What Resin Should I Use?

Choosing the Right Epoxy Resin

Now that we have a better understanding of all the different types or resin out there. Let's make informed decision on which one will best suit our project! 

Resin tables use the contours of a live edge to mimic the gentle flow of a river. The mesmerizing appeal comes from a massive amount of resin. Using a resin not formulated for this project results in either multiple thin pours which totally wastes your time or it exotherms out of control and ruins the cast. We want to minimize the amount of pours so a deep pour capacity of 1" or more is going to work best.

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​Think of a top coat as a rock hard finish that's scratch resistant and impervious to pretty much everything that exists in the universe... not technically... but its a tough coat that protects your project. We want a resin that has great visual clarity which can enhance whats below the surface, doesn't yellow over time and can be easily resurfaced if damage results. Here's some that match that criteria.  

​There's all sorts of different resin art styles. Dirty pour, direct pour, pours using solvents or inhibitors, pours that have words in a different language so I have no idea what it means.... I do know that most art pours are very thin so I consider pot life and viscosity. Depending on your project needs you'll have to make a choice based off of that. So if you want a smooth blend of colors you'll need a resin with a low viscosity (like water) everything will flow and move about freely but if you want dynamic color separation something with a high viscosity (like honey) would be the best bet... but remember that pot life figure we talked about before?? If you know your resin's pot life you can blend some colors when its low then wait till it thickens and pour others later. Understanding the properties and timing it right can really result in some amazing pours!

​I love using resin to fill voids, knots and deviations in wood. It makes a defect beautiful and theres some specialized resins for it. Alternatively you can also use CA glue and a catalyst that will achieve the same result in maybe 10 seconds! The CA doesn't creep around and fill like resin but if it's just a minor surface flaw I strongly encourage you to check out StarBond Adhesives.

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