How to attach your resin mouldings
- If the piece you are adhering to is unpainted, make sure it is clean and dry and then adhere the moulding directly onto a flat area.
- If the piece you are adhering to is already painted, just give the area a light key with 120 – 240 Grit sandpaper before applying.
- DO NOT stick directly onto chalk paint. The glue will react with the chalk paint & they will fall off! Always make sure you seal if first, then give a light key & then stick.
What adhesive to use:
Resin Mouldings (non flexible):
- For fast and strong adhesion, use a 2 part epoxy glue. Make sure you key the back of the moulding a little with sandpaper so it’s not a perfectly smooth surface so that the glue can grip. This glue comes in various set times, For longer set times, use tape or a clamp to hold the piece in place while the glue cures.
- Construction adhesive (eg no nails).
- Hot glue gun, though do be careful (have a tub of cold water on hand for dunking if you get glue on your fingers) and make sure you don’t apply too much glue as it can cause bulk behind the moulding. Be sure to use a high quality hot glue as cheap ones can peel off.
- PVA or Wood Glue is great, but you will need to clamp or tape the molding in place until the glue dries.
- For smaller pieces, you can use superglue (cyanoacrylate glue). For larger pieces, this is an expensive option.
- If you are using flexible mouldings on a hard surface, please use the same instructions as for resin mouldings (above).
- When using flexible mouldings on a flexible surface (eg accessories or costume) contact adhesive (such a shoemaker’s glue or barge) or a flexible silicon glue (eg E6000 or clear silicon caulking) is recommended.
Bending you Resin Mouldings
- (Please note – heat is NOT required for our flexible mouldings, which are flexible at any temperature)
- DO NOT TRY TO BEND YOUR RESIN MOULDING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE PACKET! It needs to be warmed up to allow it to become flexible. You can heat in a microwave for a few seconds to soften. *Do not overheat! *
- You can also use a hairdryer to warm it up, and gently mould into desired shape.
- Secure with masking tape whilst cooling, Remove tape when dry, the shape of your applique should now be set.
- Apply 1-2 coats of paint with a soft paint brush after you attach your item to your project. You can also use spray paints too.
- Some may have air bubbles due to heavy details. These can be filled with any type of filler, if needed, before painting. But paint does cover lots of these tiny ones.
- Resin Mouldings (non flexible) may be painted with most types of paint – acrylic, chalk and mineral paint spray paint, and enamels.
- Flexible mouldings – use a high adhesion plastic primer to help paint grip, and if you are using the moulding on a flexible piece (eg costume or accessory) please use the appropriate flexible paint for the task. Acrylics will flex, but for high use areas use a professional paint designed for painting plastics.
- Your mouldings can be used on anything, anywhere, inside or out!! If you wish to use outside, just use exterior glue & paint, or a coat of clear varnish to seal it against the weather.
Fitting Light Switch Surrounds
**Please only attempt to fit your light switch surround if you are confident that you are able to isolate the power supply to your light switch as we cannot be held liable for any personal injury claims or claims for compensation due to user error. **
1 – First of all, for your safety please isolate the power to the lighting circuit. This can usually be done by switching off the circuit breaker for your lighting circuit on your main fuse board.
If you are unable to locate the fuse for your lighting it may be necessary to call in an electrical professional, however most modern fuse boards are clearly marked and easily switched off.
2 – Once the power to the light fitting is switched off, remove the screws on either side of the light switch.
3 – Detach switch fitting from the wall. If you find that the light switch is slightly stuck you should gently pry one corner to release it from the wall. BE CAREFUL NOT TO PULL or you may detach the cabling.
3 – Slip the light switch through the centre of the light switch surround holding the light switch at a diagonal angle to the frame so that you are sliding the switch through from corner to corner.
4 – Re- align the switch and reinsert the two screws that hold the light switch in place.
5 – Switch the power back on and test that the lights work as they should.
If everything works fine, you’re done! If for some reason the lights don’t work, re-isolate the power supply, remove the switch once more and ensure that no wires have worked loose during the fitting procedure.
If you have any further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org