Epoxy resin is an extremely versatile material that is used for a wide range of applications, but each product tends to have its own specific characteristics.
In the buying guide you will find further information on the subject; in the ranking, on the other hand, you will find reviews of the eight types of epoxy resin most in demand on the market.
The most appreciated by buyers are both produced by the Italian company Resin Pro , and in this case the two-component Pro Trasparente, intended for generic use and with an excellent relationship between quality and price, and the Pro Epoxywood , whose characteristics make it especially suitable for working with wood.
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High quality epoxy resin is very expensive; therefore, the most common varieties, as you can see from the ranking, are above all those intended for hobby and do-it-yourself use.
Transparent epoxy resin
1. Resin Pro Transparent multipurpose two-component resin
In first place among the best epoxy resins of 2021 we find the multipurpose two-component formula produced by the Italian company Resin Pro, consisting of a bottle of 500 grams and one of hardener of 300 grams.
It is a highly transparent resin which once hardened acquires the same appearance as glass, has excellent mechanical resistance and is also self-leveling; its characteristics make it suitable for a wide range of applications, from model making and artistic creations to nautical and use as a coating or impregnating agent.
For these reasons it is one of the most requested products on the market, and therefore one of the best sellers online. The only flaw is that it is a difficult product to use, therefore not suitable for beginners; you have to be very careful to scrupulously respect the proportions of the mixture and hardening takes longer than usual.
Transparent: It is one of the most requested on the market, as it lends itself to various applications; moreover it can also be colored using the appropriate pigments for resins.
Generic: The Transparent Resin Pro is suitable as a coating, also for wood, and as an impregnating agent for different types of fibers, but it is also ideal for model making and artistic creations, as well as for nautical use.
Price: The further advantage of this resin is the cost; in fact, compared to the other products examined in the ranking, this is the cheapest, also in relation to quantity.
Difficult to use: It is not recommended for beginners, since to ensure good results it requires scrupulous attention in the dosage and the use of specific containers.
2. Resin Pro Epoxywood epoxy resin for wood
Epoxywood epoxy resin for wood is also produced by the Resin Pro company, and therefore has the advantage of being available at low prices. This particular variant is recommended above all for restoration and reinforcement works or as a simple protective coating; its straw color, in fact, revives and enhances the natural grain of the wood, and by applying two or three coats it also helps to waterproof it.
The package is also particularly convenient, since it even offers 1.5 kilograms of resin, divided into two bottles: a 1 kilo bottle containing it and a 0.5 kilo one with the hardener.
The only limitation is that it is an inexpensive product, so it is fine for hobby use but not recommended for professional applications. Furthermore, despite its intended use, it is not easy to use and requires a certain skill, especially in dosing the two components correctly.
Affordable: Even if it is not the best resin for wood on the market, Epoxywood is placed at the top of our ranking thanks to the affordable price and the good performances offered in the mainly hobby sector.
Aesthetic yield: If applied well, it has a remarkable aesthetic effect, and thanks to its light straw hue it further enhances the natural grain of the wood and ensures a highly effective glossy finish.
Waterproofing: By applying multiple layers, Epoxywood resin is able to waterproof the wood by creating an impenetrable barrier for water and humidity, making it ideal for outdoor use as well.
Non-professional: Unfortunately it is an inexpensive product and therefore not suitable for professional use; moreover, the hardening times are quite long.
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3. Colorpoint Two-component glossy epoxy resin for floors and walls
If, on the other hand, you intend to refurbish the floors and are willing to try the resin, then we suggest you take a look at the one produced by the well-known Italian company Color Point.
It is in fact a very thick product, up to 3 millimeters, made up of two components: a 4 kilogram jar of resin plus a 1 kilogram jar of hardener, for a total of 5 kilograms of product. It is of excellent quality and almost completely odorless; moreover, it spreads easily, even if once the components have been mixed, it must be applied quickly, because it hardens quite quickly.
Once dry it is resistant and flexible at the same time, it is non-slip and takes on a glossy finish of great effect. The only flaw consists in the yield which drops drastically if the surface to be treated is porous, reducing up to one fifth of the nominal one.
Excellent quality: Colorpoint epoxy resin is expensive but is characterized by an equally high quality, and in fact it is among the most requested among the products intended for floor covering.
Durable: Once applied and dried, it becomes very resistant and retains a high flexibility, characteristics that make it extremely durable. It also has excellent anti-slip properties.
