I have spent a lot of time looking for the perfect metal finish. I want my pieces to look like they are made out of metal, but I don’t want them to cost an arm and a leg. It turns out that it is possible to make epoxy resin look like metal!
This blog post will go over some simple steps on how you can achieve this goal as well as give you general tips on working with resin in general.
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How Do You Make Metallic Pigments
Mix epoxy resin with metallic powders. Metallic pigments are available in a variety of colors, including gold and silver.
You can also mix your own using other types of paint or glitters (for example, you could make copper by mixing brown paint with yellow glitter).
How Do You Get Resin To Stick To Metal
Epoxy resins come in different types and categories. Some can be used to coat metal, while others are meant for use on things like wood or plastic only.
Here we will go over some of the best epoxy resin glues to stick metal together with:
Super Glue this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a great metal glue for smaller, more precise jobs where you don’t want the epoxy to be too thick or viscous.
Liquid Nails are about as close to superglue in terms of viscosity and application that you can get without it being an actual adhesive like Gorilla Glue or any other polyurethane resin.
This type is best used for larger projects with thinner layers so it doesn’t crack when drying/curing over time.
Epoxy Adhesives These typically have two components that will need to mix together before use (they usually come separately).
The plus side here is they do provide a stronger bond to the metal, but you will need to apply it in layers, or else it can start bubbling and looking weird.
How Do You Make Silver Resin
One of the most popular ways to make resin look like metal is by using a silver leaf pen.
These pens can be found at craft stores and online retailers, or you may try painting your object with acrylic paint then spraying it will clear coat.
You could also use an airbrush if that’s what you have access to!
What Is Resin Metal
Resin metal is a mixture of resin and other fine materials that give it an extremely realistic metallic look.
This type of product allows you to recreate the appearance of sheet metal, plate metals, or even casted items like steel drums.
How Do You Make Acrylic Paint Look Metallic
Epoxy resin is a great medium to make acrylic paint look metallic. The best thing about epoxy, aside from its durability and how it can be applied on almost any surface, is that you can work with it over time without having the paint dry up too quickly, which allows for some really interesting results!
Here are three different ways of making acrylics look like metal using epoxy:
- First, you can make the paint dry to a matte finish. Apply it on your surface and let it sit overnight until hard. Then, cover the painted area with epoxy resin in two thin layers for durability while still maintaining that metallic look!
- Second, if you want more of an aged metal appearance or some lighter glints of silver throughout then use this method: apply one layer of acrylic paint after another without letting them dry completely between coats. This will give your painting depth as well as make each coat blend into one another so there are no harsh lines when applying the second layer of epoxy over top.
- Last but not least is using clear-drying Mod Podge instead of regular water-based varnish or a clear coat of paint. Apply a layer over your acrylic painting and let it dry overnight, then apply another thin layer after the first one has dried to get that glittery look!
How Do You Use Metallic Pigment Resin
You can find metallic pigment resin at any arts and crafts store. It looks like clear epoxy but has a sparkle added to it so it shines when light hits it.
This is the same type of product you would use if you wanted to make an object that looked like metal, such as a birdbath or a planter box.
What Is The Strongest Epoxy For Metal
There are a few different factors to consider when choosing the right epoxy for your metal project.
The most important of which is what you’ll be using it for, and how much weight that object will have on it while also being exposed to water or other environmental stresses.
What’s going on on the surface matters too if there’re some serious scratches in your material, then something more flexible would be better than an epoxy resin with hardening agents added so as not to add additional stress on those imperfections.
You might want something even more resistant against chemicals/water/heat depending on where this piece will end up being used!
Can I Use Epoxy On Metal
Yes, there are many epoxy resins that will work on metal surfaces. These should be available in your local hardware store and online.
Can You Coat Metal With Resin
Epoxy resin can be used to coat metal, making it look like a different material altogether.
There are two main methods for doing this:
one is to use powder coating and the other is by using nitrocellulose lacquer.
The process of applying epoxy resin is similar in both cases, as you will need to mix your materials together thoroughly before putting them into a mold, that has been made from fiberglass, or polyester cloth which insulates against heat but allows oxygen to flow through it so the mixture cures properly.
Can You Put Resin On Silver
No, the silver will not accept resin. It is too porous and shiny on top of all that it has a layer of metal coating on it. The epoxy resin will make no impression at all!
Can You Gold Plate Resin
No, you can’t. Gold plating resin is not possible. It would cost an arm and a leg to gold plate it, too!
However, there are ways of making epoxy resin look like metal.
Here we will go over three different options:
powder coating your piece or using spray paint on top of the epoxy resin.
The last option is to use metallic acrylic paint for your pieces, which will give you a similar look as gold plating it.
What Is Resin Silver
Resin silver is a type of epoxy resin with pigments that give it the luster and color saturation of metal.
This effect can be achieved by using different types of pigment powders based on what kind of results you want to achieve.
In addition, how much tinting powder is mixed in will affect the final result as well.