Frequently asked questions
How long will my resin last?
Our resin is freshly packed and should generally last many months if unopened and kept at normal room temperature.
What types of resins do you supply?
We supply mainly ‘Epoxy Resin’ and ‘Polyurethane Resin’ as two part (resin on one side and hardener on the adjoining side). The Epoxy resin ratio is 1:1 and for Polyurethane, it is 2:1. You must therefore use the correct plunger in the application gun for the appropriate resin (Please see images below).
If I only use part of the resin, can I keep the rest for later use?
Yes, providing you carefully wipe the stopper and lock it firmly back into place so no air can get inside the resin cartridge. Also, you MUST use a fresh nozzle as the old nozzle would have hardened.
How many decals can I dome with one 50ml resin cartridge?
We recently domed 132 decals with just one 50ml epoxy resin cartridge. We domed different shapes and sizes consisting of: 78 of x 23mm x 12mm, 32 x 16mm diameter and 22 x 25mm diameter, which works out to about just 4.5p per dome, or thereabout.
What is the difference between Epoxy and Polyurethane Resin?
Epoxy resin is mainly used for promotional products as they are not subject to UV light (sunlight) constantly all day. Also, epoxy resin is not moisture sensitive -
Epoxy resin cannot be used for permanent outdoor use (eg car badges) and constant UV light from the sun will yellow the clear dome over a period of time. In such cases, you must use polyurethane resin which will withstand UV light to a greater degree. However, whilst the polyurethane resin may withstand outdoor UV light, your normal print media and inks will not! To give outdoor longevity, your printed items, to be domed, must be printed using a solvent based printer onto self-
It may also interest you to know that you can actually apply doming resin directly
onto cutout self-
Another drawback of polyurethane resin is that it attracts moisture and the shelf
life is therefore much shorter than that of epoxy resin. Sometimes, the moisture
will create tiny bubbles, which may disappear briefly once you have used a ‘bubble
removing gun’ (an optional extra) -
It is for these reasons why we strongly recommend our epoxy resin, where possible.
How long does it take for the resin to cure (harden)?
At temperature of about 22 degrees centigrade, the resin will normally take between 20-
Can I print onto any type of print media?
No, you have to print onto our special quality non-
You cannot apply resin to normal paper types of labels as the resin will ‘sink’ into the paper (as opposed to ‘floating’ on our non-
Yes we do! We supply resins, print media, cutters with optical eye, applications hand guns, bubble removing guns, stacker trays and a good choice of cufflinks, tie slides, badges, bottle openers, key fobs etc. They are designed to accept your domes easily.
Can I use any cutter/plotter for cutting our decals?
You can as long as it has ‘optical eye’ for detecting registration marks. Our Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait cutters some with ‘optical eye’ as standard.
With doming, you need to import images from your files into the cutter’s very own software. You need to select registration marks, create cut lines on top of your designs (using simple cutline tools within the software). For each shape or size, you only need to do this once and you can then copy and paste as many times as you like depending on the number of domes you wish to produce.
Once this has been achieved, you simply send it to print using your own inkjet printer.
Print at the highest quality, selecting ‘glossy vinyl media’ (or something to this
effect) for optimum results.
Once printed, send to the plotter/cutter, ready for cutting. For full explanation and to see step-
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We sell two types of plungers to go with our application handgun.
Applicator handgun shown with optional resin cartridge
This image shows a 1:1 ratio resin cartridge