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Can You Put Epoxy Over Vinyl Stickers?

Yes, you can epoxy over printable vinyl stickers.

This will give it a beautiful hardened glossy surface.

Applying epoxy resin on top of vinyl will seal your stickers completely, making them water-resistant.

One popular craft is to epoxy over tumblers that have custom glitter or vinyl stickers in which case they will be 100% waterproof and dishwasher safe!

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers relating to epoxying over vinyl stickers.

epoxy resin over top of a printable vinyl sticker on a mug versus waterproof laminate sheet over sticker

If you’re looking for instructions for how to use printable vinyl sticker paper – check out this informative article we wrote on the topic!

What can you seal vinyl stickers with?

The best way to seal vinyl stickers is to spray an acrylic sealer with 2-3 coats.

Good choices include sealant sprays from Mod Podge and Krylon.

Click here to read our article on the top 7 acrylic fixative sprays for decals.

Make sure you pick one that is clear and has a semi-gloss finish to help make your stickers shine.

Other popular choices include epoxy resin and laminating sheets.

How do you seal vinyl stickers before epoxy?

Before sealing your vinyl stickers with epoxy, make sure you have smoothed all of the bubbles out from the decal then apply 2-3 coats of clear coat or acrylic sealant spray to help prep the surface and provide an extra layer of protection.

Do paper stickers need to be sealed before using epoxy resin?

If you decide to use printable sticker paper instead of vinyl, you will absolutely need to seal your stickers with a clear acrylic sealant spray before applying epoxy.

Allow the printed sticker to dry for a few minutes, then apply 2-3 coats of fixative spray, waiting roughly 60 minutes between coats.

If you skip this step it could result in your stickers reacting to the epoxy and warping your beautiful paper sticker.

What material will epoxy resin not stick to?

Epoxy resin will not stick to surfaces that have no grip or that are oily such as silicone, wax paper, rubber, or teflon. 

For crafting purposes epoxy will stick to metal, paper and printable/adhesive vinyl, fabric, wood, and similar objects.

Does epoxy resin keep printable vinyl stickers from fading in the sun?

Sealing your vinyl stickers with epoxy will help reduce the fading to some degree due to UV exposure but there are other alternatives such as using acrylic fixative spray and UV laminating sheets. 

Using pigment-based ink (as opposed to dye-based ink) with an inkjet printer will reduce the fading of printed vinyl stickers as well.

Most commercial grade printed stickers are produced with solvent or latex-based printers, however for most DIY enthusiasts these can be quite expensive.

How To Apply Epoxy Over Vinyl Stickers:

1. Prepare the Surface:

      • Ensure your surface is clean and free from dust or debris by wiping it down with a clean cloth
      • You can even wipe the surface with a cleaner before moving on to epoxying it

2. Mix Epoxy Resin:

      • Following the manufacturer’s instructions,  mix the epoxy resin and hardener.
      • Using  a measuring cup and stir stick will help ensure you mix the correct ratio

3. Apply Epoxy Resin:

      • Pour a small amount of the mixed epoxy resin on your vinyl sticker.
      • Use a foam brush to spread the epoxy evenly over the vinyl, making sure to coat the entire surface evenly.

4. Remove Air Bubbles:

      • If your epoxy starts to make bubbles or run, using a heat gun to reheat it and smooth it back out with a mini foam paint brush.
      • You could also try to catch bubbles before they harden and smooth them out. Having tooth picks handy will allow you to pop the bubbles as well.

5. Cure the Epoxy:

      • Let the epoxy cure by following the manufacturer’s instructions (24-48 hours).
      • Do not touch the epoxy surface while curing or you may risk ruining your project.

6. Optional Second Coat:

      • To add durability and create a deeper gloss finish you can apply a second coat of epoxy after the first coat has completely cured.
      • Follow the same application and curing steps as above.

7. Final Touches:

    • Once the epoxy has fully cured, inspect the surface for any bumps or mistakes.
    • Lightly sand the rough areas with fine sandpaper (400-600 grit) then wipe away the dust with a clean rag.
If you’re looking to find the best printable vinyl sticker paper for a new project – check out this article we wrote on the top 25 best printable vinyl sticker paper brands.

We also provide premium printable vinyl sticker paper and more on our shop page – be sure to check us out and browse our whole collection!

Happy crafting!

Michael from Royal Elements

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