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Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting on Tumblers

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting on Tumblers

Mar 18th 2020

Are you just staring out, and learning everything there is to know about using resin on tumblers? Maybe you are looking to gather more information on how the process works before diving head-first into a project?

If so, you’re in the right place! In this blog, we will be going over the best application practices for applying resin to a tumbler. As well as troubleshooting some common issues when applying resin to a tumbler. We will go over how you can prevent these issues in the future! Our Faux Rizzle UV Resin will work well for tumblers as they are scratch resistant, heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit of indirect heat, UV resistant, zero VOC (volatile organic compound), and FDA compliant. This means that it is food safe. With all of these perks, our Faux Rizzle resins are perfect to use on your next tumbler!

Before creating tumblers with our resin, there are some key facts you must know before mixing your first coat. There are different factors that can affect your process, and how your tumbler will look in the end. The different factors include:

  • Time and temperature are two very important factors while working with resin, that often work hand-in-hand. These factors can affect the curing process of your resin if they aren’t precise. For example, if the temperature of your resin is too hot, this can cut down the working time that you have with the resin. It also may cause the resin to flash cure as well. In addition, timing is very important to ensure that your mixing process goes smoothly. For example, if you don’t mix for the full amount of time as the instructions state, the resin might not be fully mixed when you pour it onto your piece, which can cause your piece to have soft spots or be tacky.
  • The type of resin you are working with is another factor that can affect how you apply the resin. Our UV resin and Art Resin have different application processes than our Nouveau resin, therefore you cannot use them exactly the same.
  • How much resin you add to the tumbler can also be a factor, and can affect your tumbler. You will want to ensure that you have enough product to cover your tumbler, so you don’t get any fisheyes or bare spots on your finished piece. Remember: it’s always better to have left-over resin rather than having too little.
  • Mixing ratios can greatly affect how your piece will cure. If the mixing ratio is off or not completely mixed properly, this can cause the resin to remain tacky, or have soft spots. To ensure that you have the proper mixing ratios measured in measuring cups, and to ensure that you are mixing by volume.

All of these tips are very important to keep a close eye on, and you’ll want to ensure that you are following the application process very closely to get the best outcome to your tumbler.

When you are working with our Faux Rizzle Art Resin or our Faux Rizzle Art Resin UV, here are some tips to remember:

  • You will want to ensure the resin itself is in the perfect temperature ranging between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You will want to mix equal parts by volume of Part A and Part B for 3 minutes in one mixing container. Then switch to a clean mixing container and mixing stick, and mix for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Immediately after you finish mixing, you should pour your resin out onto your piece or working area. If the resin is left in the mixing container for too long, this can cause the resin to harden very quickly or flash cure in the mixing container. 
  • With our Faux Rizzle Art Resin, you can use this resin on tumblers with a dark color, however we wouldn't recommend using a light color, such as white. 

In addition, it’s also important to know how to fix or prevent these issues from occurring. Some common issues that can occur can be easily remedied if you know what the issue is. Some of these common issues are:

  • Fisheyes or divots.
    • Fisheyes or divots are generally caused when there is not enough resin on the surface of the project for the resin to self-level. To fix this issue, you will want to ensure you add enough resin to self-level and completely cover your surface.
  • Resin hardened in the mixing container or clumps of hardened resin in your resin.
    • When resin is left in the mixing container for too long, it can begin to overheat and harden, resulting in the resin to flash cure. To prevent this from happening, you will want to ensure that you pour the resin out of the mixing container and onto your piece or a working surface immediately after mixing.
  • Ambering.
    • While rare, if you experience ambering in your resin while in the bottles is due to the UV inhibitors in our resin. Once you combine and mix the two parts of resin, the resin should become clear.
  • Resin not curing or staying tacky.
    • When the resin doesn’t cure properly or remains tacky after allowing for a significant amount of time to cure, there could be a couple of factors causing this issue. Firstly, it could be something as simple as adding two of the same part to your mix instead of equal parts of part A and B. The second being that the resin and hardener weren’t fully mixed together, which could result from not mixing the full amount of time in the mixing instructions or not switching containers half way through. Finally, the third reason could potentially be that the temperature of the resin itself was too low. We recommend working with the resin between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Also ensure that the temperature of the resin doesn’t fall below this range within the first 24 hours after pouring.
  • Lots of bubbles or cloudy.
    • When your resin has lots of bubbles or appears cloudy, this is due to the temperature being too low or the resin being mixed too quickly. Ensure that the temperature of your resin is between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, mix slowly, and mix with a metal or silicone stirring stick to reduce the amount of air bubbles. After you pour your resin, you can use a torch or spray 91% isopropyl alcohol to pop any remaining bubbles.

When you are working with our Nouveau resin on tumblers, here are some tips to remember:

  • If you are using pumps with the Nouveau resin, you will want to fully clean them, both inside and out, with 91% isopropyl alcohol. Allow them to fully dry before placing them into your bottles of resin. If you have already put your pumps in your resin, you can slowly take them out of the bottles, scraping any resin back into the bottle, then clean them with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
  • Allow any spray paint used to fully cure for at least 36 hours before applying your resin
  • You will want to slowly mix equal parts by volume of Part A and Part B for 3 minutes in one mixing container with a non-porous mixing stick. Then switch the mixing container and mixing stick. Mix for an additional 3 minutes.
  • After you finish mixing, allow the resin to heat itself through an exothermic reaction in the mixing container until the resin reaches a consistency similar to honey. You want the temperature to be at about 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit before applying the resin to your tumbler.
  • After you apply the resin, wait 10-15 minutes, then you can use a heat gun to pop any bubbles.

Most importantly to remember, while working with any resin, you will want to ensure: 1) you know the temperature of the resin. 2) Mix the resin at the proper ratio. 3) Follow the mixing instructions of your resin exactly. In addition to the troubleshooting tips above, here are some additional tips when working with our Nouveau resin:

  • Fisheyes, divots, or repelling.
    • To prevent fisheyes, divots, and repelling of your Nouveau resin, the way that you prepare your tumbler before you pour is very important. First, you will want to ensure that you allow any spray paint to cure for 36 hours before applying your resin. Second, you will want to add an mL of resin for every ounce of the tumbler (for example, mix 20 ml for a 20 oz tumbler and 30 ml for a 30 oz tumbler and so on) to ensure you have enough resin for your tumbler. Finally, allow your resin to heat itself to 100 degrees Fahrenheit through exothermic reaction by letting it sit after mixing. You will want to focus more on the texture of the resin rather than the amount of time. You’ll want it to be a thick honey consistency before applying to the tumbler.
  • Lots of bubbles.
    • To help prevent bubbles, you will want to ensure that you mix very slowly with a metal or silicone stirring stick. Once you are finished pouring your resin onto your piece, wait for 10-15 minutes, then use a heat gun to pop any remaining bubbles in your resin.

The most important part of working with resin is to not give up when it may seem tricky! Whether you are a beginner, or have been creating tumblers for a long time, practice is key to working with resin. When you begin working with resin, it may be tricky and you may have many questions. Or you just don’t know where to begin. Our Faux Rizzle customer service team is happy to assist you with any questions you may have. They will love to help you with your next project. You can contact us at: (800) 628-2962 or by email at: info@artresinfauxrizzle.com.

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