FAQs

01.

What makes epoxy resin safe to use?

MAKEART™ Resin is a 100% solids formulation, meaning that it does not contain volatile organic compounds so there are no hazardous vapours. Inhalation of epoxy resins causes no problems as they are not volatile.

Projects involving epoxy resin should not be hazardous to your health. However, mishandling of epoxy resin can lead to health hazards.
The Safety Data Sheets provide accurate information to allow safe handling.

02.

Does yellowing occur to the resin?

MAKEART™ Resin uses UV stabilizers to minimise the harmful effects of UV light on epoxy resins, these stabilisers provide long term UV protection.

03.

What is UV stabilization?

UV stabilisation protects the backbone of the epoxy resin from bond cleavage that occurs when UV light penetrates the coating by absorbing the UV light and converting it to heat.

04.

Is epoxy resin food safe?

Currently been externally tested.

05.

What kind of coverage can I expect?

1 mixed litre of R1330 / H1330 delivers approx 0.60m² depending on surface porosity.

06.

What is the shelf life of epoxy resin

MAKEART™ resin and hardeners will keep for 2 years if kept in original containers at room temperature (15˚C to 32˚C) and out of direct sunlight. Containers should be tightly sealed to prevent moisture absorption.

07.

Can I do a second coat or multiple coats?

Yes, you can do multiple coats.

08.

What safety precautions should I take when using epoxy resin?

Gloves and safety glasses should be used, work in a well ventilated area. Place left over mixed material in a ventilated area and be aware that bulk material can get hot.

09.

Why use a torch with epoxy resin?

Lightly passing a torch over the surface of the mixed material will assist in popping any stubborn bubbles that mixing can trap, this light heating will lower the viscosity and break the surface tension in the bubbles popping them.

10.

Can epoxy resin be tinted?

Tints, pigments and dyes can be added to the system to produce a variety of colours.

11.

What can't I use MAKEART™ epoxy resin on?

MAKEART™ epoxy resin can't be used on pourous surfaces, untreated paper / pictures, and live animals.

12.

Where should I MAKEART™ epoxy resin my piece?

Well ventilated dust free environment, ideally at a constant temperature and humidity.

13.

How do I mix and stir the resin properly?

Use a flat mixing stick to stir the two ingredients together for at least 4 minutes - longer in cooler temperatures. Take care to stir the material slowly, so air entrapment is kept to a minimum.

14.

How do I properly spread MAKEART™ epoxy resin?

MAKEART™ Resin will naturally self-level, however a disposable foam brush or flat surface plastic spreader can be used to assist with spreading the resin.

15.

How do I prepare the surface of my piece for MAKEART™ epoxy resin?

Make sure the surface is level, dry and dust free.

16.

Why should I use stands/support blocks when using resin?

It allows the resin to evenly run off the surface and prevent adhesion to work area.

17.

Is MAKEART™ epoxy resin self-leveling?

Yes

18.

What is the working time (i.e. pot life) of MAKEART™ epoxy resin?

Pot Life - 100g @ 25ºC (in air) = 55 Minutes

19.

How long does MAKEART™ epoxy resin coating take to cure?

R1800 Coating:
- 24 hours to Cured to Solid State

- 3 days to Cure to maximum strength

20.

How long does MAKEART™ epoxy resin casting take to cure?

R1805 Shallow Casting:
- 24 hours to Cured to Solid State

- 7 days to Cure to maximum strength

R1810 Deep Casting:
- 72 hours to Cured to Solid State

- 7 days to Cure to maximum strength

21.

How do I get MAKEART™ epoxy resin to dry faster?

You can increase the ambient temperature but be aware of too much or uneven artificial heating as it can create surface imperfections.

22.

How can I thin out the MAKEART™ epoxy resin mixture?

It is not recommended to thin the epoxy as it has been formulated to have the optimum viscosity for the application.

23.

How do I get rid of bubbles?

Air bubbles may form on the surface. Air Bubble release is greatly enhanced by the use of a heat gun or gas torch. Hold the torch 15 cm - 20 cm away from the surface and sweep the torch continuously across the surface for a few seconds. If the flame is held in one spot it will distort the surface or may cause damage to the substrate.

Take care when using alcohol based inks or pigments.

24.

What casting resin should I use for a timber river table?

The shallow casting resin is recommended for river tables.

The desired thickness is achieved by layering the resin. For large castings it is recommended to cast at 50% of the maximum thickness (10mm). It is recommended to re-coat within the overcoat window, it is best to tack off prior to applying the next layer.

25.

How do I get epoxy resin of my hands and skin?

Do not use Solvent to clean hands. Use soap and water.

Solvents will cause dehydration, increasing the risk of skin cracking, this enabling transport of epoxy under the skin.