin down the drain! Instead, wipe containers and reusable plastic tools with paper towels, then clean with isopropyl alcohol or acetone to remove  residue. Next, wash with hot soapy water if desired. Alternatively, place wet tools on your plastic-lined work surface, let the resin cure, and peel it off the next day.

  9. What does resin stick to? What does resin not stick to?

    What Materials Can I Or Can't I Use Epoxy Resin On?
    ArtResin epoxy resin bonds well to most mediums, except for materials that repel water such as wax, oil, and plastics, including silicone. It adheres well to wood, photographs, inkjet prints, acrylic, fully dried oil paint, watercolor, spray paint, ink, paper collage, metal, glass, oil pastel, sculpture, flowers, rocks, and other found objects. Avoid pouring it over loose materials (e.g., glitter or chalk pastels) as they can mix into the liquid resin and float around. Soft papers may absorb resin, so use a sealant first to create a barrier. Best practice is to test your materials with resin before starting your project and have fun!

  10. Should I seal my work before I resin?

    Should I Seal my Artwork Before I Resin?
    In most cases you don't need a sealant before applying ArtResin. However, sealing makes sense over paper that might absorb resin, loose materials that may float away in the resin, and natural objects that might off-gas, like wood. Use a clear-drying brush-on or spray sealant suitable for your artwork. If in doubt, use a sealant first and test on a scrap piece so that you know exactly what results to expect.

  11. What's the best temperature and humidity for working with epoxy resin?

    Where Should I Epoxy Resin My Work?
    Warm and dry conditions are best when working with ArtResin. The ideal temperature is 75-85°F (24-30°C) with 50% humidity, but anything below 80% humidity works. Ensure the temperature remains stable for the first 24 hours, to avoid dimples in your cured resin.

  12. What is ArtResin's heat resistance?

    What Is ArtResin's Heat Resistance?
    Cured ArtResin can tolerate temperatures up to 120°F (50°C). At this temperature, the resin may become slightly flexible but will harden again once it cools. A hot mug typically won’t damage the resin surface on a coaster. However, exposing cured resin to temperatures above 120°F (50°C)—such as placing a hot dish from the oven on it or leaving it in a hot car—can cause irreparable damage.

  13. Can I apply a second coat or multiple coats?

    Can I Apply A Second Coat Of Epoxy Resin? Can I Apply Multiple Coats Of Epoxy Resin?
    Can I Pour A Thick Layer Of Resin On My Artwork?
    Yes, you can apply a second coat of ArtResin.  To repair imperfections like bubbles, hair, or dust, sand out the imperfection, and then sand the entire piece to provide tooth for the new layer to adhere to. Sanding will scuff the surface, but these marks will disappear under the fresh coat. Prepare and apply the second layer the same way as the first.

    You can pour multiple layers of ArtResin to cover high relief areas, to fill a mold, or to achieve a thicker coat.  The ideal pour is 1/8" (3 mm) thick. Pouring thicker layers can trap bubbles.  You can layer ArtResin in 1/8" (3 mm) increments until you reach the desired height.

    To pour multiple layers:

    1. Pour the first layer, torch out bubbles, cover, and wait 3-5 hours until it reaches the gel stage. Then, pour the next layer, torch out bubbles, cover, and repeat until you achieve the desired height.
    2. Alternatively, let the first layer fully dry, sand the surface with coarse sandpaper, clean up the sanding dust, and pour the next layer. Torch out bubbles, cover, and let it dry. Repeat as needed.
  14. Can ArtResin be used on outdoor projects?

    Can Resin Art Be Hung Outside?
    ArtResin epoxy resin contains advanced UV and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizersto protect it from degradation, such as yellowing, caused by UV light exposure. However, deliberately exposing it to UV light is not recommended.

  15. Can I use ArtResin on countertops and floors?

    ArtResin epoxy resin is durable and food safe once fully cured, but keep in mind that it was designed as a surface coating for artwork. While it is scratch-resistant, it’s not scratch-proof.  On the other hand, Industrial Clearwas specifically made for tough situations and high-traffic areas like counters and floors. It’s important to note that epoxy resin may be slippery when wet.

  16. What is the shelf life of ArtResin?

    Does Epoxy Resin Expire?
    What Can You Do With Yellowed Hardener?
    ArtResin remains fresh for about 6 months in opened bottles or 1 year unopened. 

