Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Guide
Epoxy Resin FAQ
Visit our Resin FAQ page for answers to common questions about Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin.
7 Steps to a Bubble-Free and Flawless Cure
The temperature of the workspace, and resin itself, is key. The workspace should be between 72°-78°F, the closer to 78°, the better.
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.)
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.
Double check that the resin and hardener are exactly a 1:1 ratio of resin to hardener.
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.)
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.)
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.
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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 1/16" thick. We recommend a maximum thickness of 1/4” for each layer.
Applying Multiple Coats
If you need to pour several layers for additional thickness, wait for each layer to cure for 6 hours prior to pouring the next coat. Subsequent coats beyond 48 hours require light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper.
16 oz coats approximately 3 sq. feet @ 1/16” thick
32 oz coats approximately 6 sq. feet @ 1/16” thick
64 oz coats approximately 12 sq. feet @ 1/16” thick
1 gallon coats approximately 24 sq. feet @ 1/16” thick
2 gallons coats approximately 48 sq. feet @ 1/16” thick
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:
Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin Does Not Adhere to:
the backside of tape
The heat deflection temperature of our resin is 105 degrees F. Art 'N Glow Epoxy Resin is great for use as a coaster but is not recommended for hot coffee cups or for projects used as hot plates.
*Note: Heat deflection temperature is the temperature at which your epoxy will start to soften (you could dent it with your fingernail) but will return to normal once cooled.
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:
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.
Wear Safety Glasses: 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.
Work in a well-ventilated area. If your workspace is not well-ventilated, you may want to use a respirator.