We are in unison in saying that the most frustrating part about being an artist is if you need to redo your work. Sometimes you need to your glitter tumbler because the item looks so ugly. Don’t worry; this happens to many new resin artists so you really don’t have to feel so bad about it.
Stripping the coating in the cups can be very tiring especially if you don’t know the correct process. It feels like forever stripping the grease because they just won’t let go of the surface easily. Hopefully, these tips will help strip your cups in a breeze.
Step 1: Set up the cup in front of a space heater for 5-10 minutes. Depending on the materials that you want to get rid of, you can extend heating the cups a little bit longer. Cups that are coated with paint, glitter, and epoxy need to be heated longer. Attend to your cup as you heat it as space heaters can pose fire risk (and you don’t like that!).
Step 2: Once the coating gets soft and gooey, use any scraping tool that can take it off. My suggestion is to use a smooth edged kitchen knife. Start pulling off the coating from top to bottom, in one direction only. This is to avoid creating “wounds” to the metal part of the tumbler. (Note: the cup can be hot so use a silicon pot holder while working on it. Avoid touching the coating as it can burn your skin. Lastly, make sure that the knife’s sharp side is pointing away from you, not towards you. You don’t want the knife to be pointing towards you then it accidentally slides through the cup (just imagine!)
Step 3: After removing the coating, you may still have some work to do. To remove the paint, you need to wipe the layer with acetone. Damp a piece of cloth with acetone then wipe the surface vigorously, until the paint is all taken off.
And there you go- a perfectly stripped cup. Now, you can work on it again and make it beautiful using our Artist Resin products!