If you are asking yourself how long does it take resin to dry, I’m sorry to say there isn’t a one size fits all answer. I also hope you’re reading this article before you mix resin.
How long it takes resin to dry is also known as the cure time.
Cure times vary between resins. This information is a part of your resin kit instructions. You shouldn’t have to guess the cure time of your resin. If you can’t find these details or don’t understand them, contact the manufacturer for help. For resins sold in the Resin Obsession store, we have all the information for you in our resin buying guide.
If you are still asking how long does it take resin to dry, here are some general guidelines:
Many epoxy resins will be dry to the touch within 24 hours of mixing and pouring. It will take seven days for a full cure, but you can handle your project at this point if you are careful. It may scratch or dent (not ding) if you aren’t gentle enough. If you are using a slow-curing epoxy, allow it to sit for 48 to 72 hours to be touchable.
There are such things as quick-curing resins. These are usually polyurethane resins that can cure within minutes to an hour or two. Quick-curing resins are better suited for those already skilled in resin. i.e. I don’t recommend these resins for beginners.
Polyester resins are generally touchable in about 12 hours. Silicone resins vary widely, but are usually touchable twenty-four hours post-pouring.
What happens if it’s past the cure time of your resin and it hasn’t dried or cured?
It could be several things. Here are twelve reasons why your resin didn’t cure.
But, what if the resin dried, but it’s sticky?
The number one reason this happens is that you didn’t measure and mix the resin well. The good news is that it may be a fixable problem. This article details how to fix sticky resin.
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