Have you been looking for a way to coat an object in resin? If so then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll be telling you exactly how to coat an object using resin.
I talk about what resin is and also show you a quick demo of me coating one of my objects in resin.
How do you cover objects with resin?
First, make sure you are wearing gloves and a respirator. Then, measure out the amount of resin and hardener that you will need to cover the object with an extra 0.1 oz on each side for mixing.
If you’re just trying to coat a small item like a ring or pendant, I would recommend using 1-2 oz of resin and 1-2 oz of hardener (which is equal parts A & B). If you have a larger project in mind, it’s best to use more. For example, I used 8 oz of resin and 8 oz of hardener for my coasters.
For every ounce of resin we use we want about 10 drops of colorant or pigments to give our piece some color.
Each brand has different instructions on how to mix their particular epoxy resins so always refer back to the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific mixing ratios and timing but typically you will pour both components into one cup and stir them together for 2-3 minutes until they are fully combined.
How do you seal something in resin?
- Mix the resin
- Use a brush to apply a thin layer of resin over the object.
- Heat the resin using a heat gun or torch to remove air bubbles.
- Carefully seal the inside of your mold with more resin.
- Remove the silicone mold and gently wash away any remaining clay with soap and water.
How do you use resin coating?
You coat an object with resin to protect its surface. Resin coatings come in a variety of colors and can be used by professional artists or hobbyists. Resin coating is commonly used in the furniture industry, where it protects wood from water damage and gives the table a glossy finish.
How do you apply resin top coat?
- Spread a thin layer of resin over the casting, making sure that it is not so thick that it runs, but thick enough to seal the casting.
- Let this layer dry before applying a second coat. If you need to, repeat steps one and two until the entire casting is sealed.
- If there are any cracks or holes in the surface of your piece, fill them with more resin (if necessary).
How do you suspend objects in clear resin?
With the help of the following steps, you and everything you know will soon be coated in clear resin:
- Prepare your object and surface. If you are adding dried flowers or plants to your resin casting, make sure to seal them with a spray-on acrylic coating before placing them into the resin. This will prevent air pockets from forming around them as the air escapes through their pores.
- Mix your epoxy. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions on mixing times and pour depths. Some resins are more forgiving than others when it comes to mixing—some require much less mixing time than others—but most require at least two minutes of stirring so that they do not cure unevenly. Pour no more than 1/8″ deep at a time so as not to overheat the resin as it sets, which can cause bubbling or clouding issues in the finished piece.
- Pour and suspend your object in resin, then remove bubbles with either a heat gun or blowing on it gently with a straw (you have been practicing blowing bubbles with straws into milk for about 20 years now; this is just an extension).
- Wait for your work to cure fully (most resins require 24 hours, some up to 72) before touching or moving it.
- Finish by filing away any drips that may have formed while pouring your piece and give it a light sanding if desired.
Can you put a printed picture in resin?
Resin can be used over a printed picture that’s been photocopied in black and white.
The “cheating” way to get a photo into resin is by using a color photocopy. (This is because color ink will run when you pour resin over it.) The surface of the paper has to be sealed with something like Mod Podge or, if you want a thicker coating, gesso. You should also seal the edges of the paper before pouring resin to make sure it doesn’t warp or curl from interacting with the resin.
You should also remember that photographs have a shiny surface, so it might not be worth your trouble to try and coat it in resin – but if you want an expensive-looking finish on your projects, give this method a try!
How do you put paper in resin?
If you’ve got a laser printer at home, you can place any printout into resin. If you print it on regular paper and dip it in the water for about 5 seconds before you place it into the resin. It will become transparent when dry, which looks really cool if you are using a colored pigment. You can also try printing on cardstock to create a more sturdy printout. You could even try printing your image on wood veneer or vellum!
If you don’t have access to a laser printer, there are still ways that you can use paper in your piece: Simply tear tissue paper and place the pieces into the resin–it ends up looking like confetti embedded into the resin!
How do you seal resin casting?
Once you’ve figured out the right object, it’s time to get things together for a resin casting session. Here are the steps involved:
- Measure and mix resin and hardener. We recommend using a 1:1 ratio of resin to hardener since it is more forgiving in terms of mixing and curing times.
- Pour some resin into your chosen mold, then add objects. You can also pipe or pour on more resin as needed over your objects.
- Use a torch to remove bubbles from your mixture, taking care not to melt whatever you’re casting (unless that’s the effect you’re going for).
- Let the resin cure—this should take about 12-24 hours at room temperature. To make sure everything sets properly, don’t touch or disturb your cast for at least 48 hours after you finish pouring. The longer it sits undisturbed, the better off it’ll be!
- Remove cured resin from mold by gently flexing mold walls or carefully cutting open if necessary. Sand or file down any rough edges with sandpaper or a Dremel tool before painting or finishing with top coat layers (see below).
Can you spray clear coat over resin?
Sorry to break it to you, but no. It doesn’t work that way. Resin and clear coats have very different chemical compositions and don’t play well together.
If you’re looking for a permanent seal, though, there are lots of options for you! By far the most popular option is epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is easy to use, adheres to most materials easily, and has durable properties (which makes it a perfect option for water-related projects such as river tables)
If you want to use clear coating but aren’t ready to toss those resin pieces yet, fear not: just remove the resin parts before applying the clear coat.