How to cover a painting with resin

How to coat a painting with resinWant to give your acrylic art a glossy finish?  Here are the steps on how to cover a painting with resin.

Step 1: Prepare your resin

For a project like this, you need to use a resin designed to coat artwork. These resins mix thick, allowing them to evenly coat a surface and give a smooth, shiny finish. For a project like this, the Resin Obsession artwork resin works great.

Step 2: Elevate the painting

You need to get the painting off your surface by at least an inch. This is important because your resin is going to drip over the side. This also brings up an important point – you want to be sure your surface is something resin won’t stick to so that you can easily clean up your work area for another time.

Step 3: Level the surface

Because you want the resin to coat the surface evenly, you need to make sure the surface is perfectly level. You can use a level from the hardware store or even smartphone apps that will function as a level.

Step 4: Decide how much resin you need

Because you want enough resin to coat the surface without wasting any, you must determine how much resin you need ahead of time.

Step 5: Measure and mix the resin

Each resin comes with its own mixing directions. Follow them carefully to make sure your resin cures as expected. If you have never done this before, here’s how you mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.

Step 6: Cover the surface of the painting

Once the resin is thoroughly mixed, you want to cover the surface of your painting. You can use your resin stirring utensil, a foam brush, or a silicone squeegee to push the resin around.

After the resin is over the entire painting surface, go over it with a heat gun to pop bubbles. Once the bubbles are gone, cover the painting with a dome. Let the resin cure for at least 24 hours.

Your painting should have a glossy finish over the top. The resin also helps to magnify the details in the painting. You can hang it as is, or you can put in a frame to hang it.

If you want to learn more about how to cover a painting with resin, including a list of items you will need, you will want to read our article on creating epoxy art.

Here’s a demonstration of covering a painting with resin to help you get started:

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8 thoughts on “How to cover a painting with resin

  1. @Charlotee, you can try a long lighter. Move the flame quickly as to avoid yellowing the resin. Also be careful not to let the flame touch the resin.

  2. After the small amount of resin leftover in the plastic measuring cup that you use to mix the resin sets, does it peal off after it sets or do you clean the cup right after pouring the resin on your project? If you clean the cup right away do you use water?

    1. When using large amounts of resin indoors, I always do it at the end of the day when I can leave the room overnight. I also have windows open (weather permitting) for fresh air or I have a fan circulating in the room. I also wear a respirator for fumes while pouring the resin.

  3. Hi looking for help on resin acrylic paintings ,when my painting is cured, there are dimples under the resin ,I have tried sanding and recoating but they are still there,I cleaned the canvas and wooden boards first with a baby wipe to make sure there was no grease etc .

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