Glossy finish: Once dry it takes on a glossy finish of great effect; besides being aesthetically beautiful, it also makes it easier to clean the floor.
Theoretical yield: The indicated yield is 8 square meters per kilo, but the actual yield is lower because it depends on various factors, starting with the porosity of the floor.
Epoxy resin for boating
4. Resin Pro Transparent ultra transparent epoxy resin 32 Kg
This product, in reality, is the same that we have already examined previously, and that is the Resin Pro Trasparente with glass effect; but we report it again as the indicated packaging is ideal for those looking for an epoxy resin for boating.
The company’s offer, in fact, consists of a package of 32 kilos of product made up of 20 kilos of resin and 12 kilos of hardener for brush applications in films with a thickness of up to 1 mm and castings with a thickness of no more than 2 cm. .
With an average cost of just over 10 euros per kilo, the quality-price ratio is nothing short of excellent and the Resin Pro offer is ideal especially for professionals working in the nautical sector, or for companies specialized in installation. of coatings on any type of surface.
Glass effect: Once dry, Resin Pro Trasparente is characterized by an aesthetic effect similar to glass in all respects, both for its high transparency and for its gloss and reflective properties.
Excellent properties: Apart from the aesthetic properties, it also stands out for its excellent mechanical strength, high resistance to UV rays, long workability, chemical resistance and high impregnation.
Colorable: If the work needs require it, Resin Pro Trasparente can also be colored by using the appropriate epoxy pigments, both in paste and powder form.
Mixing limits: Unfortunately it is not possible to mix more than 250 grams of product at a time, because in larger quantities the resin reacts and tends to smoke.
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Epoxy resin kit
5. Resin Pro Kit clear epoxy resin plus rubber
Also from the Resin Pro company, here is a kit consisting of 800 grams of transparent resin plus 500 grams of liquid silicone rubber for casting, for the creation of detailed molds.
The resin is always the transparent variant, that is one of the most popular products of the manufacturer thanks to its excellent properties and versatility of use, which makes it suitable for the most diverse applications.
The epoxy resin kit, in fact, is recommended above all for artistic use, as silicone rubber allows you to make molds from complex models and shapes, including those with very small details and obvious undercuts.
The product, therefore, is suitable both for the creation of jewels and other art objects, both for model making and for the reproduction of small pieces in series, decorative friezes or technical items. Also included in the package are a pair of black nitrile gloves.
For serial production: This kit is especially suitable for creating molds and models aimed at the mass production of small objects, both in the artistic and technical fields, therefore it is useful for different applications.
Silicone rubber: The silicone rubber to be used to create the mold allows you to faithfully reproduce even the smallest details and, apart from the resin, it is also compatible with soap and polymer pastes.
Gloves: The package also includes a pair of comfortable black nitrile gloves, free of charge, to be worn as protection during the phases of mixing the components and subsequent pouring.
For hobby only: The Resin Pro Kit is of good quality, but is still an economical product recommended mainly for hobby, DIY and DIY use.
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Self-leveling epoxy resin
6. Dipoxy Werke 2K-700 epoxy resin for floors and walls
Dipoxy-2K-700 is a self-leveling epoxy resin produced by the German company Dipoxy Werke; it is of premium quality, transparent and low viscosity, and is prepared for coloring using the special Effeckt-Pearl pigments, also produced by Dipoxy.
Unlike the other products examined, this resin has the advantage of being much easier to work with as it has a mixing ratio of 2 to 1; the fact that it does not require complicated measurements greatly reduces the possibility of errors, making it particularly suitable for beginners. The Dipoxy is suitable for general use, therefore suitable for a wide range of applications.
The only limitation is the conditions required for mixing, which must be strictly observed to ensure the correct success of the operation: the ambient temperature must be between 10 ° and 20 ° and the components must be mixed with a speed between 250 and 350 revolutions per minute for 4-5 minutes.
Simple proportion: The mixing ratio is 2 to 1, therefore establishing the necessary quantities to be used is extremely simple; this aspect makes it particularly suitable for beginners.
Totally odorless: Unlike other products, which in any case give off a minimal amount of odor, Dipoxy is 100% odorless and therefore can also be safely used indoors.
Dyeable: Dipoxy resin can also be colored if necessary, but for good results, of course, it is advisable to use Effeckt-Pearl pigments, produced by the same company.
