So how do you make sure your resin cures?
You’ve got to make sure your epoxy resin is completely, thoroughly, entirely, conclusively, and outright mixed.
Was I clear there? Pun intended. 😂 😂 😂
And if you’re someone who’s looking for pre-mixed epoxy resin, you can back out of this article right now. Because there is no such thing.
So now that we’re both on the same page,
How do you know when your epoxy resin is completely mixed?
When you first mix your resin and hardener parts together, you should see they look cloudy or wavy. This is normal. But, you should notice that the more mixed the epoxy resin is, the clearer it gets.
How long does it take for epoxy resin to be mixed well?
It depends on two things:
How much resin you are mixing?
An excellent place to start is with your resin’s pot time. Ten percent of that value will give you a ballpark estimate of how long you can expect it to take for you to mix your resin. For example, a resin with a pot time of 30 minutes will take about 3 minutes to mix together. Of course, this number is just an estimate and can move up or down depending on the total volume you are mixing.
What’s the temperature of your resin and work area?
The colder your resin, the thicker it will be. Not only will it take you longer to mix it, but it’s going to hang to bubbles easier too.
⭐️ BONUS: Get my cold weather resin tips
What if you’ve mixed epoxy resin for several minutes, and it’s not clear?
Resin turning or staying cloudy is never a good thing. Read up on the reasons where your resin is cloudy.
I thought my epoxy resin was completely mixed, but when I checked later, it was sticky. What happened?
Some of your resin wasn’t completely mixed. And don’t feel bad. This is the number one mistake I see beginners make.
And here’s how it usually happens:
You did an excellent job mixing the resin and hardener in the center of your cup. But you didn’t scrape the edges of your container and stirring stick while mixing.
Being a thrifty artist (which I’m all for), you scraped out every last bit of resin in your mixing cup. What you thought was mixed epoxy resin was undermixed epoxy resin. And that resin cures sticky.
⭐️ BONUS: Learn more reasons why you have sticky resin.
What else can you do to make sure your epoxy resin is entirely mixed?
Pull out your smartphone and set a timer. A timer helps you be mindful when using your resin supplies. It’s great for making sure you spend enough time mixing your resin. Plus, it’s also great for reminding you when your resin’s pot time is almost up.
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