Pro Tips | Working with Resin
1. Always wear gloves
When working with resin, it's important to protect your skin. Resin is almost impossible to get off your skin; the only way to remove it is to wash your hands with acetone, which is not good for your skin. You can also develop allergies to the resin and acetone.
2. Always work in a well-ventilated area
If you are working with resin for the first time, read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the resin you are using. The SDS can be found on each resin’s product page. Some resins require a ventilator to work with. If you are working indoors, make sure you have a window open nearby and a fan blowing out of the window. When working with resin, if you start to feel light-headed, dizzy, or nauseous, leave the area and get some fresh air.
3. Measure your mold
You can calculate the volume of your mold by measuring the height (H), the width (W), and the length (L), then use the formula V = L × W × H. To turn that value into a liquid volume, use this formula for feet: 1 ft3 = 7.48052 gallons, and for meters, use: 1m3 = 264.172 gallons. If you aren't great at math or a mold is hard to measure, you can use water to fill your mold to find your mold's volume. Be sure to dry your mold before you pour the resin.
4. Watch the temperature
Most resins work best between 72°f to 75°f. Before you start your project, make sure your work area is in this range and bring the resin into the work area and let it acclimate to the temperature for an hour or so before you begin working. Keep the work area at a stable temperature while you are working and while the resin is curing.
5. Clean your tools
For the best results, make sure you are working with clean tools. Use compressed air to remove dust and debris. Use acetone to remove old resin and grease from tools and from your working area.
We are just scratching the surface with these tips. If you have any questions about them or other projects, give us a call at (909) 923-2200.
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