    After this time, the hardener may yellow in the bottledue to oxidation. This yellowing effect is entirely different from UV-induced yellowing and more like the browning of an apple or avocado once cut and exposed to oxygen. While it may appear worse in the bottle, once you mix the hardener with the resin (which remains clear), the yellowing will dilute significantly. The yellowed hardener will still cure as expected. While it may not be ideal for light-colored artwork, it’s suitable for darker pieces of art, over wood, or when using tints. or for use with tints.

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Troubleshooting

  1. Why does my resin look cloudy?

    Why Is My Resin Cloudy: Discover 6 Causes of Cloudy Resin
    How Does Cold Weather Affect Resin?
    ArtResin's ideal working temperature is between 75-85°F or 24-30°C. Resin colder than this becomes thick, difficult to work with, and appears milky due to micro bubbles that cannot be torched out.To resolve this, let the resin reach room temperature, or warm the tightly capped bottles in a warm water bath for about 10 minutes. Note that warming reduces your working time by about 10-15 minutes. Ensure the bottles are thoroughly dried off before opening them.

  2. Why is my resin bendy?

    Why Is My Resin Bendy?
    In most cases, bendy resin just needs more time to cure. After 24 hours, ArtResin reaches 95% solidity. Attempting to curve or move the resin before that 24 hour mark, will cause bending. For a full cure, wait at least 72 hours. Bendy resin can result from  under mixing, an inaccurate mixing ratio, too much colorant, or a thin pour without a substrate. To fix bendy resin, allow more curing time. If it remains bendy, try pouring a thin top coat of properly measured and mixed ArtResin over it to add some strength.

  3. Why is my resin still sticky?

    How Can I Fix Soft, Sticky Spots In My Resin?
    How To Harden Sticky Resin
    If your resin hasn’t cured properly, it usually means that the chemical reaction did not occur correctly—this is most often due to inaccurate measuring, under mixing, or cold curing temperatures. If you suspect temperature was the issue, try moving your piece to a warmer environment for 24 hours to see if it cures.If it remains sticky, scrape away any liquid or uncured material, sand down dried areas, and pour another coat over the entire surface. Resin that stays sticky days will remain so indefinitely until corrected.

  4. How can I fix resin that has an imperfection in it?

    Can I Spot Fix Small Imperfections In My Resin?

    If your resin has cured with surface imperfections like dust, hair, dimples, or waves, sand down the entire surface and pour another carefully measured and mixed coat of ArtResin over it.We don't recommend spot fixing as it's almost impossible to achieve a seamless finish by patching a small area on top of the original resin coat.

  5. How do I fix bare spots?

    Why Are There Bare Spots In My Cured Resin?
    Resin can be repelled by oil, grease, wax, and other contaminants. To fix a bare spot, clean the surface with isopropyl alcohol or warm water and dish soap. Allow it to dry, sand the entire surface with 80 grit sandpaper, wipe away the sanding dust and pour a well-measured, well-mixed coat of ArtResin epoxy resin over top.

  6. Why does my ArtResin mixture feel hot?

    Why Does My Epoxy Resin Mixture Feel Hot?
    When you combine the resin and the hardener, a chemical reaction begins, producing heat. This is normal, and the heat is greater with larger quantities of the resin mixture. However, if the resin sits in mass in the mixing cup for too long, especially after a warm water bath, it can heat up very quickly and cure prematurely or flash cure. To prevent this, pour immediately after mixing or divide the resin into smaller cups.

  7. Is it possible to over torch epoxy resin?

    Is It Possible To Over-Torch My Epoxy Resin?
    While torching is the best way to eliminate bubbles from the resin surface, be careful not to over-torch. Move your Artist's Torch across the surface smoothly and continuously across the surface, without stopping, much like ironing clothing.

  8. Why does my cured resin feel greasy?

    How Does Hot Weather Affect Resin?
    When resin cures in humid conditions, a greasy film can form on the resin surface from the amines in the hardener.To remove it, wipe the surface with a damp cloth and warm water mixed with grease-fighting dish soap. The amines are water soluble and should wash away easily. If any residue remains, use something more abrasive like a scouring pad, but this may scuff the resin surface. If scuffed, let the surface dry, sand it with coarse sandpaper, wipe away the sanding debris, and apply a fresh coat of resin to restore the gloss.

