Removing frosting from resin casts

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    • #4579
      Tyler
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      I’ve just started using resin so practiced with some small molds and noticed that the open air side of the resin is clear but the sides touching the silicone mold are frosted, do i have to treat these surfaces first or just go to town with sandpaper straight away?

    • #4580
      Mike
      Guest

      Hi Tyler,
      I noticed the same thing. I de-molded my first casting on Monday this week. My mold is Alumalite #3 silicone. I expected my cast piece to be clear too. I’m hoping that applying resin spray finish will clear it up. I am not sure if I need to prepare the surface to remove mold release, hand oil, etc. Maybe the Novus resin polish would do the trick. Katherine Swift has been really good about responding to my previous posts. Hopefully she will have an answer for us.

    • #4581
      Katherine Swift
      Keymaster

      Hi guys, do you know what kind of surface was on the template for the silicone mold you used? I ask because if the whatever the surface of the template is, it will impart to the surface of the mold and subsequent castings.

      • #4583
        Tyler
        Guest

        At the moment I’m only practicing with food grade silicone Molds till I get the hang of what I’m doing

    • #4582
      Mike
      Guest

      Hi Katherine,
      The skull model that I used is pretty smooth, but not shiny. Can I expect a shiny finish from a silicon (Alumilite#3) mold formed from a shiny, smooth model? I will try with the Novus polish first to see if it improves the finish. Actually, the slightly frosted finish helps to defuse the LED light.

      • #4590
        Katherine Swift
        Keymaster

        Yes, if your model is shiny, you can expect shiny results from a mold made with the Alumilite #3

    • #4584
      Mike
      Guest

      I just watched the video titled ‘How to get a glossy finish on resin jewelry’ on the Castin’ Craft Gloss Resin Sealer Spray page. The jewelry charms were cast in food grade silicon molds that left the cast pieces with a frosted finish. The video demonstrates how to use the gloss spray to get a clear, shiny finish.

    • #4587
      Katherine Swift
      Keymaster

      @Tyler, yes, what you experienced is pretty common with food use silicone molds. I think the spray works well to get your castings glossy again. Here’s a link to the video Mike mentioned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITsGX4PcPrE

    • #4591
      Mike
      Guest

      Thanks Katherine,
      I have a notion to cast a mold using a large, glass marble to make shiny, colorful lighted ornaments using LEDs.

    • #85411
      Katherine Swift
      Keymaster
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