Can You Paint Resin?

There are many pros and cons to painting on resin. One of the main reasons why you might want to do this is because it has a smooth effect, which is great for applying a very seamless coat of paint. You can also sand and transform resin, which is what makes it so versatile as a material.

Can You Paint Resin?

Another great reason for painting on resin is that you can change your mind once you’ve done it. Not only can you scrape off the top layer of paint and start again, but you can also get the original layer of paint off without damaging the original coating of resin.

So what is the best method of painting resin? What are the right paints to have? What is the right procedure for painting on resin? How many times can you paint resin? How can you remove the original layer of paint?

Well, if you are scratching your head regarding painting over this surface, then we would suggest that you keep reading. We’ll also give you a handy how-to guide to painting on resin, how best to do it and how best to remove it if you need to at a later date.

Painting On Resin – The Full Story

One of the best things about painting on the resin is the fact that you can apply and remove the paint easily at a later date. This is one of the best things about resin is its malleability. You can shave off the paint later on and apply a new coat.

You can also get perfectly straight edges on a straight object by applying masking tape to the surface of your object first. You can then remove the tape without causing any superficial damage to your resin.

Benefits Of Painting On Resin

Painting on the resin is very easy and hassle-free. It is not like painting on wood in that you’ll need to commit to one color before painting. You can simply and easily remove resin at a later date if you need to.

Best Kind Of Paint For Resin

We would recommend that you use acrylic paint on your resin, as this will apply perfectly to the surface. However, we would recommend that you add your base layer first and allow it to dry.

Once this is done, you can then paint your top layer coat on your resin object. This will give you a nice thick and seamless finish.

How To Paint On Resin

How To Paint On Resin

Now we’ll give you a handy how-to guide for painting on resin. If you follow these instructions, then you can assure yourself a professional and clean finish to your resin object.

Clean The Surface

You should take some soap and water and apply it to your resin artifact or object. You’ll need to make sure that there are no scratches on your resin object, as the resin is a material that can be easily scratched.

Cleaning the resin will also remove any of the after-effects of your resin casting process. Sometimes you can be left with some scuff marks or even some blobs of unwanted resin.


If there are any residual globs of resin, then you should make sure to cut these out with a knife. Once this is done, then you should sand down the nubs until the surface of your resin is completely smooth. If you are using a mold, then you will see that the resin cast usually comes in two halves.

We would recommend using 800-grit sandpaper to wear down the surface of your resin until it is nice and smooth.

How To Fill The Holes

Find if there are any holes in your resin and fill them with epoxy putty. Once the putty has filled the holes and you’ve allowed it to dry, then we would suggest that you sand it down again with 600-grit sandpaper.


Using acrylic paint, we would suggest simply applying the paint to the surface of your resin object. However, before you do this, we would recommend using a base coat first. This will allow the second coat to adhere more strictly to the surface of your resin.

The base layer will also ensure that the final paint job will look a lot smoother. You’ll want to avoid unsightly lumps and bumps on your final resin object.

Protect With Varnish

To ensure that the paint does not flake off, we would recommend applying a spray coating of varnish on your resin. This will stop the paint from chipping and also reduce the amount of discoloration that you might get from leaving your resin in the UV light for longer periods of time.


Primers are what you’ll need to make sure that your final coat is nice and smooth. When you are painting the primer, we would recommend using white as this will give the final coat that brightness as well as being able to mix well with most colors.

Remember: Be Patient

Patience is the number one thing that you’ll need to have with painting resin. This surface is very shiny and paint does not adhere easily to its surface. You should start with the main color that you’ll be using and then add other colors to it as you go along.

Removing Wet Paint

All you need to do to remove your wet paint is by using a damp cloth to dab off any excess paint. If you are going to be layering your paint, then you should make sure that you apply the first layer and then wait for that to dry before applying the second layer.

Each layer of paint should take roughly around 20 minutes to dry. Any sooner and you might find the paint smearing.

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