  9. Will sanding marks show through when I apply a fresh coat of resin?

    Will I See The Scratch Marks From Sanding Under A Second Coat Of Resin?
    The scratchy, scuffed appearance from sanding the cured resin will vanish once you apply a fresh coat of resin.

  10. Will ArtResin shrink?

    Does ArtResin Shrink?
    No, ArtResin epoxy resin does not shrink. Shrinkage occurs in products with solvents, cheap fillers, or non-reactive diluents, which ArtResin does not contain.

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Tips

  1. How can I get ArtResin to dry faster?

    How Can I Make Epoxy Resin Dry Faster?
    Epoxy resin cures faster with heat. Maintain a room temperature between 75-85ºF (24-30ºC) or use heat lamps or space heaters for a quicker cure. Keep the temperature stable for the first 24 hrs to prevent surface imperfections. Please note that adding more hardener to the mixture will not speed up the curing process.

  2. Should I warm ArtResin in a water bath before mixing?

    Why Do I Need To Give Resin A Warm Water Bath?
    If your ArtResin is colder than room temperature, warm it using a water bath. Epoxy resin is generally easier to work with and produces far fewer bubbles when it's warm. Immerse tightly capped bottles in warm (not boiling) water for 10-15 minutes. Note that warming reduces the 45-minute working time by about 10 minutes. Avoid getting any water into the resin mixture, as it can cause cloudiness.

  3. How can I thin or thicken the ArtResin mixture?

    How To Thin Out Epoxy Resin
    To thin out ArtResin epoxy resin, place the tightly capped bottles in a warm water bath before mixing. Warming reduces the viscosity and significantly minimizes bubbles, but it shortens the working time by about 10 minutes. Do not use solvents to thin the resin.For a thicker consistency, mix the resin and hardener, portion it out into smaller amounts, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Check it every 5 minutes until it thickens to the desired consistency. When thickening resin, it's important to portion out the mixture into smaller amounts to prevent overheating: if the resin sits in a large mass in the mixing container, it may overheat and flash cure.

  4. What can I use to tint ArtResin?

    How To Color Clear Epoxy Resin.
    ArtResin can be tinted with ResinTint liquid pigment, resin paste, mica powder, or ink. Simply add the colorant to the mixture while stirring for an even, saturated color. Always test colorants beforehand to know exactly what results to expect. Note that water-based colorants, like acrylic paint, may react with the resin, causing thickening or flash curing. Opt for high-quality, highly pigmented artists’ acrylics and use sparingly. Alcohol-based colorants, such as alcohol ink, are flammable when torched. We recommend using a heat gun instead. Regardless of the colorant, less is more. Avoid exceeding 6% of the total volume of mixed resin and hardener, or the resin may not cure properly.

  5. How can I clean cured resin?

    How To Clean Cured Resin
    Keeping ArtResin epoxy resin pieces clean is very simple: just treat them like glass. Use a gentle glass cleaner and a soft cloth to polish the surface. Avoid using paper towels or microfiber cloths, as these can cause fine scratches.

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Orders, Shipping & Returns

  1. How long does shipping take?
    • Orders received before 10AM EST Monday - Friday (excluding holidays), will be processed and prepared for standard shipping. You will receive a tracking number after your order has been processed for shipping.
    • Typical delivery times are 1 - 5 business days.
    • Delivery times for International Orders are 4 - 7 business days. Please note that international orders may be subject to customs and brokerage fees that are the responsibility of the purchaser.
    • USA 2-day shipping: Orders received before 10AM EST Monday - Friday (excluding holidays), will be processed and prepared for shipping the same day.  The transit time begins the first full shipping day after the package leaves our warehouse.
  2. What forms of payment does ArtResin accept?

    ArtResin accepts all major credit cards, as well as PayPal, Shop Pay, Google Pay, and Klarna (where available).

  3. Can I change or cancel my order?

    Please contact us by phone 1-877-401-4001 or email support@artresin.com

    For orders that have already shipped, the return process will need to be followed.

  4. Does ArtResin offer a money back guarantee?

    If you're not satisfied with your order within 30 days, you may return it to us.

  5. What is the return process?

    In the case of a return:

    • Please contact us by phone 1-877-401-4001 or email support@artresin.com
    • We will email you a Return Authorization Form to fill out and attach to your return.
    • Please note that ArtResin is not responsible for return shipping fees; it is the responsibility of the buyer.
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