I have been on a resin kick lately—I love it! I’ve been sealing my paintings primarily with Polycrilic, I really enjoy using a product that gives my pieces a glassy, brilliant finish, and I’ve noticed a definite uptick in sales since I started sealing coasters and paintings with resin.
I’ve seen a lot of acrylic pour artists suggest Pro Marine Supplies resin, so I ordered a half gallon set and waited impatiently for its arrival!
Supplies I used
Pro Marine Supplies Resin
Pro Marine resin is a two part resin system; it consists of the resin, Part A, and hardener, Part B. I ordered a half gallon set which yields a gallon of resin.
Pro Marine resin has very specific instructions for use—instructions you definitely should not ignore. Exact measurements and temperature adherence can be tedious, but you are pretty much guaranteed a failed final product if you don’t take the time to follow the directions properly.
First, be sure that you are working in an area that is at least 75 degrees. Working in temperatures even slightly cooler than this will result in a thick, difficult to work with product that may not set properly, which will result in an uneven finish.
Next, you’ll want to have cups that you can measure with accurately. Since Pro Marine resin is a two-part system that’s mixed at a 1:1 ratio, it is very important that you have exactly equal measurements. If you have unequal parts, the resin and hardener will not combine equally which will result in a mixture that cannot cure.
After you’ve measured the two parts, pour Part A (the resin) into Part B (the hardener). Then, mix the two parts together smoothly, with deliberate motions; I did this using a broad popsicle stick. You’ll want to mix this initial mixture for at least three minutes. After the three minutes are up, pour the mixture into a clean cup or container and mix again for three to five minutes.
Pro Marine is very specific on this second part—mixing the second time for more than five minutes can result in a hot, smoking resin. Personally, I didn’t think this sounded like a ton of fun, so I stuck with three minutes, which worked perfectly!
Once you’ve done your mixing, you’re ready to apply the resin to your desired piece. I like to pour the resin directly on the surface and then tilt the canvas or tile until the resin has completely coated the top and sides. Then, I use a popsicle stick to even out any unruly areas.
Finally, you’re ready to walk away and let your masterpiece cure! I did not move the coasters I sealed with Pro Marine resin for about 24 hours; then, I set them on my drying rack and did not touch them for an additional 48 hours. After 72 total hours of cure time, those coasters had a glassy, even shine with no imperfections and it was absolutely crystal clear.
Pro Marine Supplies resin is only the second resin I’ve experimented with (the first being Rust-Oleum Parks Super Glaze), and I think it’s a great product for the price. Unlike Super Glaze, Pro Marine has a shorter work-with time; I noticed that it was becoming too thick to work with after about 10 minutes, versus 20 minutes with Super Glaze. Because of the shorter work-with time, be sure to plan ahead and mix the appropriate amount first.
Any bubbles present after pouring the resin quickly dispersed with a light sweep of a torch, and honestly, there was not a single flaw visible in the final product. I am very impressed with this brand and would heartily recommend it for anyone looking for a superior, easy to work with and affordable resin.