Pourable liquid plastic resin allows you to create professional countertops, tabletops and even independent objects using specialty molds. Liquid plastic resin involves combining liquid resin with a catalyst or hardener. The most popular types of liquid resin involve a mixture that contains equal parts of resin and hardener to take the guesswork out of mixing. Once you have mixed the two components, the resin undergoes a chemical reaction that creates a durable, hard surface.
Things You'll Need
- Two-part epoxy resin
- Measuring cups
- Wooden craft stick
- Plastic straw
- Protective disposable gloves
Place protective disposable gloves on your hands before beginning the mix-and-pour process. Protective gloves will keep your hands covered in the event of spills or drips, which can cause irritation to your skin.
Mix equal parts of liquid resin and hardener in a disposable plastic measuring cup. Ensure that you mix equal amounts of both the hardener and the resin, as an imbalance will result in an unstable cure.
Mix the resin and hardener together by stirring with a wooden craft stick. Stir with your mixing stick for two full minutes to ensure the resin and hardener are fully mixed. If the resin and hardener are not fully mixed, the resin will not cure properly.
Pour the resin onto the surface you wish to cover or mold you wish to fill. Allow the resin to drain from the cup while scraping the sides of the cup with your wooden craft stick.
Allow the resin to level as you pour. The resin will spread slowly and level itself, covering as much of the area as it possibly can.
Remove any air bubbles from the poured resin by blowing air through a straw over the bubble. The heat of your breath applied directly to the bubble will cause it to pop.
Allow the resin to dry for at least 24 hours before touching or testing the resin. When pouring over furniture or a table, allow the resin to sit for 72 hours before setting objects on the resin.
Tips & Warnings
- Ensure that the room in which you are doing your resin work is properly ventilated as the chemical reaction does release some fumes.
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