Cleaning up is never fun but is particularly important to learn to clean epoxy resin tools and cups. It is a great way to save money reduce waste making resin art, jewellery, and crafts.
Our recommendation is always use hard plastic containers to mix your resin. If you use glass or metal containers and don’t clean them correctly in time, you will have to throw them away. Plastic cups are much cheaper and Epoxy resin doesn’t stick to plastic, which makes these the perfect choice.
Method 1 – Wipe the cups and tools
- Wearing glows (ALWAYS!!!) Wipe off solid surfaces with a paper towel. Clean up as much as you possibly can while the resin is still wet. Get the trash close and put the soiled towel in trash right away. Wipe out as much resin you can and NEVER pour left over resin down the sink!!!
- After you wiped them out, its time to pour a little rubbing alcohol or acetone on a paper towel to wipe away any resin that may remain in your mixing container. You can also use spray bottle and wait a moment for the alcohol to break it down and after cleaning with a paper towel. Repeat until you feel the resin has been removed.
- If you decide to use acetone, please remember that nitrile gloves will only last around 5 minutes.
- After you are sure all resin has been removed, just wash your cups and resin tools in hot water with soap. Let them dry and start planning your next project.
Method 2 – Let the resin dry and after peel. The most environmentally friendly method and the easiest
- Lay wax paper or use a silicon mat to protect the area
- Tip your mixing container over and any excess resin will pool out
- Wait until the resin cured and simply peel it off the work surface and pull the dried resin our of the mixing container
- Discard the peeled resin pieces into the trash
- Wash after in hot, soapy water
- NEVER pour leftover resin down the drain
- ALWAYS wear gloves when using solvent. They work great in breaking down the resin, they will also enable your skin to absorb the resin. If get resin on your hands, only use hot water and soap to wash it down.