Can I use nail polish to color resin?

I’ve seen people use nail polish as a coloring agent in resin. However, I’ve also read that it can cause the resin to yellow over time. So, can you use nail polish to color resin?

What can I use to color resin?

There are a few different ways to color resin.

  • Acrylic paints, alcohol inks, and food coloring (for example, red) can be used to paint the surface of the resin before it hardens. The colors will blend together, so you may want to add more than one color if you want them to separate into distinct areas on your piece.
  • Glitter and glow powder can also be added directly into the resin mixture prior to curing in order for them to show up on your finished piece. Simply mix glitter or glow powder with clear nail polish until they’re completely dissolved then pour this mixture into your mold container for casting. Be sure not to mix these two substances together unless there’s an intentional reason for doing so!
  • Pigment powders are another option as well as mica powders (mixing some glitter with pigmented powder is another way). You could also use powdered eyeshadow or nail polish; however, these last two options aren’t recommended because they tend not only to stick better but also last longer without fading over time due their chemical composition being similar (or identical) respectively.)

Can you use clear nail polish on resin?

Yes, clear nail polish can be used on resin. This is a very common method for using nail polish to color resin. Nail enamel is made up of pigmented lacquer and solvent that are mixed together to create a paint-like solution.

It’s important that the original shape of your piece doesn’t get distorted from the application of this substance because it tends to become thick and viscous when applied over large areas.

In order to avoid this problem, you should only use clear nail polish if you have already sealed your piece with another coating or if you intend on painting a design directly onto your surface.

If these aren’t options for you or if they don’t work out well enough (i.e., there are still parts where some distortion occurs), then we’d recommend trying something else instead

What polish do you use for resin?

Next, you’ll need to decide what polish will work best for your project. This can be a challenge because while you can use most nail polishes to color resin, they won’t all cure it in the same way.

  • Some brands of polish don’t set up properly on the surface of resin and will remain rubbery or tacky; this makes them unsuitable for decorating resin jewelry pieces such as pendants and charms.
  • When using a brand of nail polish that sets up well on cured resin (like OPI), you should seal it afterward with another layer of clear top coat so that it doesn’t sweat off over time or chip off when worn against clothing or other items in daily life (this isn’t necessary with high-quality epoxy resins).
  • Some people make their own two-part sealant by mixing enough clear top coat into any colored varnish base (such as Mod Podge) so that there are no streaks left behind when used over cured epoxy resin pieces; this creates a smooth finish without any sticky residue from cured coating lingering underneath—but since there’s no science behind these formulas yet, results may vary depending on materials used!

Can you use food coloring in resin?

Food coloring is a good choice to tint small resin projects. It will not color the resin completely and it works best when used sparingly to achieve subtle shades.

The downside of food coloring is that it can stain the skin, so be careful when handling your project after dyeing it.

If you’d like to get more intense colors than what you would get from using food coloring alone, we recommend using pigment drops instead.

Pigment drops are especially useful if you’re trying to create vivid or opaque colors that don’t come from other materials in your recipe (for example, if you want a red color without including any red pigments).

How do you add color to resin?

You can add colour pigments to resin and mix it with a toothpick. Start with just a few drops and see how it changes the color of your resin.

If you want to add more color, really let the resin dry before adding more pigments. This will prevent mixing the pigment into your clear resin and making it cloudy, which will look like bubbles on top of your nail polish bottle.

If you’re using acrylic paint instead of nail polish, make sure that you don’t use too much water because acrylics are thick by nature!

Can I color resin with acrylic paint?

You can color resin with acrylic paint. Acrylic paints are water-based and will therefore not be as vibrant in color as nail polish, but they will work fine for the purpose of coloring resin.

If you want to use acrylic paint, it’s best to pick up some cheap brushes from your local art store and make sure that you have a good seal on your resin container so that it doesn’t dry out before use.

One thing to keep in mind when using acrylic paint is that it’s a lot easier than nail polish because it dries much faster (which makes sense since you’re basically just mixing acrylic paint with water).

If you don’t wait long enough after stirring the mixture together then this could lead to cloudy resin; however, if any clumps do form at the bottom of your container then there are ways around them!

Can you polish resin with toothpaste?

The answer is yes! Toothpaste works well for polishing resin.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when using toothpaste for this purpose:

  • You need to use a non-abrasive toothpaste. In other words, don’t use the kind that contains baking soda or other abrasives.
  • Make sure you use a soft cloth or rag so you don’t scratch the surface of your resin piece.
  • Wipe off the residue from your piece with a wet cloth; otherwise, it can leave streaks on your work later on if it dries out in those areas before you get around to cleaning it up.

Can clear nail polish be used as a sealant?

If you’re looking to seal your resin pieces, clear nail polish can work as a sealant. However, the polish will need to dry completely before you use it.

If you want to try this method and want to make sure your piece doesn’t get ruined by an overly-oily or smelly nail polish, look for non-yellowing nail polishes (or even ones that are clear). These will help keep your resin from changing colors over time.

Additionally, it’s important that the surface of your piece is completely dry before applying the sealant; otherwise, small air bubbles might form underneath when curing occurs and could cause your piece to crack later on down the road—or worse yet: spill out onto other surfaces!

Some people recommend applying two coats of resin after applying their first layer of clear coat just in case there are any tiny cracks left open which may cause leakage later on down the line (this really depends on how thickly applied each layer was).


If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to give your resin projects some sparkle, nail polish might be just the answer. It’s affordable, comes in an array of colors, and is easy to apply. Add a little or add a lot for the perfect pop of color!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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