How to Use Art Resin and Topcoat 1805

April 1, 2020

Although MAKEART Art Resin and Topcoat 1805 have been formulated for different specific applications, ART RESIN being optimised to accept and “hold” coloured pigments and other additives for multi-layered artworks, and TOPCOAT 1805 to generate a deep gloss finish to imitate a “glass’ finish, the basic mixing and application technique for the two systems are the same. Follow the 5 steps below to create The Perfect Finish.

Wear latex or nitrile gloves to measure equal volume of Part A Resin and Part B Hardener. Pour Part A and Part B into a larger container.

TIP – Use clean plastic containers or wax-free paper containers.

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.
Working time: 45 minutes

TIP – Do not scrape the sides of the mixing container when pouring. It may create soft spots.

The mixture is self-levelling, it may be directly poured or brushed on to a surface. For best results apply at temperatures between 15°C to 30°C and at below 85% humidity.

TIP – Have a stand that is smaller in size than the item to be coated, to allow excess material to drip from the edges.

Air bubbles will form on the surface. Air bubble release is greatly enhanced by the use of a gas torch. Hold the torch 15 cm – 20 cm away from the surface and pass the torch over the surface in a single direction, in a brushing like motion. Do not touch the flame to the surface. Allow 5 minutes for the surface to cool before making a second pass.

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.

TIP – Have a pair of tweezers handy to remove any lint than may have settled on the surface. Once removed the surface will level out.

The Mixed Resin should be cured in a warm, dust-free area. Place a cover or box over the item.
Surface dry : 9 hours
Full Cure: 72 hours

Surface dry: 9 hours
Full Cure: 72 hour