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There is now an almost unmanageable number of epoxy resins for different applications on the market. Finding the right resin for the respective application is tedious and laborious. With our Best Epoxy Resin Guide, we provide a good overview of which products are particularly suitable for your application and project.

 

 

 

 

What you should pay Attention to when buying Epoxy Resin

Due to the boom of epoxy resin, there are more and more cheap products, which are very tempting at first sight. However, we always recommend to rely on branded products of well-known manufacturers, which cost a little more but have qualitatively much better properties than the cheap resins.

 

 

The Best Epoxy Resin for River Table

 

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The production of epoxy resin tables is becoming increasingly popular. With wood and epoxy you can produce beautiful tables in all variations. However, the production itself requires some preparation and practice. Depending on the size of the table, more than 10kg of resin and more are needed to cast a tabletop of 5cm thickness. The thickness of this layer is also the crucial point – the casting resin must be specially designed for this application to get such a thick layer in one pour. If you use a commercially available, inexpensive resin, the exothermic reaction can generate a lot of heat and cause damage to the wood and the surrounding area. It is therefore worth bringing a lot of patience and pouring several thin layers on top of each other, which must always harden for several hours, or using a special product for this purpose.

 

 

With epoxy resin tables the following properties are particularly important:

  • A layer height of up to 5cm should be possible
  • The resin must be processable in large quantities without heating up too much
  • A longer pot life is recommended so that the air bubbles can escape more easily
  • UV protection should be included so that as little yellowing as possible occurs

 

 

Best Epoxy Resin for River Table

EcoPoxy FlowCast 12L Kit Clear Casting Epoxy Resin for Wood Working, Tables, Counters
  • Self-Leveling two-part Resin Ideal for all Casting applications
  • Crystal Clear – Cures 100% transparent
  • Very Eco-friendly – High BioContent and Low Odor
  • FlowCast has been developed for pours of 1/2” – 1.5” per layer
Price: $313.16
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FGCI Liquid Glass Casting Resin
  • High-quality, crystal clear Castin Resin from FGCI
  • Pour 2-4 inches deep forms
  • Also suitable for Resin Tables and Tabletops
Price: $89.99
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The Best Epoxy Resin Products for Resin Art and Crafts

 

resin art

 

Under the term Resin Art you can find all techniques which can be used to produce decorative and art objects with epoxy resin. The spectrum ranges from pictures cast with resin and colour pigments on a wooden painting ground, to the production of resin jewellery, to the casting of geodes and cup mats. As these applications mainly involve thin layers in which colour pigments or liquid paint is mixed in, the resin must not be too liquid, as the individual colours would otherwise mix quickly, resulting in an unsightly colour tone.

There are some specialized products for use in art, which are exactly adapted to the needs of resin artists. The focus here is on ensuring that as far as possible no solvents are used, that no volatile organic compounds escape and that in general there is little odour during processing. In addition, professional epoxy resins are equipped with a UV filter of the highest possible quality. This is intended to prevent the resin and the paint it contains from yellowing and/or fading. It is important to mention here that epoxy always loses a little of its crystal clear transparency and can yellow marginally. However, this is hardly noticeable, especially if colours have been mixed in.

 

 

This is important for epoxy resin for use in art:

  • The resin should be medium to high viscosity (rather viscous) to ensure good colour separation
  • This resin is often called “laminating resin”, which was developed for coatings
  • The processing time should be long enough to cast the picture or artwork, usually about 30 minutes
  • UV protection should be included to reduce yellowing

 

 

Best Epoxy Resin for Resin Art and Crafts

ArtResin - Epoxy Resin - Clear - Non-Toxic - 1 gal (3.78 L)
  • Highest-quality Epoxy Resin
  • Suitable for nearly every Resin Art project
  • No Voc’s, yellowing filter included
Price: $129.00
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Dr. Crafty Clear Epoxy Resin Kit
 
