How long does Craft Resin take to cure?
Craft Resin cure time is about 24 hours: this refers to the period of time it takes for the product to go through the chemical reaction that takes it from a liquid to a solid.
After about 24 hours, Craft Resin will be at about a 95% solidity rate: at this point, it will be hard to the touch and you can hang your artwork on the wall. Craft Resin is fully cured over the next 2 days, when curing reaches the 72 hours mark. At this point (depending on the thickness of your project) you can go ahead and package and ship your artwork without risk of damaging the resin surface.
Craft Resin epoxy resin is very firm and hard once cured and is heat resistant and scratch resistant.
What is the working time of Craft Resin?
The working time of Craft Resin epoxy resin ( also called the pot life or open time ) is about 45 minutes. This is how long you have to work with the resin before curing sets in and it becomes too stiff to manipulate. You're best to apply the resin as soon as it has been thoroughly mixed for 3 minutes.
TIP: The working time can be affected by heat: if you've put the resin in a warm water bath or if you're working in a warm environment, the working time will be decreased by about 10-15 minutes. The cure time may also be decreased.
How to dry faster?
Craft Resin is dry to the touch within 24 hours, and fully cured within 72 hours.
Say, however, you have a big show coming up and you've left it too late to pour your resin. Now you need it to dry ASAP so your artwork can be hung on time!
Can you reduce Craft Resin's cure time? Yes!
It IS possible to make epoxy resin dry faster, using heat.
Here are some tips on WHAT TO DO and what NOT to do to get Craft Resin to cure more quickly.
What To Do To Speed Up Craft Resin's Cure Time: Increase the temperature. The ideal temperature for curing Craft Resin to 75-85ºF / 24-30ºC. Cure time is affected by temperature, warmer temperatures facilitate curing and colder temperatures slow curing.
Place a space heater or heat lamp near your piece to encourage the resin to cure faster.
Keep in mind that our recommendation of a 72hr cure time is based on a 1/4" layer. The thicker the layers are the longer the cure time will be. It could take up to 10 days for a full cure, depending on how many layers you've poured.
We'll be talking about layers in a later edition of our guides, if you would like more information about this now, please visit the learn section on our website and search layers: