I don’t know that sticky anything is ever good. Okay, sticky notes. But other than that, I can’t think of much else good that’s sticky.
Including sticky resin.
Once you’re done with the swearing and crocodile tears, here are some ways how to fix sticky resin.
Scenario 1: The cured resin is sticky on the surface like tape.
Option 1. Recoat with another layer of well-mixed resin and hardener.
If your resin surface is only sticky in a few spots, you can fix sticky resin by coating it with another layer of mixed resin. You may need to build a tape dam around your piece or prepare to handle resin running over the edge.
This video shows how to apply a second layer of doming resin to a resin charm.
💡 Pro tip: While you can apply new resin to only the sticky spots, you will see a seam line between the old and new layers. For the best-looking results, you should recoat the entire surface.
Option 2. Sand off the sticky resin.
If the entire surface is sticky, you sand the resin surface. Sand with several grits of wet/dry sandpaper down to a solid surface that you can finish as desired.
Option 3. Coat with a spray.
Use a clear-drying acrylic spray to seal off the sticky areas. Use it in light coats to fix the sticky resin.
Here’s the important part of this:
The sticky resin likely happened because you didn’t mix your resin thoroughly. You need to be sure to mix your resin kit well this time.
⭐️ BONUS: How do I know when my resin is mixed?
Scenario 2: The cured resin is gooey.
Unfortunately, you may find yourself asking, ‘How do I fix gooey resin?’
If you find your resin is gooey (somewhere between a liquid and solid), I’m afraid I don’t have good news for you. You will have to scrape the resin blob out before recoating with new resin.
Here are the five steps you need to take to fix gooey resin:
1. Scrape out as much of the gooey resin as you can.
Be careful if using heat and solvents to remove the gooey resin. It may produce unsafe fumes.
💡 Pro tip: As tempting as it may be to recoat without removing the uncured resin, don’t! This resin can leak out later, making a huge mess and ruining your resin crafts.
2. If your surface has large craters or cracks after removing the sticky resin, you will have to mix more resin and use it to fix the voids.
Think of it like spackling and use it to fill in gaps. Make sure your resin is dry before moving on to the next step.
3. Sand the surface to get it even again.
All the gooey resin must be gone at this point because gooey resin does not sand well. Like sanding slime. Just. Don’t.
⭐️ BONUS: How to sand resin.
4. Wipe clean the resin surface clean with denatured alcohol.
This removes resin dust.
5. Recoat with a new batch of mixed resin.
Give yourself a high-five because you just learned how to fix sticky resin.
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