  • High-quality starter set for Resin Art
  • Thicker constistency, 1:1 mixing ration for easy use
  • 45 minutes of working time untill it starts to get sticky, almost no yellowing
 
Price: $53.99
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Buy Epoxy Resin Floor Coating: Our Recommendations

 

Epoxy garage floor coating

 

Producing floors from epoxy resin is now very common. The positive characteristics are very popular for both living space and garage floors. In the living room epoxy can be used for all kinds of floors. This starts with the cellar, continues into the actual living space such as bedrooms and living rooms and ends with kitchen floors and bathroom floors. It is also increasingly used as a protective layer of already laid wooden floors.

It is important that the epoxy floor paint is very hard after curing, but still sufficiently elastic to withstand all loads. With these special products for floor coating, easy application is also very important, in which above all the escape of any air bubbles that may be present is optimised. Most of the products can be purchased ready-mixed with a wide range of colours, so that one work step is missing and the colour accuracy is given, e.g. according to standard RAL. Further information and instructions can be found in our guide article Epoxy resin floor made by ourselves.

 

 

This is important when choosing epoxy resin products for floor coating:

  • The resin should be self-levelling for a level floor covering
  • Air bubbles should escape by themselves if possible
  • The processing time should be long enough to be able to process larger areas
  • UV protection should be included so that less yellowing and colour changes occur in sunlight
  • Good abrasion resistance and impact strength

 

 

Best epoxy resin floor coating kits:

Rust-Oleum 261845 EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
 
  • Very durable, Epoxy formula for garage floors, workshops, basements and more
  • Hardened within 24 hours, drive-on ready in 72 hours
  • Super adhesion on surfaces and covers up to 500 sq ft
 
Price: $140.36
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SUPERCOAT DecoEffects Atlantis Blue Epoxy Floor Coating
 
  • Decorative floor kit containing epoxy coating, flakes with reflective particles, urethane glaze coat and nonslip additive
  • For 400-500 square foot area, Multicolor chips with holographic reflective particles
  • Low odor, Low VOC, Water base, Decorative, Eight color combinations, Excellent adhesion to concrete
 
Price: $250.00
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SUPERCOAT Waterborne Urethane Glaze Coat
  • Breathable two component waterborne urethane, clear topcoat for Supercoat epoxy floors, non-yellowing
  • Industrial grade, Good chemical resistance, High gloss finish, Resists damaged caused by gasoline, brake fluid, standing water and battery acid
  • Protects epoxy floor from scratches, Encapsulates decorative flake, easy to clean
Price: $92.55
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How to find the best Epoxy Resin for Jewelry

 

jewelry resin

 

With epoxy resin and silicone moulds beautiful jewellery can be cast. The spectrum ranges from jewellery made of clear or coloured resin to the combination of pieces with wood or other materials. Also the casting of objects is possible with it. In contrast to the casting of larger objects, the maximum layer thickness is not necessarily decisive here, but rather good UV protection, good workability and good colour separation when casting several colours. Crystal-clear curing is also important for casting objects. If you pay attention to these properties, nothing stands in the way of your own epoxy resin jewellery.

 

 

This is important when casting epoxy resin jewelry:

  • The resin used must be very hard so that the piece of jewellery does not get scratches
  • If possible, air bubbles should escape by themselves during casting, or be removed with a butane torch
  • UV protection should be included so that less yellowing and colour changes occur in sunlight

 

 

The Best resin for jewelry

Dr. Crafty Clear Epoxy Resin Kit
 
  • High-quality starter set for Resin Art
  • Thicker constistency, 1:1 mixing ration for easy use
  • 45 minutes of working time untill it starts to get sticky, almost no yellowing
 
Price: $53.99
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ArtResin - Epoxy Resin - Clear - Non-Toxic - 1 gal (3.78 L)
  • Highest-quality Epoxy Resin
  • Suitable for nearly every Resin Art project
  • No Voc’s, yellowing filter included
Price: $129.00
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The Best UV Resin

 

uv resin

 

UV Resin is a special type of epoxy resin that is already mixed and ready for immediate use. The UV resin has a very long working time, because it only starts to cure under UV light. But then it reacts very fast and cures within seconds to minutes. It is therefore particularly suitable for small moulds or surfaces where rapid curing is required, i.e. for repairs, jewellery making and other applications in the home.

