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101 FAQ on Resin Art - Part 2

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Q: Can I add color to my resin art?
A: Yes, you can add color to your resin art using various pigments, alcohol inks, dyes, or even acrylic paint. Keep in mind that as you add more fluid color (inks, dyes, paints versus pigments and mica powders) you could make the resin composition thinner and it may not completely harden.

Q: How long does it take for resin to cure?
A: The curing time for resin can vary depending on the type of resin and the environmental conditions, but it typically takes between 24 to 72 hours. If your resin doesn't fully harden, it could be due to the type of resin you used, what you put in the resin (too much fluids), or the mixing ratio.

Q: What is the difference between casting resin and coating resin?
A: Casting resin is designed for thicker pours, while coating resin is used for thin, topcoat applications. Casting resin typically cures with fewer bubbles, but it also takes longer to fully cure.

Q: How do I prevent bubbles in my resin art?
A: To prevent bubbles, make sure to stir the resin and hardener slowly and gently. Using a heat gun or torch can also help remove bubbles. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and keep the heat / flames away from the mold and don't use with alcohol. You can also let the resin sit for 5 min before you pour it, and don't use wooden sticks as that can create more bubbles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Q: Can I use resin on a canvas?
A: Yes, but it's important to seal the canvas first to prevent the resin from soaking into the fabric. Also, if you can support the bottom of the canvas, you can prevent sagging. Some people will pour a layer of resin on the back of the canvas and let that cure before they work on the front of the canvas. This will help to keep the canvas from sagging when you seal the top.

Q: How do I clean up after working with resin?
A: Uncured resin can be cleaned up with acetone or rubbing alcohol. Cured resin can be scraped off surfaces or sanded. 

Q: What is a flood coat in resin?
A: You often will get a slight "lip" on the cured resin as resin will naturally creep up the sides of the mold. You can use a tool to "cut" off the edge or use a sanding tool to knock the edge off. The edge can be sharp but once you sand or shave it off, that edge will no longer be shiny. If you are using a permanent paint marker on the edge it's not a problem, but keep this in mind. Many people will do a top coat to cover the demoulded item and create a dome effect, called a flood coat. You just have to be careful not to let the resin drip over the sides unless you have taped off the sides and back.

Q: Can I fix mistakes in my resin art?
A: Yes, mistakes can often be sanded down after the resin has cured, and then a new layer of resin can be poured on top.

Q: How do I store my resin supplies?
A: Resin and hardener should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Other supplies like molds and tools can be stored in a clean, dry area. Always store your molds flat. 

Q: How do I maintain the shine of my resin art?
A: To maintain the shine of your resin art, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can cause yellowing. Regularly dusting the piece can also help maintain its shine.

Q: Where can I find inspiration for my resin art?
A: Inspiration can come from many places, such as nature, other artists, or even everyday objects. At, we also provide a variety of resources and ideas to inspire your resin art journey on Instagram at create.getmessy.lovelife.


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