We get it. You’ve got a few questions about resin. It’s why we wrote this FAQs for resin beginners. It’s a list of the questions (and answers) we get asked most.
Before you order
What resin should I use?
How much resin should I buy?
All you need are your project dimensions. Then, our [FREE] resin calculator does the math on the amount of resin you need. To keep your resin fresh, you should only buy enough that you can use within six months of purchase.
Will the resin yellow?
Our epoxy resins have UV additives to keep them color-free. But, all resins yellow over time. (No matter what other companies may tell you.) To keep your resin clear as long as possible, keep it out of direct sunlight both before you use it and after curing.
How do I know Resin Obsession resins are safe to use?
All our resin formulas conform to ASTM D-4236. That means our resins meet federal guidelines for artist safety. But, not all resins have this designation. So if you’re not buying resin from us, please don’t buy one that doesn’t say it conforms to ASTM D-4236. Your health and safety aren’t worth the risk.
You’re throwing around a lot of words that I don’t understand. Do you have a resin dictionary somewhere?
We do. You can study resin vocabulary words all you want. (And there won’t be a pop quiz.)
Ready to buy resin
How long does it take to get my order?
Orders ship from our headquarters in Gainesville, Florida, or our production facility in the Northeast US. On average, US orders take 3 to 5 days for delivery. International orders take 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. You’ll see all your available shipping options, plus estimated delivery dates, at checkout.
How quickly do you ship resin supply orders?
Orders placed by 12 PM ET on weekdays ship the same day.
What happens if I need help?
You’re only a quick message away from getting expert artist support. Use our contact form or send us a message through your favorite social media channel.
What other tools and supplies do I need for my resin projects?
You’ll need mixing cups and stirring sticks. Plus, it’s important to have gloves to protect your hands. Get a complete resin supply list to get you off and running.
I’m kinda stuck on resin craft ideas. Do you have any?
Yes! The best place to start is with our resin tutorials. We share how to make art, paperweights, jewelry, home décor items, and more. It’s the easiest way to get inspired with resin.
After your resin arrives
What safety precautions should I take when crafting with epoxy?
You need to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated space. We’ve also got more resin safety precautions you should take to keep yourself protected.
How should I prep the resin?
You want your resin area to be in the low 70’s F. Plus, you can warm your resin kit in a hot water bath for 5 to 10 minutes to bring up the temperature. Warming your kit also helps your resin release bubbles easier.
How do I mix resin?
It comes down to three easy steps: measure each part by volume, pour the two parts together, combine until clear and streak-free. There are a few more nuances to getting it right, which is why we’ve got an article on how to mix resin. It’s got more detailed steps, pictures, plus a helpful video.
What happens if I need to pour another resin layer?
Make sure your resin surface is clean. Then, a new resin layer will adhere to the previous layer without any problems. If you pour your next layer while the last layer is in the gel phase (like half-formed gelatin), you’ll lessen the line between layers.
Can I save mixed resin for later?
Wouldn’t that be nice? Sadly, once you’ve mixed resin and hardener together, it will harden, whether you use it or not. So have a few extra projects ready to go if you have leftover resin.
How long does it take my resin to harden?
How should I store resin?
Store resin upright, indoors, in its original containers. The bottom of a dark closet works great.
Can I color resin?
My resin is getting hot. Is that normal?
My resin cured sticky. What happened?
How do I fix sticky resin?
You need to remove as much sticky resin as possible, then recoat with another layer of resin. This article shows more details about fixing sticky resin.
Can I paint on the resin surface?
Yes! Once the resin is fully cured, you can use acrylic paints to decorate a resin surface.