Q1 : What is epoxy resin?
Resin is a THICK, glossy, clear & shinny coat. The resin is fluid-like coating that needs to be mixed with a hardener in order to create the strong bonding agent. The resin is mixed with the hardening agent before it is poured onto the artwork. Once it is cured the coating is heat, scratch and water resistant. Because of its durability, it is mainly used as structural or engineering adhesive for boats, automobiles, air crafts, flooring , dentistry and etc.
It is a thermosetting polymer used as strong adhesives, coatings and laminates. Epoxy resin is a viscose fluid that is very tough and rigid after it has been cured. It results in an ultra glossy appearance that can make your canvas prints stand out! Epoxy resins are being used in a variety of ways – from industrial purposes to artistic for its durability and versatility.
Q2 : What is the difference between a resin coating and a varnish?
A resin coating is like varnish, however it is much thicker which acts like an extra protective coating for your artwork, prints or canvases. The cured resin will be heat, water and scratch resistant and it dries very glossy to achieve a translucent effect. Varnishes are also use to protect your artwork but it isn't as durable as the thick resin coating.
Q3 : What can you apply epoxy resin on?
We can apply the epoxy resin on all types of material. Our epoxy services can be added onto any of your canvas prints, original oil and acrylic paintings, posters, photographs and plaque mounts! This coating is very versatile and can be used in many ways. The coating is very rigid and strong when it is dry to keep all your photos, images and artwork looking amazing!
Q4 : What is the recommended amount of resin coating for my photo?
We recommend a 1/16" coating of resin because it is the best amount of coating that will protect your photo, enhance the image quality and protect the artwork. But there is no limit as to how much resin you should apply, please contact us if you are unsure of how much resin your prints require.
Q5 : What is the difference between Polyester Resin and Epoxy Resin?
Polyester resin, although has adhesive qualities, is not as good for bonding as epoxy resin. Polyester resin is made to be a laminating resin usually for fibreglass or in molds. Unlike epoxy resins, polyester resins require a catalyst instead of a hardener which causes them to have a low shelf life because they gel on their own. Polyester resin sets much faster and is less expensive than epoxy resins but epoxy resins are more durable, better bonding agent, more waterproof, and will last much longer which would be better for coating artwork.
Q6 : What Resin Brand are you using?
We use EX-74 which is an extremely clear, tough, high gloss surface coating formulated to produce a deep glass like appearance in a single layer on a sealed surface. EX-74 has been formulated for improved UV resistance to reduce yellowing and surface degradation from UV exposure. EX-74 has an extended "open time" which allows up to 25 minutes in the mixing container at 70º F and up to one hour working time on the surface being coated. Not recommended in freezing climates due to possibility of de-lamination.
EX-74 resists yellowing from UV exposure, but it is not weather resistant and is not recommended for unprotected exterior use.
Q7 : Will it affect my photo?
The epoxy resin will not affect your image. The viscosity of the polymer will sit on top of the canvas and act like a seal. The glossy appearance will also enhance the colors of your image by brightening it up.
Q8 : What images are best for a resin application?
Resin is a good agent for coating and protecting your artwork or photos. However, we recommend resin finishes for colorful photos and artwork because the glossy appearance will enhance the colors of the photo through the way it reflects and retracts light.
Q9 : How long does it last?
The resin we use is highly durable and is resistant against heat and water and insoluble in alcohol. The resin dries very tough and rigid for extra durability to protect your photo. Its formula has improved its UV resistance and surface degradation from UV exposure. Resin is used for many industrial purposes therefore it is very durable; however, it is best to keep it indoors, out of direct sunlight to maintain its longevity.
Q10 : Does it yellow?
Our resin has been enhanced to protect against yellowing from UV exposure, if kept indoors and out of direct sunlight it will last for many years.
Q11 : What are the advantages of epoxy resin?
The resin will seal your canvas and protect them from moisture, heat and physical stress. Most epoxies are used as industrial grade adhesives because of its durability and rigidness, therefore epoxy resin will help protect your canvas for a very long time. The epoxy has a high gloss finish that gives your canvas a glassy look that can also enhance the colours on the image.
Q12 : What are the disadvantages of epoxy resin?
The resin can yellow due to excess exposure to sunlight. Our resin has been improved to resist yellowing from UV light and if kept out of direct sunlight the yellowing would be reduced.
It also is prone to trapping air bubbles or dust. These bubbles usually appear after it has dried and settled. This is very common with resin coating because of its viscous nature. We cannot always guarantee a flawless finish but we always try our best to reduce the amount of interference from environmental elements.
Q13 : How do I clean it?
Epoxy resin is used for boat hauls - it is very waterproof and easy to clean. You man clean it with a damp cloth.
Q14 : What is the turnover time, if I want to get my prints finished with epoxy resin?
Epoxy resin takes at least 24 hours to cure therefore, expect an extra day delay on your orders if you want to get a resin coating on your prints.