 

 

This is important when buying UV resin:

  • Depending on the application it should be rather thick or thin fluid
  • If possible, air bubbles should escape by themselves during casting, or be removed with a Bunsen burner
  • A good curing under UV light is essential, here a special UV lamp helps for best results
  • The odour emissions can be higher than with conventional epoxy resin

 

The Best UV Resin

Limino UV Resin
  • UV Resin from Japan in highest quality
  • Made out of non-toxic materials for best safety
  • Yellowing resistance, glossy finish and hard consistency after curing
Price: $29.99
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DecorRom UV Resin
  • High-gloss surface and really hard after curing
  • Good yellowing resistance
  • Cures in 1 – 2 Minutes with a powerful UV light
Price: $22.99
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Lets RESIN Translucent Colored UV Resin Kit
  • This Kit from Let’s Resin comes in 10 already coloured UV Resin
  • Ready for your immediate start in the UV Resin Art
  • No need of using mixing caps, spatulas and other tools
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Find the Best Casting Resin

 

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In contrast to the creation of resin art pictures or the coating of surfaces, the requirements for resin casting are completely different. Since higher layers are often cast when casting moulds, the resin must not harden too quickly, otherwise too much heat would occur. Also, the casting resin must not harden too quickly so that the air bubbles that occur can escape. From approx. 2 cm to 3 cm, conventional laminating resin is finished, then you need a specially developed casting resin.

 

 

This is important when buying casting epoxy resin:

  • Casting resins are usually rather thin-bodied, i.e. low viscosity
  • A long open time reduces the heat development during curing
  • Layer thicknesses up to at least 5 cm should be possible
  • A UV-filter should be available, because during moulding the resin is often not coloured but left transparent

 

 

The Best Casting Resin

FGCI Liquid Glass Casting Resin
  • High-quality, crystal clear Castin Resin from FGCI
  • Pour 2-4 inches deep forms
  • Also suitable for Resin Tables and Tabletops
Price: $89.99
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EcoPoxy FlowCast 12L Kit Clear Casting Epoxy Resin for Wood Working, Tables, Counters
  • Self-Leveling two-part Resin Ideal for all Casting applications
  • Crystal Clear – Cures 100% transparent
  • Very Eco-friendly – High BioContent and Low Odor
  • FlowCast has been developed for pours of 1/2” – 1.5” per layer
Price: $313.16
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Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers

We regularly receive questions about buying epoxy resin, which we are happy to answer here.

 

❓ Where can you buy Epoxy Resin?

Epoxy resin should ideally be purchased on the Internet. Apart from the significantly lower price, you will find the largest selection of products here – so you can find the right product for you. Because there is not only one epoxy resin, but many different products with different properties.

 

❓ How much epoxy resin do I need for my project?

We have programmed a comprehensive epoxy resin calculator to help you calculate the amount of epoxy resin / resin you need.

 

❓ How much does epoxy resin cost?

The cost of epoxy resin varies greatly. For one liter of resin you can pay from 7 USD to over 20 USD The price differences can be explained mainly by the place of production and the properties.

 

❓ Which dyes can be used to color epoxy resin?

There is a whole range of colouring agents available for coloring epoxy resin: special epoxy resin colour pastes, color pigments, airbrush colors and alcohol inks.

 

❓ How can I mix the epoxy resin components?

The mixing of epoxy resin must be carried out carefully so that the two components mix optimally and the material hardens optimally. You can find more on this topic in our separate article Mixing epoxy resin.