When you’re ready to buy resin, you’ve probably got a few questions. Things like
And if you’re asking these, that’s awesome. Because they’re ALL good questions.
And you might think that’s enough.
But here’s the thing.
Ignorance is NOT bliss when it comes to resin. In fact, it’s the reason I see many people quit. It’s not that they did things wrong. It’s that they bought the wrong resin for what they wanted to make.
So instead of having a big mess…
Before you buy resin for your next project, here are ten questions you should be asking.
Wait a minute. So I can’t just buy any resin and use it?
Of course, you can.
If you don’t mind
❌ Risking your safety
❌ Holding your breath while waiting to see if it cures
❌ Calling your resin ugly swear words like you slippery little jungle demon
But if you want to make something
✅ Shiny and gorgeous
✅ That you can’t wait to use, gift, or even sell
Here are ten questions you should know the answers to BEFORE you buy resin for your next project.
1. I want to make ______. Will this resin work for this?
Do you know what’s painful? (Besides #5 on this list.) Buying a resin you think will work for your project only to find out AFTER using it that it failed miserably. You should never read that a resin will work for everything. There is no one-size-fits-all all resin.
So how do you know if a resin will work for your project?
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2. What are the pot time, cure time, minimum, and maximum mixing amounts for my resin?
Why does this matter? These numbers will let you know:
*Pot time = how much time you have to use the resin before it starts curing.
*Cure time = how long it takes for your resin to solidify.
*Minimum and maximum mixing amounts = Mix an amount between these two numbers to make sure your resin cures.
You want to be sure the resin will fit your project needs. These numbers will also make it easier to compare resin types.
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3. What is the resin’s shelf life?
Epoxies generally have a shelf life of twelve months. Polyesters are usually half of that. Polyurethanes are even shorter. Buy enough resin to use entirely in half of the expected shelf life.
And once you’ve opened the resin, use it within 30 days. After that, the hardener can yellow.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to figure out how much resin you need.
4. Is there anything I shouldn’t do with this resin?
Anyone who tells you there isn’t anything you shouldn’t do with this resin is either clueless or unethical.
Clueless because they don’t know their product. Unethical because they’re more interested in making a sale instead of helping you make something beautiful.
⭐️ BONUS: And trust me when I say I know a good way to make a resin mess. In fact, I know 10 different ways to make a resin mess.
5. Is this resin appropriate for my skill level?
This question applies to you resin beginners. You should start with an epoxy resin. Don’t start with polyurethane or polyester resins. They’re more complicated to measure and mix. It’s also trickier to use them before the pot time expires.
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6. If this is my first time using this resin, can I try a small amount first?
You might be in love with this resin, but don’t commit to forever just yet. Only buy a small resin kit to start. If it works for what you want, then buy a larger volume to get a better price.
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7. Does this resin conform to ASTM D-4236?
Whoa. What does that even mean?
In a nutshell, if a resin has ‘conforms to ASTM D-4236’ on the label, it means it’s safe to use.
And not all resins have this labeling. (Like 90% of the resins on this site don’t.)
Even if you don’t buy resin at Resin Obsession, please don’t buy resin without this labeling.
Your health and safety aren’t worth the risk.
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8. Do I have access to the safety data sheet (SDS) for this resin?
Oh goodness. More technical stuff? Really? All I want to do is make resin crafts.
And I want to help you do that — safely.
Safety data sheets tell you about the chemicals that you’re using. You’ll learn:
*How to protect yourself when using them
*How to dispose of resin
*Who to call in case of a chemical emergency
And I’m going to say this too…
Any company that won’t give you this information either has something to hide. Or, doesn’t think it’s important for you to have safety information so you can protect yourself while using resin. I would NEVER buy resin where I couldn’t get SDS.
⭐️ BONUS: And by the way, that non-toxic phrase gets thrown around a lot too. Here’s why the phrase non toxic resin is a load of codswallop.
9. What would the company like me to know about this resin?
A company like Resin Obsession, which makes resin for artists (as opposed to boat epoxy), can answer this question faster than a teenager texts juicy gossip.
Each resin has its own quirks and nuances that any experienced resin artist can help you with.
10. How does the company show off this resin?
This is where you can really learn about working with resin. You should be able to get their best tips and tricks on making it shine. If they can’t tell you much, it means they don’t have experience with the epoxy resin. You want to know that you’re going to get awesome technical support should you need it.
So let me be totally honest for a moment.
You’ve been through this entire article, and I can’t thank you enough for reading this far.
If you’re ready to buy resin, I would love the opportunity to help with your resin project. I’ve been a resin artist for more than 17 years and work with a great team of people to provide you with resin for artists.
Not floors. Not boats. Not adhesives.
Consider me your guide to the resin world. I’ll get you from confused to confident. Starting today.
If you’re ready to jump in, you can buy resin supplies.
But, if you aren’t ready to jump in, I get it. You want to make the most of your time and resources. And making something ugly isn’t what you had in mind.
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