Epoxy resin art is a form of creative expression. However, in order for resin pieces to retain their beauty and quality, it is necessary to follow some tips and precautions. Here are some tips to avoid deterioration or damage to a piece of resin art:
Choose a good quality resin suitable for your project: there are different types of resins on the market, but not all have the same properties and uses. Look for a resin that says "epoxy" or "poly epoxy" on the label, as they are the most resistant and versatile. You can also opt for a UV resin, which is activated by sunlight or an ultraviolet lamp, and is ideal for small objects.
Mix the resin and catalyst well: The resin is composed of two parts: a liquid resin and a catalyst that hardens it. It is very important to measure and mix well the proportions of both components, following the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not do it, the resin may be sticky, soft or bubbly.
Prepare the surface where you are going to work: Before applying the resin, make sure the surface is clean, dry and free of dust, grease or dirt. If you are going to use wood, sand and seal the surface to prevent the resin from leaking or cracking. If you are using other materials, such as metal, plastic or glass, clean and degrease the surface with alcohol.
Apply the resin carefully and slowly: Resin is a viscous and fluid material, which can drip or run if applied too quickly or too much. Use a brush, spatula or syringe to apply the resin gently and accurately, covering the entire surface evenly. Avoid creating air bubbles when applying the resin, and if they form, remove them with a blowtorch, hair dryer or toothpick.
Add colorants or pigments in moderation: If you want to add color to your resin piece, you can use specific colorants or pigments for resin.
However, do not use more than necessary, as this may alter the viscosity, drying time or transparency of the resin. Add the colorant or pigment little by little, and mix well until the desired shade is obtained.
Cure the resin in a suitable place: Once you have applied the resin, you should let it dry and harden in a safe, clean and ventilated place. Avoid direct exposure to the sun, extreme heat or cold, as they can affect the curing process. Also avoid contact with water, dust, hair or insects, which can ruin the surface of the resin. Curing time depends on the type and amount of resin you have used, but generally ranges from 24 to 72 hours.
Protect and clean your resin piece: Once the resin is fully cured, you can give it the finish of your choice, such as sanding, polishing, varnishing or painting. To protect and clean your resin piece, use a soft, dry cloth and avoid using abrasive or chemical products. If your resin piece is exposed to the sun or outdoors, you can apply a coat of varnish or protective lacquer with UV filter, to prevent yellowing or degradation.