Useful information about epoxy resin

What is resin?
Resin is mainly used as a glue. It helps transfer stress between the fibers, protects the surface from external factors and clasps things together. The first resins were found in nature in the plants, insects and trees. Amber or shellac are common natural resins.
How strong is resin?
Resin has a strength of 55.7 MPa and an elasticity of 2.7GPa. It can withstand stress and strain and is a perfect choice for building strong and functional projects.
What is epoxy resin and how to use it in crafts and DIY projects?
There are three different forms of resin. They are different based on cost and properties. Our focus is on epoxy resin as it is used commonly for crafts and DIY projects. Epoxy resin is a liquid form adhesive that dries clear with a shiny look. It is used in manufacture of plastics and paints. Resin works as a primer and coating on flooring and countertops as well. And it is popular in diy projects and art as a sealer.
What is the difference between resin and epoxy resin?
Epoxy and resin are different only due to drying time. Epoxy hardens faster than resin and both require mixing before use. Resin can take about 8-10 hours while epoxy resin dries in only 6-30 minutes making it more popular in home based crafts and DIY projects.
Is resin dangerous?
The answer to this question is no. Epoxy resin is generally non toxic. However, precaution should be taken to keep it away from mouth and hands should be thoroughly washed after completing the project as precaution.
Epoxy resin maintenance
Epoxy resin is generally strong and requires basic maintenance only. It doesn’t break or stain easily. However, it can start to yellow overtime if exposed to sunlight. The UV light from the sun tends to degrade the epoxy polymers causing discoloration. Even the most crystal clear and colorless epoxy resin require precaution from sunlight to keep it beautiful and white.
Moreover, epoxy resin is not heat resistant. Epoxy resin coated countertops like granite countertops require care and precaution. Hot pans should not be directly placed over it.
To return your project to its clear shine use any polishing compound of your choice. The process is fairly simple, clean the surface with a slightly moist cotton or linen cloth. Now dab some polish on the cloth and rub the resin surface. Use a slow and circular motion with little pressure till the desired shine is achieved.
How to clean resin if it comes in contact with your skin?
In case epoxy resin comes in contact with your skin simply remove it using either of the following:
• Vinegar
• Acetone
• Waterless citrus-based hand cleaner
What supplies are needed for resin projects?
A typical resin project requires the following supplies:
• epoxy resin
• gloves
• spreader or plastic spoons
• plastic mixing cups
• stir stick or popsicle stick for stirring
• covered working space
What materials can I add to epoxy resins?
A variety of materials can be mixed into epoxy resin for your projects. In short, anything! Some things that are popular to add to epoxy resin crafts and diy projects are:
• fresh flowers
• pigments and dyes
• glitter
• gold leaf
• pressed or artificial flowers
• food colors
• beads etc.
What surfaces can I pour resins on?
You can pour epoxy resin on almost every surface. Some popular ones include:
• metal
• wood
• stone
• concrete
• canvas
• silicone molds
• cookie cutters
• paper
• textured tiles