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How to Remove Resin from Your Hands: The Complete, Simple Method

We have all been there. You’re in the middle of a project and you need to use resin, but it’s not looking like you will be able to get your hands off without getting sticky. With this blog post, I’m going to show you how I got my hands clean after using resin so that it doesn’t happen again! Read on for more information about how to get resins off your hands and other tips for working with resin.

What are Resin and Flux?

Resin is like very sticky glue; it can stick to the inside of fingers and on stuff it comes in contact with. Flux is the colorant used to make resin easily distinguishable from traditional paint. It’s found in concentrations of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, or other percentages. Flux is added to formaldehyde, and formaldehyde is often added to a solution of epoxy resin to make it harder to wash off of anything the resin has touched. Formaldehyde is the deadliest known substance to man! If you don’t want to keep on reading, skip this paragraph. Resin is made in two different ways. One is called wet forging, and the other is called dry forging. Wet forging has water and sand mixed into the resin, and wet forging requires a die to compress the material into a shape, such as a mold.

The Best Way to Get Resin Off Your Hands

The best way to remove resin from your hands is to rinse and clean them first. Step 1: Soak Your Hands Like so many folks who use resin regularly, I’m afraid of getting my hands too sticky or too oily. This causes me to have issues using resin at all. If you’ve ever used a Dremel or any other powerful motor to remove resin, you know what I mean. The Dremel and its workholding tools can make the work really sticky, which makes my hands stickier, and the resin stickier still. This makes it impossible to use resin at all or get any resin out of my hands without much effort. So I finally figured out the best way to get resin off my hands.

Cleaning Products for Silicone and Polymer Clay

Silicone Resin The best way to clean resins is by adding a small amount of soap and water to a shallow container and allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes. I’ve heard the old adage, “Cleaning Silicone Stains with baking soda and water,” so I just went ahead and used a mix of baking soda and water, and while it worked well to scrub off the stains, I ended up using the same exact mixture to clean my fingers, fingers, toes, and hair! You could just substitute the baking soda and water for the “dish detergent” solution that we discussed in the Refreshingly Clean Silicone Removal Guide. 
Please note: The baking soda will dissolve the silicone resin, while the “dish detergent” just keeps the silicone resin stuck to the pot.

Resin Remover Spray

I really like Maker’s Mark Resin Remover Spray. It’s cheap, but strong and works very well. After trying this spray, I couldn’t get my hands on enough resin for another resin-related project, so it made my job much easier. Make sure to purchase the clear can to avoid having to buy one of each color you need. Plastic gloves It’s also useful to have good quality plastic gloves. The nice thing about these gloves is that they don’t cover the hands. As you can see in the picture above, they’ll protect your fingers, but they’ll also protect your equipment. I prefer the kinds that have a wider, not quite palm-sized hand for better dexterity. For the money, these gloves are a good deal. I use them when I’m dealing with glass or other difficult materials, and I always have them handy.

Other Cleaning Methods

Other options for getting resin off your hands include using a commercial resin removal product, chemical remover, or washing your hands with soap and water. And, if you have the time, these cleaning methods may be useful, especially for medium to large quantities of resin. However, some of these methods require or at least strongly suggest that you hire a professional to help you get rid of the residue. Cleaning Resins Before you try any of these techniques, though, take a look at the most important piece of information about handling resin: resins are not actually able to be removed by liquid, rather they have to be removed chemically. The process of removing resin that is normally used for show dyes, enamels, and sealants can vary.

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