Canvas photo cast in crystal clear epoxy!

You have a beautiful photo on a canvas background. To protect the photo from scratches and weather influences (such as yellowing from UV light), you can finish it with a crystal-clear layer of epoxy resin. With our epoxy photo resin, this is a fairly easy job. In this article, we explain step by step how to get a deep gloss in your canvas photo!

Tools and supplies:

For the photo on canvas below, we used the following materials:

Step 1: Preparation

To get started, make sure you prepare the workshop for working with epoxy. For example, you can easily cover the surface (the ground you will be working on) with rubbish bags, for example. Next, place the canvas photo on a table with such support that the canvas does not touch the table and is level. If the photo is not level, it will be difficult to spread the epoxy properly over the canvas.

Canvas foto op steunen

Step 2: Check the epoxy resin

Before moving on to making the epoxy resin, it is important to check that the base resin (component A) is crystal clear. If you store the epoxy photo resin too cold, it may crystallise. Fortunately, this is not a problem and can be easily solved by first putting the epoxy in warm water (about 40℃) until the epoxy becomes clear in colour. Make sure no water gets to the resin! When the resin is clear again, you can let it cool down to 20 a 25℃.

Kleur foto epoxy component A

Step 3: Weigh the epoxy

The next step is preparing the epoxy resin. Epoxy is a sensitive product when it comes to mixing ratio and the mixing process. If you make mistakes in this step, chances are that the end result will not be to your liking. We therefore always recommend that you use a scale and weigh both components carefully. The mixing ratio of RESION UV Resin Art Epoxy is 2 to 1. This means that for every 100 grams of epoxy (A), you need to add 50 grams of hardener (B). In the photo below, we have poured 500 grams of resin and 250 grams of resin into a mixing cup.

Tip: while working with epoxy, always use nitrile gloves to avoid skin contact.

Afwegen hars en verharder

Step 4: Mix the epoxy

After carefully weighing both components, you can now start mixing the epoxy. We recommend doing this thoroughly for 2 to 4 minutes. Remember to include the edges and the bottom of the mixing cup while mixing. To be sure, you can pour the epoxy into a new mixing cup to mix the resin for a few more minutes.


Step 5: Pour the epoxy over the canvas 

In this step, we are going to pour the epoxy over the canvas. We recommend starting pouring in the middle of the canvas. After pouring you can easily spread the epoxy resin over the canvas using a mixing spatula or laminating spatula. We recommend pouring in stages. For example, you can pour 200 grams of resin each time and then spread it. 


Step 6: Vent with a mini gas burner

Once you have spread the resin across the picture, it will probably look a little cloudy with lots of air bubbles in the resin. This is when the mini gas burner comes in handy. After a few minutes, by 'waving' the burner over the photo at a height of about 15 cm, the air bubbles will disappear. You will now see that the resin on the photo becomes clearer and clearer. This is because the heat of the burner pushes the air bubbles upwards, so to speak, making the bubbles disappear.

If air bubbles still remain after the first 'venting', you can repeat this step after about 10 minutes.

Tip: do not aim the burner at one spot for too long. Otherwise the resin will become too hot and it will affect the final result.


Step 7: Finish the edges

If you have done the above steps properly, you will see that the surface becomes more and more beautiful and bright! You can easily smooth out dripping epoxy with a flat brush.

Randen afwerken

Final result

After you have gone through the 7 steps above, you can let the epoxy cure. Full curing takes about 3-5 days. You have now finished your canvas with crystal clear epoxy! The result should look like this:

Eindresultaat 1

Eindresultaat 2

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