Mixing: You need to get an electric tool, because mixing should be done for at least five minutes at a speed of about 250-350 rpm.
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Prochima epoxy resin
7. Prochima E-30 Water Effect transparent epoxy resin
The Italian company Prochima is one of the most famous brands in the chemical production sector, and in fact the latest product examined in our ranking is appreciated above all by the most demanding professionals and hobbyists.
In this case it is the E-30 Water Effect epoxy resin, mainly intended for applications in the arts, crafts and model making sectors. The E-30, in fact, is ideal for making transparent castings, even of high thickness, to incorporate objects and to obtain the water effect; it is also recommended in costume jewelery, to imitate vitreous enamel coatings.
E-30 also has excellent self-leveling properties, is non-toxic and can be easily colored using the appropriate Prochima pigments. According to the opinions of the buyers it is the best epoxy resin among the high quality ones, but it is characterized by an equally high cost; the package examined, in fact, even if it has an affordable price, contains just 320 grams of product.
High quality: Prochima resin is one of the best currently on the market, in fact it is especially appreciated by the professional user range and by the most demanding hobbyists. This Italian company has 60 years of experience, and has become synonymous with high quality.
Water Effect: As the name of the product mentions, the E-30 is used above all in the art and craft sector to obtain the water effect thanks to its high transparency.
For castings: The E-30 is ideal above all for high thickness castings, and for the creation of dioramas or other artifacts that require the incorporation of objects; if necessary it can also be colored.
Price: It is a high quality product, therefore expensive; in proportion to the quantity available, in fact, the price is almost three times that of the other resins examined.
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Pigments for epoxy resin
HXDZFX pigments for epoxy resin 15 transparent colors
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We certainly could not exclude from the list a complementary product of great importance, namely pigments for epoxy resin. The package in question, in fact, produced for the HXDZFX brand, consists of fifteen bottles with as many liquid pigments.
Each bottle contains 10 ml of highly concentrated transparent dye, in fact just 1 ml is enough to color 1 kilo of resin; the pigments are odorless and can also be mixed, in order to obtain customized shades. The bottles are also made of soft plastic and are equipped with a spout, so that you can easily check the amount of dye used.
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How to choose the best epoxy resins
It is not easy for a beginner to decide which epoxy resin to buy, especially considering that to get good results you have to be careful and handle the components with some skill.
The proportions vary depending on the product
The correct definition of this material is “two-component epoxy resin”, as it consists of two distinct elements: the resin itself, component A, and the hardening agent, component B. The two must be mixed in exact proportions , and the latter vary according to the manufacturer and the type of resin; the mixing procedure, therefore, is indicated in the instructions for use and must be followed scrupulously as an error in the proportions of the components, or an imperfect mixing of the same, irreparably affects the final result. Drying times also change according to the type of product.
The non-toxic epoxy resin for general use for example, widespread above all in the arts and crafts sector, requires drying times ranging from 12 to 24 hours; the resins for floors and walls, on the other hand, have extremely fast drying times, from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
The intended use
As mentioned above, epoxy is an extremely versatile material. Its most common applications, even in DIY, mainly concern the construction of floors and walls, both in residential and commercial environments; It is also very popular in the nautical sector, as an impregnating agent for wood, because it penetrates the surface fibers and leaves a transparent layer which, once hardened, vitrifies, giving the wood a glossy effect of great aesthetic impact that protects it and makes it totally waterproof.
In the art and craft sector, however, it is used for the creation of a wide range of objects, including trays, tables, lamps and much more; in model making, on the other hand, it is used to create dioramas or the constituent elements of entire models that are subsequently assembled.
Finally, the resin is also used for the production of costume jewelery, especially rings, but also pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Methods of application and use
Another factor that must be taken into account to understand how to choose a good epoxy resin is the method of application, as it is closely related to the intended use. For example, epoxy brushing is mainly used for the nautical sector and coatings, while the casting method is used above all for model making and the art / craft sector.
The degree of viscosity is the aspect that most affects the way in which the resin can be applied; on the market there are epoxy resins with low viscosity and viscous resins, but if necessary it is possible to use specific thinners to make the mixture more or less fluid according to the needs.
To conclude, then, we must not forget that some epoxy resins can already be purchased with certain colors, while those for general applications are transparent and require the use of specific pigments to be colored.
