Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Guide

7 Steps to a Bubble-Free and Flawless Cure-

  1. The temperature of the workspace, and resin itself, is key. The workspace should be between 72°-78°F, the closer to 78°, the better.

  1.  If the resin is cool, use a warm bucket of water and place the resin and hardener bottles into the warm water. This will prevent microbubbles. The working time* of the resin mixture will go from 45 minutes, down to 30 minutes. This is because the resin mixture is thermosetting, and with increased temperature, the curing process will begin sooner than usual.  

(*Working time is the time you have to mix and pour the resin mixture once the hardener and resin meet in the same cup.)

  1. When pouring either the resin or hardener, carefully pour down the side of the measuring cup. Pouring from high above the measuring cup can result in air bubbles.

  1.  Double check that the resin and hardener are exactly a 1:1 ratio of resin to hardener.

  1. When mixing, mix smoothly, thoroughly, and consistently to avoid adding air bubbles. (To avoid adding air to the mixture, press the stirring utensil to the bottom of the cup while mixing.)

  1. After the resin and hardener is mixed and poured, wait about two minutes. Then, to remove any air bubbles, use an artists torch, kitchen torch, lighter, toothpick, or straw to remove bubbles. (Keep checking over the next 1-2 hours to make sure that additional bubbles do not appear.)

  1. Last tip: If the resin and hardener are ever milky or cloudy, this is a good indicator that the temperature of your resin is too low.

Thickness of Each Layer-

Since Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin heats up as it cures, the most that should be poured at a time, when casting or filling in a void, is 6 ounces. If more is poured in a single layer, there can be issues during the curing process. When coating, the resin will self-level to the point where it is 1/8" thick. 

Applying Multiple Coats-

Additional layers should be added between 3-5 hours of the previous coat. If it has been more than 5 hours, the resin has already hardened, and must be sanded down and wiped with a wet cloth before an additional layer can be added.

Coverage Calculations-

16 oz coats approximately 4 sq. feet @ 1/8” thick

32 oz coats approximately 8 sq. feet @ 1/8” thick

64 oz coats approximately 16 sq. feet @ 1/8” thick

1 gallon coats approximately 32 sq. feet @ 1/8” thick

2 gallons coats approximately 64 sq. feet @ 1/8” thick

Curing Time-

Our resin hardens after 24 hours, but it is fully cured at 72 hours. When demolding a piece after 24 hours, be careful, as it can still be scratched. 

Mediums That Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Adheres To-

Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Adheres to Mediums Such as:

  • wood

  • canvas

  • aluminum

  • inkjet prints

  • glossy photographs

  • oil paint

  • sculpture

  • leaves

  • rocks

  • brick

  • concrete

Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Does Not Adhere to:

  • silicone

  • the backside of tape

  • plastic tarps

  • wax paper

Heat Tolerance-

The heat tolerance of our resin is 120 degrees F. Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin is great for use as a coaster, and will not be affected by a hot coffee cup. However, it is recommended to wait until it is fully cured after 72 hours before placing a hot cup on it. 

*Note: Since Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin is only recommended for use up to 120 degrees F, it is not recommended to be used as a hot plate. 

Safety-

Art ‘N Glow Epoxy Resin is non-toxic and non-hazardous when used as directed. Art ‘N Glow Epoxy Resin adheres to ASTM D4236 and is certified as safe for home use. The American Society for Testing Materials certifies that our epoxy resin is non-toxic and does not produce fumes or VOC’s. Art ‘N Glow Epoxy Resin is not flammable and does not have any airborne qualities.

Extra Precautions to Take When Using Epoxy Resin:

  1. Wear Gloves: Protect your skin from coming into contact with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin and hardener mixture is sticky before it hardens. Disposable gloves will make clean up easy and will protect your hands from coming into contact with the mixture. If you do get resin on your hands, quickly wash with soap and water. Rubbing alcohol may also help.

  2. Wear Safety Lenses: Protect your eyes just in case. If any of the resin mixture ends up in your eyes, flush with water repeatedly, and do not rub. Immediately seek medical attention.

  3. Work in a well-ventilated area. If your workspace is not well-ventilated, you may want to use a respirator.