Making resin crafts is so fun. The adventures that are waiting for you when you open resin kit bottles are endless. But before getting into the fun stuff, there are resin safety steps you need to take.
And these are practical tips. No dumb warning labels here. 😉
#1: Have good ventilation
Make sure there is air circulating in your room. Open a window or use a fan if you can.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s what proper room ventilation means to me.
#2: Wear disposable gloves
Since resin contains chemicals, you need to protect your hands against anything irritating. I prefer nitrile gloves since they are less likely to react with the resin, but You can use latex gloves too.
💡 Pro tip: If you have sensitive skin, coat your hands with a barrier cream before putting on the gloves.
#3: Wear protective clothing
Resin can soak through clothing and irritate your skin. Resin drips will not come out of clothing. Or shoes. Especially your favorite shoes.
#4: Name items as resin only
You can use silicone baking molds with epoxy resin. But once you do, you shouldn’t use them with food again. The same goes for mixing containers and utensils.
#5: Wear a respirator?
A product safety data sheet (SDS) will detail whether you should wear a respirator when using the resin. But, if you feel safer wearing one, even if the SDS does not suggest it, do it. You can never be too safe.
Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator for fumes, and make sure it fits properly. An N95 mask is not suitable as a resin fumes mask.
💡 Pro tip: Don’t use a resin that doesn’t have an SDS. Your health isn’t worth the risk.
#6: Wear safety goggles?
If a resin requires respirator use, you need to wear safety glasses. You should also wear these if you are sanding resin or using power tools. Or if you want to look like a resin nerd.
#7: Clean up spills immediately
I get it. You’ve mixed things up and your resin is getting warm. You don’t have time to stop and clean up a spill. But, you don’t want to risk the safety of an unknowing person to get resin on themselves.
Plus, it will be harder to clean up later when it starts to cure.
⭐️ BONUS: How to clean up resin
#8: When sanding resin, wear a particle mask or respirator
For hand sanding, you can wear a particle mask from the home improvement store. If you’re using power tools to sand, you must wear a respirator with particle cartridges.
💡 Pro tip: You can wear the same respirator but change out the cartridges depending on what resin sanding you’re doing.
#9: Use care with solvents
Solvents are chemicals too. What happens when you mix chemicals together? (Anyone else having flashbacks to high school chemistry class? 😬)
You can use denatured alcohol or acetone to clean up resin on a hard surface. But don’t use these on your hands. They can cause a skin rash.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s the safe way to clean resin off your hands.
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