Epoxy Resin Guide (1)
What is Resin?
Epoxy resin or resin is a material that can be used for many different purposes and is created by mixing two components that are matched to each other. If the liquid resin is mixed with a suitable hardener, a chemical reaction is set in motion that usually lasts several hours.
After the components have been mixed with each other, not only heat is radiated, but the material is also converted from a liquid to a solid / cured state. Usually, the mixing ratio of resin to hardener is 1 to 1 or even 1 to 2, so that the material can cure perfectly.
If you look up this exciting topic on the Internet, you will usually come across the terms epoxy resin, synthetic resin, casting resin, laminating resin, or just resin again and again.
Different epoxy resins or casting resins, each with individually different properties, can be used for a variety of different applications according to the manufacturer’s specifications. There is a wide range of different resins, which differ considerably in terms of the duration of the curing process and the hardness and durability of the finished transformed surfaces. Further parameters for the selection of a specific epoxy resin can be factors such as the maximum layer thickness that can be formed with the material or its heat resistance.
The different properties of epoxy resin in different product variations:
- Viscosity (flowability)
- Maximum thickness of the layer that can be applied per casting process
- Duration of the curing process
- Adhesion properties on surfaces of different materials
- Degree of hardness after thorough completion of the transformation
We would like to show you which aspects you should pay attention to when buying epoxy resin in order to have exactly the right material at hand for your intended project.
What is Epoxy Resin Used for?
Essentially, epoxy resin is very versatile and can be used for different types of art and craft projects. The following examples are only a small sample from the multitude of possible applications:
- Soil sealing in living spaces
- Fixing of stone carpets indoors and outdoors
- Cut-resistant sealing of worktops in the kitchen
- Pieces of epoxy resin and wood such as cutting boards
- Modern renovation ideas for old buildings
- Jewelry made of epoxy resin
- Quick repairs with special UV resin
- Epoxy resin art objects such as resin art pictures
- Casting of molds and figures of all kinds
- Decorative objects such as Resin Geodes and Resin Petri Dishes
- Timeless resin furniture such as tables made of epoxy resin
- Resin floors for shower trays
- Waterproof sealants for garage floors
- Resin Casting of artifacts and materials in resin
- Self-construction of aquariums and terrariums
- Repairing and gluing small parts together
- Resin as topcoat or gelcoat for boat building
- Selfmade kiteboards
- Model building projects
What Should I Consider When Buying Resin?
Epoxy resins are now available at many specialist dealers and in most DIY stores. The choice is usually even greater when you order via the Internet, where you can often get these materials at the best price. Online you will probably find by far the largest selection of high-quality product variants for all possible areas of application at many dealers.
If you are just beginning to work with epoxy resins, you may be put off by the fact that many epoxy components are not exactly cheap. But that should not be a reason for you to always look for the cheapest offers. After all, product variants that are offered at particularly low prices can sometimes be of such inferior quality that they cost satisfaction points and demotivate you, not to mention it could completely ruin your work.
Some products may also contain solvents that are hazardous to health that evaporate during the curing process. It can happen that your material does not cure completely or is difficult to mix before the curing process. Some cheap resins do not impress with their crystal-clear transparency, but appear slightly yellowish during processing. This unpleasant yellowish tinge can be intensified later with a little sunlight.
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