Art Resin™ is great for casting items such as coasters, or coating surfaces and artwork. It’s non-toxic, so there’s no fumes, VOCs, or BPA! According to the manufacturers, it gives the most non-yellowing protection on the market - tested by leaving a resin piece in the sunny Arizona desert for a year!
Epoxy resins are prone to yellowing and other ageing effects, however ArtResin contains a mixture of UV and hindered amine light stabilisers (HALS) to protect against yellowing, cracking, gloss loss, chalking and de-lamination. The makers of ArtResin only use raw materials - there’s no filler, diluents or solvents.
How to use:
- Before beginning, make sure your work surface and piece is level - ArtResin is self-leveling
- Pour equal amounts of each part (by volume) into a mixing container. ArtResin should be at room temperature before using - 23-25oC (72-77oF)
- Stir thoroughly for at least 3 full minutes, scraping the sides and bottom while stirring to ensure the mixture will catalyse and cure properly. You will then have 45 minutes of working time.
- Apply art tape to the sides of your surface if you prefer not to coat the sides in resin - remove the tape carefully no later than 24 hours after you've poured.
- Pour and spread over the surface. If the sides will be coated in resin, you can spread the Art Resin with gloved hands, or a disposable brush.
- Bubbles will begin to rise to the surface - you can use a Gas Torch to pop bubbles for a flawless finish. If you notice any dust or hairs, pick them out with a toothpick.
- Cover your piece (without the cover touching the piece) to protect it from dust, and leave it to cure overnight. It takes 24 hours for the piece to be hard to the touch, and 72 hours to fully cure.
- Remember to wipe down your resin tools with paper towels before the resin dries to reuse next time. Wash skin with soap and water.
Artwork should be clean and dry, and artwork may need preparing before coming into contact with resin - seal art/material or reinforce a stretched canvas as needed.
Work in a dust-free, ventilated environment.
ArtResin should be at room temperature before using - 23-25°C (72-77°F).
To achieve a thicker resin coating, apply several 0.3cm (1/8”) coats, leaving 8 hours in between each coat.
If you need to do a second coat to cover an imperfection in cured resin, just sand out the imperfection with a fine grit, then sand the whole piece to create a toothed edge for the fresh layer to adhere to, and pour over another layer.
Suitable for applications up to 50°C (122°F).
If you’re using ArtResin to coat a surface or artwork, you will need:
- A cover - to protect your piece against dust while it cures (without touching the piece).
- A spreader - can be wiped down with a paper towel and reused.
- Plastic drop cloth/dust sheet - to protect your work surface.
- Mixing cups and containers - can be wiped down with a paper towel and reused.
- Artist’s Gas Torch - to run a flame over your resin surface for a bubble-free, flawless finish.
- Art Tape - To tape off the underside of your piece to collect drips.
- Disposable gloves - To protect your skin.
- Stirring sticks - can be wiped down with a paper towel and reused.
- Resin stands, or small items which are the same height - To raise your piece form your work surface so it doesn’t get stuck down.
- A level - Art Resin is self-levelling, so you will need to make sure your work surface and piece are level before pouring.
Whilst the manufacturer states there are no fumes or VOCs when working with this resin, we still recommend you do your own research, and make your own decisions on any precautions you need to take. Read the SDS and get advice if needed. We suggest ensuring you have good ventilation, and protect your skin and eyes (we recommend you always use nitrile gloves, don’t use latex with resin). If you work with the resin in more than a domestic hobby use, say in large amounts or you work with it often, you might want to invest in a VOC filtered face mask.
Q: How long will I have to work with it? A: You will have 45 minutes of working time.
Q: How long does it take to cure? A: It takes 24 hours for the piece to be hard to the touch, and 72 hours to fully cure.
Q: What is the shelf life of ArtResin? A: We recommend using ArtResin within 6 months once opened, or 1 year unopened.
Q: Is ArtResin food safe? A: Yes! Once fully cured, it is safe for direct food contact (complies with FDA 21CFR175.300).
Q: I’ve managed to get ArtResin on my skin - what can I use to get it off? A: Wash skin with soap and water. Do NOT use rubbing alcohol, as although it will break down the resin, it will allow it to soak into your skin!
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After much research into resin that doesn’t yellow over time, I bought this to cover a table topped with polymer clay tiles that I had made. The resin calculator was very useful and the instructions were easy to follow. Obviously it’s early days with regards to any yellowing (I’m not anticipating any!) but so far it’s smooth and clear. I am delighted with the results and will buy it again for future projects.