There are many ways to cure resin. Some people use UV light, while others use heat lamps or ovens.
But what if you don’t have access to a UV light? Can you still cure your resin? The answer is yes!
In this blog post, we will discuss some alternative methods for curing resin without using UV light. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!
How do you harden resin without a UV light?
To answer this question, we need to know how UV light works with resin. As you probably know by now, if you’ve used any type of resin before, epoxy is a material that hardens when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light.
That means that in order for the resins to cure properly into one solid piece it needs exposure from an artificial or natural source of UV radiation.
When I say “cure” I mean that the resin goes through a chemical reaction process and turns into a solid state.
This process can also be called polymerization.
Photopolymerization occurs when polymers are created using monomers and exposing them to different types of energy sources like heat or -most commonly- light.
So, if you don’t have a UV light or an alternative way of hardening the resin, it will not cure and will stay in liquid form.
Table of Contents
- How do you harden resin without a UV light?
- Do you need a UV light for resin?
- What can I use instead of UV resin?
- Can you cure resin with an LED light?
- Can you dry resin with a hair dryer?
- Can a nail UV light cure resin?
- How do you make a UV light?
- Can you cure epoxy resin in the oven?
- Can you use a hair dryer on epoxy?
- Can clear glue be used as resin?
- Is epoxy and resin the same thing?
- Can I use hot glue instead of resin?
Do you need a UV light for resin?
Some of these methods include using an oven, a heat gun, or even just leaving it out in the sun.
However, the curing time may be longer if you choose to use one of these alternative methods.
What can I use instead of UV resin?
If you’re looking for an alternative to UV resin, there are several options:
*Resin clay (air-dries)
*Dichroic glass (requires kiln or torch firing)
*Polymer clay (requires oven baking)
*Cold enamel paint (air-dries)
Can you cure resin with an LED light?
You may have seen that new LED lamp for curing printed resin models. They are expensive, but they also look like a better alternative than UV light, which can be dangerous and damaging to eyesight when exposed in high doses.
But what if you want something cheaper? Or even an option that doesn’t cost anything at all? Can you cure resin with a standard LED bulb or other type of light source?
Well, yes and no. The answer depends on several factors: the strength of your bulbs; whether those bulbs are visible-light emitting (as opposed to infrared).
Can you dry resin with a hair dryer?
Well, you can try. But it will take a long time to cure the resin and it might not be as effective.
A hair dryer is not designed to emit UV light so don’t expect it to work as an actual UV lamp.
And even if you manage to cure your resin with a hairdryer, chances are that the curing process won’t be uniform throughout all of your objects; most likely only the parts directly exposed by air stream from your hairdryer will get cured while other parts remain uncured due to lack of heat or exposure time.
This method is therefore not recommended and we suggest that you spend some money on buying an actual LED UV lamp for this purpose instead because it will save you a lot of time and trouble.
Can a nail UV light cure resin?
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to cure your resin, using a UV nail light is the best option.
But if you don’t have access to one, there are other ways to cure your product.
How do you make a UV light?
UV light is often used to “cure” resin. But what if you don’t have a UV lamp? Can the curing be done without one? Of course, it can! You just need some sunlight and very little patience.
That’s right if you’re using daylight-curable urethane (DU) resins, all you really need to cure them is daylight.
This method of curing works especially well with flexible DU resins like Smooth-On Dragon Skin FX Pro or TASK® 24 Silicone Rubber.
Can you cure epoxy resin in the oven?
Epoxy resin can be cured in an oven, but the curing time will be much longer than if it was cured with UV light.
To cure epoxy resin in an oven, you will need to preheat the oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the resin for two hours.
Make sure that you are using a food-safe epoxy resin if you plan on baking it in the oven.
Can you use a hair dryer on epoxy?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people say that you can cure resin without UV light by using a hairdryer, while others say that it won’t work.
I haven’t tried this method myself, so I can’t speak from personal experience, but if you’re curious about whether or not it will work for you, go ahead and give it a try!
Just be sure to use caution when working with epoxy resin – it’s a potent material and should be treated with care.
Can clear glue be used as resin?
Yes, you can use clear glue as a resin. Clear glue is made with polyvinyl acetate, which is a type of plastic.
When it dries, it will be hard and clear. You can use this to make small projects ornaments, keychains, and more.
However, if you are looking for a stronger bond, you may want to consider using an actual resin.
Is epoxy and resin the same thing?
Epoxy and resin are different substances. Epoxy is a synthetic adhesive while resin is the substance that hardens to create objects.
Most of the time, epoxy products require a catalyst before they can begin to cure.
Resin usually cures by itself or with light activation in many cases.
Can I use hot glue instead of resin?
While you can technically use hot glue in a pinch, it is not recommended. Hot glue will not cure as smoothly or as evenly as resin, and it may also be yellow over time.
If you need to fast-track your project and don’t have access to a UV light, try using an LED flashlight instead.
Just be sure to keep the flashlight focused on the surface of your project so that all the glue cures evenly.