Using our Artist Resin (and other resins in the market) can be frustrating at first. You might face certain issues with it and you don’t know how to go about them. Here we will tackle the five most common issues in resining that people run into.

  1.   Uncured, Sticky Resin

There are times when the resin doesn’t settle in hard enough. It can happen to a few spots or to an entire surface. Most likely, the resin and the hardener are not catalyzing properly.

Solution: Mix equal parts of resin and hardener (1:1 ratio). Mix them properly for at least 3 minutes, making sure that all parts of the container are scraped. Use fresh resin. When you order Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin online, we guarantee that our product is fresh. Its shelf life is 1 year if unopened and six months once opened.

To fix curing problems:

Scrape off the sticky substance. Apply a freshly-mixed resin in that spot. 

Then, lightly sand the entire surface (including the cured area). Repour a second layer of resin. The sanding helps in providing some tooth to the first coat to the second layer. It will look like a mess at first but once you pour the second layer, then it’ll look great. Obviously, it takes time for the first layer and the patch to harden before adding more resin on top.

  1.   Bubbles

Bubble is part of resining. Bubbles occur because of mixing. 

Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin contains bubble releasing agent, meaning bubbles easily pop up by themselves. You will see bubbles disappear just by gently blowing on them. 

Solution: To minimize bubbles, use fresh resin and hardener.

If possible, choose non-porous surfaces to resin such as glass, plastic, metal and varnished wood. These materials are preferred since they don’t release a lot of gasses, meaning, fewer bubbles on your artwork. 

For stubborn bubbles, use a heat gun to run over the surface and remove them.

  1.   Surface Imperfections

The most common culprit is anything that falls into the resin while it cures, resulting in a flawed surface.

Solution:  Do the resining in a working area where your art can sit undisturbed while curing. After resining, cover your work with a half cardboard box. If the item is bigger, make a customized box that fits into your work. The point is, always cover your work while curing.  

To fix surface imperfection:

Lightly sand the entire surface and repour a second layer of resin on top. Cover the item and wait until for at least 24 hours before revealing it.

  1.   Uneven surface

Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin is self-leveling, so this problem occurs when your piece is not level or you used little resin. 

Solution: Make sure that your piece is on the right level prior to resining. Level all sides of the frame. Use a scrap of papers or wood blocks to even out either side to ensure levelness.

Make it a habit to mix a little more than you think you’ll need to avoid running out. The left-over can still be used for other purposes anyway. Always use a substantial amount of resin to the entire surface. It is better to do it right the first time than fixing it later.

To fix imperfections:

Lightly sand the entire surface and repour a second layer of resin on top. Cover the item and wait until for at least 24 hours before revealing it.

  1.   Yellowing

This issue is prevented when you use Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin. Our product has a unique formula which contains UV stabilizer to mitigate yellowing. So if you want your artwork to look always new, just use Artist Resin products and keep your art away from UV light as much as possible.

Hope this helps! Remember that perfecting the act of resining takes time and practice. Just enjoy every moment as you learn the process too!