Sometimes, you may find yourself with a resin project that has a frosty finish or white streaks within the resin. Ugh. Why does cloudy resin happen? And even more important, how can you fix cloudy resin?
First, you need to determine if the cloudy resin is on the surface or throughout your resin casting.
Surface resin cloudiness
In this situation, you have three options:
1. Recoat with a layer of doming resin. Use the resin like a glaze coating. Brush it over the surface of your cloudy resin and allow it to cure.
2. Apply a couple of light layers of resin gloss sealer spray. This method is the best choice for resin charms that have a lot of grooves and irregular surfaces. This video shows how to use the spray to get a glossy finish on frosted surfaces:
3. Sand the surface and buff it with a resin polishing kit. This will get you great results on fixing your cloudy surface, but also requires the most work. Here are several polishing options for resin:
One of the easy options shown in the video is using the Novus polishing kit.
Resin cloudiness throughout
In this case, I’m afraid there isn’t a way to fix cloudy cured resin. The best you can do is to prevent it the next time you mix and pour resin.
1. Make sure your inclusions are completely dry before adding to the resin.
2. Warm your resin kit before using it. This will dissolve any crystals that may have formed from your resin getting too cold.
3. Make sure to mix your resin and hardener thoroughly together before using it. Incomplete mixing can cause cloudy streaks in the resin. If you are new to mixing resin, this will help: how to mix resin and hardener.
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