How to use epoxy resin for wood
Before applying epoxy resin to wood, it must be properly prepared. Regardless of the type of processing, whether it is the creation of an artistic or furnishing object, such as a table for example, or the coating of a surface, the wood must first be cleaned and sanded, taking care to remove fibers, lint and any pieces of bark stuck.
It must also be degreased and must not have been subjected to treatments with impregnating paints; if it is necessary to work on a surface that has previously been treated with impregnating, then it will need to be sanded until all traces of it are removed.
Once the wood has been prepared, the resin can be applied. To join separate pieces of wood and create composite tables or to cover surfaces such as kitchen tops, for example, it is best to use the casting method; in this way it is possible to evenly fill voids and cavities. Furthermore, before casting, it is good to brush the edges of the wood pieces with resin, so that it penetrates into the roughness and ensures a greater grip. The castings on the smooth surfaces must be spread with the help of a spatula; the self-leveling properties of the resin will then make the surface uniform.
To cover the boards of boats or other wooden artifacts, however, it is preferable to use the brush and apply the resin as a varnish, applying at least two or three coats in order to allow the resin to penetrate the surface layer like an impregnating agent.
How to polish epoxy resin
Regardless of the type of processing, once the resin has been applied and dried, it is necessary to proceed with polishing. The operation is extremely simple, just pour a little polishing paste on the resin and then rub with the aid of a slightly moistened cotton or linen cloth.
If the surface is very opaque, it is necessary to rub for a long time and with a certain energy, in this case the use of a random orbital sander with a cloth disk considerably facilitates the work and reduces the execution time.
Because epoxy does not harden
If the epoxy resin does not harden in the times indicated by the manufacturer, the causes could be different, let’s see which are the most common.
An incorrect calculation in the proportion of the components to be mixed, even a minimal one, can considerably lengthen the polymerization times.
An ambient temperature below 15 ° can double the time required for catalysis; a higher than 25 °, on the other hand, can reduce them excessively by shortening the window of time useful for processing.
Always use products from the same company; if a resin is mixed with a hardener produced by a different company, in fact, the reaction will be unpredictable, even for catalysis.
Pigments and any complementary products, such as specific thinners, should only be added after mixing the primary components well. Also in this case, moreover, it is preferable to use products from the same company.
In the case of multiple castings, it is necessary to wait the necessary time for each single cast to dry and harden completely; pouring a fresh cast onto one that is not yet dry causes the latter to overheat and irreparably ruin it.
To conclude, then, we must not forget that some varieties of epoxy resin vitrify and become extremely hard, while others retain a rubbery consistency, especially the cheaper ones.
What is epoxy used for?
Epoxy resin is used to make flooring and coatings on any type of surface, including wood, and is also used in the nautical sector to waterproof boat decks.
It is also used for the creation of costume jewelery, objects of art and furniture, tables, trays, lamps, kitchen tops and much more; for the creation of small articles in series, both in the artisanal and artistic and technical fields, and in model making, where it is used above all for the creation of dioramas.
It is also used in the electronics industry, as an insulator, and added to materials such as kevlar, carbon or glass fiber, it is also used in the aerospace sector.
Where to buy epoxy resin?
If you are wondering where to buy epoxy resin, the shops that deal with this type of products are hardware stores and those specializing in building and construction items, paint and paint retailers, or shops that sell materials and accessories for artistic use.
A simpler alternative, however, and potentially cheaper than shops, is represented by online shopping. On the internet, in fact, epoxy resin can be purchased directly from the manufacturing companies, through their websites, or by accessing one of the many generic e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon for example, or on those specialized in the sale of items and materials for hobby and DIY.
What does epoxy resin not attack on?
The epoxy resin absolutely does not adhere to Teflon and to glossy or glassy surfaces in general; moreover, it does not even stick to plastic substances such as PVC, PTFE, PE, nylon, polycarbonate and silicone rubber, which is used precisely to create the molds and models for pouring the resin.
Some of the materials indicated, however, can be suitably treated; the polyethylene, for example, can be heated with the flame in order to favor the chemical adhesion with the polymers of the resin. The glossy surfaces of nylon and polycarbonate, on the other hand, can be sanded in order to increase the roughness and microporosity, favoring in this case the mechanical adhesion between them and the resin.
These solutions, however, do not always offer a lasting result, especially if applied with artisanal and do-it-yourself methods.