How to Fix Fish Eyes in Resin
If your resin piece has fish eyes, you may wonder how to fix them. You’ll need to know the reason for the eyes and how to remove them. Fish eyes can often form in resin almost as soon as it is applied. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps to solve this problem. First, you need to clean the affected area with a clean paper towel. This will remove any contaminants or dirt from the resin and help the piece lay down evenly.
The most common reason fish eyes appear after applying a seal coating is poor surface preparation. Many resins contain silicone, and silicone is difficult to remove using standard washing machine cycles. Fortunately, some anti-wax chemicals can help. To thoroughly clean the surface, you can also use a Defoamer. Use a nonlint cloth to avoid recontamination. After cleaning, wipe the workpiece with a clean towel.
If you don’t wish to remove the whole piece, you can test a small area with the new resin. It may have a few flakes or hairs, which you can remove with a toothpick or tweezers. Once the resin has cured, you can sand it down to remove any excess material and then apply a topcoat. This should fix the problem for you!
Another problem that occurs when you work with resin is that there are white spots in the resin. If the resin is white, something is leaching. The spots will not be removed by sanding. Heat will not make them disappear, and resorcinol will not work. Epoxy is the best option. However, be sure to use a resin calculator to get an accurate amount. If you are unsure about the amount of epoxy required, make a small hole in the material and let it flow for a few moments.
Fisheyes can also be caused by contamination of the basecoat. These contaminants prevent the epoxy resin from curing flat and smooth. Therefore, the basecoat must be thoroughly cleaned before applying the epoxy coating. Typically, fisheyes are caused by contaminants in the substrate, such as oil or wax, in small amounts. You can either remove the contaminants or apply a mist coating to fix fisheyes. If you don’t want to spend money on the mist coat, a basecoat is the best choice.
If you don’t want to purchase a new piece of resin, you can try to fix fish eyes in resin using a homemade remedy. If you are familiar with resin, it is easy to make epoxy repairs yourself. Repairing fish eyes takes less than an hour and is well worth the effort. You will get a better looking piece of resin. This technique should solve your fish eye problem.