It is now easy to get 50 coats of thick, glossy varnish in just one coat. Art Resin is a two-part epoxy resin. It can coat, paper, canvas, wood, stone and more. Add new dimension to your drawing, watercolour, acrylics, oils and more.
Art Resin includes HALS, an additive that prevents UV light from evening beginning the natural cycle that causes yellowing so Art Resin remains crystal clear. It is safe to use without a respirator, it has no harmful VOCS or fumes. It contains a bubble release agent and is self-leveling and it will not crack or break. It can be mixed with inks and other colourants.
Note: ArtResin does not adhere well to disposable plastic paint tarps, plastic sandwich/grocery bags, silicone molds, and the non-sticky side of shiny tape. Artists can use these properties to their advantage when creating their ArtResin pieces (e.g. jewelry made from resin poured in silicone molds).
Mix together equal parts from each bottle, stirring for 3 minutes. Then just pour the liquid mixture over your project and spread. Leave it to dry for 24 hours and then love it forever! Watch the video below for more information.
Here is a longer video. It is full of invaluable tips and suggestions. Think of it a FREE WORKSHOP ON RESIN COATING
What makes ArtResin® safe to use?
ArtResin® has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials as non-toxic when used as directed (conforms toASTM D4236). ArtResin is formulated using the highest quality materials and therefore produces no VOCs or fumes. It is a clean system, meaning there are no solvents or non-reactive diluents—everything in it reacts so nothing is free to become airborne and cause health issues. It is also non-flammable. For all these reasons, it is therefore classified as a non-hazardous material and is shippable by air. Furthermore, many curatives have a powerful odor, however ArtResin has only a low odor and is applicator friendly.
ArtResin is derived from museum conservation-grade materials to ensure its water-clear clarity is preserved for decades. Many resins contain a UV stabilizer to help delay the epoxy's natural yellowing process, however this alone is not enough to prevent yellowing from happening. ArtResin contains both a UV stabilizer as well as an advanced additive called HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) that interrupts the yellowing process before it can begin. The result is that ArtResin stays clear both in the bottle and once cured.
Epoxy resins are prone to yellowing and other degradative effects from UV light, so stabilization additives are used to help mediate the damage. A UV stabilizer works to protect against gloss loss, cracking, chalking and de-lamination, and to some extent yellowing. A UV stabilizer merely delays yellowing in resins, so ArtResin has a HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) added for extremely efficient long term yellowing protection.
The ArtResin 2 gal Professional Kit consists of 1 gallon resin + 1 gallon hardener and covers about 64 square feet (e.g. an 8' x 8' piece). The ArtResin 1 gal Studio Kit is a half gallon of resin + half gallon of hardener and covers about 32 square feet (e.g. a 4' x 8' piece). The ArtResin Starter Kit is 32 oz and covers about 8 square feet (e.g. a 4' x 2' piece). Each layer is about 1/8" thick. If you want your resin to look thicker, you will need more to cover the same surface area. Multiple coats can be applied as long as you lightly sand in between coats.
What is the shelf life of ArtResin?
ArtResin will stay fresh for about 1 year in an opened bottle, or 2 years unopened.
Yes, you can do a second coat of ArtResin. You may choose to do this for instance if the first coat wasn't poured thick enough to cover areas of high relief, if you wish to fix or repair the first coat, or if you simply like the look of a thicker coat. To apply a second layer, you will prepare and apply the resin exactly the same way as the first, however you must lightly sand the first layer in between to provide some tooth so the second layer can adhere properly. Sanding will cause the first layer to look scuffed until you pour the second coat on. Then the scuff marks will become invisible. Always wait until the first layer is dry before adding another.
What safety precautions should I take when using ArtResin?
ArtResin is considered a non-hazardous material and is non-toxic when used as directed, however there are some common sense safety precautions that every user should follow:
Wear gloves. ArtResin is very sticky in its liquid form, so gloves will protect the user from a mess, as well as skin irritation. Clean skin promptly with soap and water if it does come in contact with ArtResin.
If ArtResin somehow comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and do not rub. Promptly seek medical attention.
Work in a well ventilated area. Wear a respirator if ventilation is poor.
For detailed health information, please see the ArtResin SDS.
ArtResin conforms to ASTM D4236, meaning it is certified as safe for home use.
Torches (e.g. a butane-filled Artist's Torch or a propane-filled blow torch) work extremely well to eliminate bubbles because they produce a flame which can easily be controlled and directed at an area of bubbles. When the resin is heated, it thins out which enables it to de-gas more easily. Heat guns can also work, however they are harder to direct heat to where you want it to go. An added benefit of the flame is that it will burn off tiny dust particles that may have landed in the resin. Of course, common sense and caution should be used when operating any torch or heat gun.
Yes, ArtResin can be tinted with pigment, dye, acrylic or ink, although dye can fade over time. Simply drop color into the mixture while stirring for an all over saturated color, or drop it in clear spread out resin and watch its cool effects. We'll be offering our own line of resin tint in the coming months... watch for it!