For artists the importance of Epoxy resin and other art supplies cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, gaining some tips that can save your money in purchasing new products or art supplies because you didn’t know a better form of maintenance can be ruining to your profits due to how expensive some art supplies can be these days.
However, one of those art supplies that can be reused is your epoxy resin syringe — though it will require some care requirements to aid reuse. Do not fret, since they are not medical syringes, you do not have to discard them after one use. Extend your Syringe life and use it for multiple more projects by learning and practicing this effective how to clean syringes used for epoxy resin tips once you’ve dispensed your epoxy.
Items you need to clean your Epoxy Resin Syringe
- Protective gloves
- Waterless citrus-based hand sanitizer
- Cotton ball
Tips -Always put on a pair of disposable gloves when dealing with epoxy to avoid skin inflammation and damage. -If you mistakenly get resin on your hands or skin, dissolve and wipe it off gently with a rag immersed in vinegar, or use a waterless citrus-based hand sanitizer. Alternatively, soak a cotton ball in acetone and use it to get rid of resin from your skin as well. Then, ensure that your hands are thoroughly washed afterward and also moisturize the affected area. -Acetone and paint thinner are flammable and harmful when inhaled. Use them in well-ventilated areas away from heat sources or flames. -Solvents work faster when applied while the epoxy resin is still wet.
Steps to Clean Your Syringe
Empty your Syringe by plunging
Firstly, when cleaning your syringe start by emptying it. To do this, push the plunger into in the barrel, it will eject almost all of the resin out and make cleaning it a lot easier. Set the resin aside to dry before discarding it.
Next, take wipe away excess resin while still wet with a paper towel and then eject the epoxy onto a sheet of parchment or wax paper and let it harden before discarding it.
Fill up the barrel with solvent.
To do this, replace the plunger and draw in a solvent solution through the needle, such as isopropyl alcohol, acetone, or distilled white vinegar by pulling the plunger back to draw in liquid until the barrel is full.
Allow the resin stand in the syringe for about 30 – 45 seconds, while giving it a light shake, this will help loosen the resin. Some syringes do not have removable plungers while some are too small to clean inside. Ensure that only the inner part of the barrel and needle are exposed to the solvent, to preserve its lifespan.
Expel the solvent and resin
Push the plunger in, to empty the barrel of solvent and epoxy resin. Expel the solvent by pressing the plunger quickly to apply enough pressure and discard them appropriately based on the type of solvent. Repeat the process above at least twice for better results. Use fresh, unused solvent each time to ensure any remaining epoxy will be properly dissolved, shake and flush before you rinse the syringe out.
With the needle, draw in hot, soapy water to rinse the solvent. Shake to swish the water around and collect any left solvent or resin residue. Eject your used water through the needle and repeat twice or more with fresh water each time to thoroughly clean it.
Next, Use plain clean water for your final rinse to remove soap residue and all traces of solvent as prolonged exposure can damage the syringe.
Unclog the needle
Use a solvent or cleaning wire to remove dried resin from the needle or flush the needle with solvent. You may have to remove the plunger and pour solvent into the barrel from the other end.
Air dry the syringe
Allow the syringe to air dry thoroughly before you use it again. Preferably dislodge the components of your syringe and lay them individually on a clean cloth to dry faster.