HOW TO USE
Surface Preparation: All areas must be dry and dust free and clean before pouring casting resin.
Application and Mixing Instructions: Your work and resin must be between 75-85°F (24-29°C). Humidity must be under 60%.
Thoroughly mix equal parts of Resin Part A with Hardener Part B in a clean, dust free container with a wooden paint stir stick. Stir for 3-4 minutes, continually scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing container as well as the stir stick. Transfer entire contents into a second container and mix for an additional 1-2 minutes. Pour slowly into your cast. Culture Cast can be poured 1-1/2”-2’’ thick depending on temperature. For best curing results, room temperature should be between 75-85°F (24-29°C). Cured to the touch in 24 hours, complete cure in 7 days
What temperature does Culture Cast work best in? Casting Resin works best in temperatures between 70-75 degrees F.
What is the working time of Culture Cast? The working time depends on the temperature of the resin and the temperature of the room you are working in. If the temperature is around 72 degrees F, you should have 30-45 minutes of working time. The cooler the resin and the room, the longer the working time. The warmer the resin and the room, the shorter the working time.
How long is the cure time? Generally, Culture Cast will cure to the touch in about 24 hours. If shipping a recently cured project, it is recommended to wait at least 72 hours before shipping.
What is the difference between Casting Resin and Artist Resin? Casting Resin is FDA Compliant and VOC free, and made for thicker pours from 1/4″ to 2″ thick. Ideal for petri molds, river tables, preserving flowers. It is also a bit softer so we recommend doing a topcoat with Artist Resin to create a durable shell for items such as coasters.
Artist Resin is FDA compliant and VOC free as well, though it is made for pours less than 1/4″ thick. Ideal for resin art, countertops, serving trays, geodes, glitter tumblers, and marble paint tumblers. It is very hard and durable.
The Culture cast is a softer resin and a thicker resin, it cures to the touch in 24 hours and can be poured to depths up to 2 inches. If using for functional art we recommend coating with Artist Resin.
What is the difference between Culture Cast and Hard Cast? The Culture Cast is a softer resin and a thicker resin, it cures to the touch in 24 hours and can be poured 1-1/2″ to 2″ deep. Culture Casts thicker viscosity will suspend media such as lightweight glitter, mica and inks. It’s not recommended you use Culture Cast for functional art (catch-all dishes etc) as it may mar the surface. Being a softer resin Culture Cast is super easy to sand and buff to get that glass finish.
Hard Cast is a very thin resin almost like water, it cures to the touch in 48 hours and can be poured 1-1/2″ to 2″ deep. Hard Cast is great for river tables and preserving dried flowers or any objects in resin. Once cured it can be sanded, polished or turned. Hard Cast cures very hard almost like glass.
How does it react to the heat? You should not expose resin to prolonged heat sources, this could amber the resin. For example: hanging a piece directly over a fire where it is exposed to long periods of high heat.
My pump isn’t working. This means that your resin is a little cool and should be warmed up before use, especially part A of the resin. Warming also reduces bubbles when dispensing.
How can I get rid of bubbles? 1. Ensure that resin is warm when mixing. Warm resin will mix easier without creating as many bubbles.
2. Torch the resin with an appropriate torch.
Can I use a hairdryer or heat gun to pop bubbles in poured resin? A hairdryer or heat gun will not produce sufficient heat to pop bubbles in resin. We recommend using an automatic lighting torch attachment with a propane canister. Even a small artist torch will not provide enough heat to pop bubbles. (See official FAQ page for picture/product reference and additional FAQs!)
My resin got really hot and clumpy. Resin cures by heat- when you mix up resin you should apply it immediately onto your work. If you leave a mass of mixed resin in a container, it will build up heat rapidly which dramatically reduces working time. (See FAQs page for full answer.)
Is Artist Resin FDA compliant? Yes, all of our resins are FDA compliant (FDA 21 CFR 175.300).