The market today has many coloring media for artistic and crafting work, though not many are appropriate for coloring resin. The reason many of them don’t qualify is due to water in the inks. Water messes with the mass of the pigmentation, which changes the mixing ratio, so hardening becomes an issue. Another crucial criterion is light resistance.
Tips for Coloring Epoxy Resin
Follow the following tips if you want to avoid unforeseen effects caused by faults in the mixing ratio between the hardener and resin.
- To avoid negatively messing the mixing ratio, use highly concentrated paints with more pigmentation
- Avoid paints that contain water at all costs
- Always have a pre-test with a small amount of resin to check if the color and resin reaction meet your expectations
- The UV protection is not removed by coloring your resin. However, yellowing caused due to lack of UV protection is less noticeable with colored resin than with transparent resin. The lack of protection can, however, cause the color shade to change.
- To determine the extent with which you are to use the additional color, you should process the resin uncolored first. This helps you know the specific properties and handling of your resin.
The inks stated below have been proven to be used with all epoxy coloring products.
Color pigments are among the safest ways to color your resin. When used in the right quality, you will need a very insignificant amount to complete your job.
Blended Epoxy Color pigments have the following advantages:
- Non-toxic and minimal odor
- Perfect for even and solid colors
- Can produce customized colors when mixed
Color pigmentation in powder form does not completely dissolve, which is somewhat an advantage for you. The result is a stimulating, mildly granular optical effect that is a sight to behold.
A liquid color concentrate easily mixes with resin and completely dissolves, resulting in an amazing even color.
- Paste-like Consistency Epoxy Resin Colors
Various liquid colorants are specifically designed to be mixed with resin. They are also very suitable for dyeing your floor, paintings, walls, and other surfaces. Among the best-blended epoxy-colors in Richmond TX is the ResinTint Liquid Pigment Set from ArtResin (manufacturer). It is handsomely saturated and perfectly blends with all resin types.
Acrylic is another type of color blend containing water, binders, and many more additives for durability, depending on different manufacturers and brands.
We do not recommend using acrylic paint for blending epoxy colors. This is because the additives and water present have unpleasant after-results that are unforeseen. With this type of paint, you often get streaks or dull surfaces.
Inks are mostly water-based, although alcohol inks are also available. They all provide heavy pigmentation, where only a few drops of the liquid are essential to color the epoxy resin. Alcohol is, however, extra light and may not be suitable for outdoor floors and painting. Alcohol inks are highly concentrated and transparent.
If you are to go with Airbrush Paint, you have to keep upon high-quality products. This is because here is where color concentration is high, sufficient for smooth blending with epoxy resin. Airbrush Paint has proven to be among the most suitable combination for epoxy resin. A preferable product is airbrush colors by Aerosol from Schmincke.
Oil paints are unsuitable for blending with epoxy resins. These liquidsbarelymix, resulting in unexpected lump formation.
E-tech Houston doesn’t recommend using watercolors as a blend with epoxy resin. The reason, low pigmentation. The colors don’t provide enough color, so a massive amount is needed to achieve the desired coloration. Plus, due to the hard consistency, you cannot mix in the paints for a blended epoxy coloring.
Color Pigments andPowdery Additives
There is a variety of color pigments versions available, including normal pigments, matte colors, and shimmering metallic pigments. Colored pigments are much preferred because they are highly light-resistant and do not quickly fade.
Youwant blended epoxy colors with glowing pigments if you like an extra-wow effect that illuminates in the dark. They are of two types: UV charged ones that glow after exposure to UV light, and those that glow in blacklight.
Glitter powder creates exciting special effects with broad variations. There are no limits to what you can achieve with these, from metallic glitters to holographic glitters and more. Glitter powder doesn’t color your casting resin. However, it gives yourwork anexcellent finish.