In this article, learn the 11 best epoxy resin application tools in 2019.

Introduction

Whether I build a resin and wood table or create resin art, the epoxy resin application tools I use help me produce the best projects possible.

Additionally, I show you the most efficient way to clean epoxy resin tools and to remain safe while working with epoxy resin.

I personally own each of these epoxy resin application tools.

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Best Epoxy Resin

In order to use epoxy resin tools, you need epoxy resin.

Obviously, there are many epoxy resin products on the market. 

Some are specific to certain applications while others are more versatile.

Additionally, I encourage you to read my in-depth article about the best epoxy resin to use for different applications.

All Purpose Epoxy Resin

Ultimately, most folks simply want a dependable epoxy resin to use for a variety of projects.

In turn, I recommend Pro Marine Table Top Epoxy Resin.

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Pro Marine performs well on epoxy resin and wood projects, resin art, resin casting, and as a protective top coat.

Best Epoxy Resin for Thick Pours

Normally, epoxy resin limits the thickness of pours to 1/4″ to 1/8″ due to heat.

In turn, there are epoxy resins which cure very slowly. As a result, this allows pours up to 4″ thick.

The best epoxy resin for thick pours is SuperClear 2.0.

Best Epoxy Resin for Top Coat

An epoxy top coat protects the resin art or wood table top. Arguably, this coat is the most important as it is the most visible.

The best epoxy resin for top coat is Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy.

stonecoat countertop epoxy for wood table top

Essentially, this epoxy can be used for resin table tops, casting projects such as my epoxy resin ocean table, outdoor epoxy bar tops, or to recoat a countertop.

stonecoat countertop epoxy flood coat trowel 1/8"
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Epoxy Bar Top stonecoat countertop epoxy seal coat

Plastic Measuring Containers

Most epoxy resin, such as Pro Marine table top epoxy mentioned above, is measured by volume.

In turn, I use measuring containers to add equal parts of Part A and Part B.

epoxy resin mixing container

How to reuse epoxy resin mixing containers? 

Clean the measuring containers with 91% rubbing alcohol or acetone to reuse them.

Nitrile Gloves

In order to protect my hands, I use nitrile gloves.

Also, I am a fairly big guy (6’7″ and 220 pounds). 

Consequently, I have big hands.  These gloves come in all sizes.

epoxy resin river pour with blue metallic pigment

Rubbing Alcohol or Acetone

Inevitably, epoxy resin finds my floor on just about every project.

How To Clean Epoxy Resin Application Tools?

Acetone removes epoxy resin from any surface and cleans epoxy resin tools very well.

Also, I always seem to get resin on my hands or clothes. 

epoxy resin cleanup using acetone

How to Remove Epoxy Resin from Clothes?

Rubbing alcohol works great for removing resin from clothes or skin.

Digital Scale

As I mentioned earlier, most resin is measured by volume.

However, some resin requires a measurement by weight.

A digital scale makes it easy to measure 2 part resin by weight.

epoxy resin digital scale

Mixing Sticks

In order to mix epoxy resin, I use 2 types of mixing sticks.

First, I use paint mixing sticks for large epoxy resin mixtures.

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I use craft mixing sticks for smaller mixtures.

If you are on a budget, use pieces of scrap wood.  However, make sure to remove dust from the wood before mixing epoxy resin.

Silicone Caulk

In order to prevent epoxy resin leaks, I use silicone caulk to seal river tables and on epoxy resin molds.

Not only does silicone caulk seal, but it also does not bond to epoxy resin.  

In turn, it is easy to remove.

Seal epoxy resin mould with silicone caulk.

Respirator

While many epoxy resin have low VOC, I still wear a respirator (most of the time).

I recommend a respirator while working around or with any foreign chemical or material.

Resin Glow Powder, Mica Pigment Powder, and Dye

Most resin art projects and epoxy river tables contain mica pigment powder, dye, or resin glow powder.

Each of these add a unique effect to epoxy resin.

What is the best way to add color to resin?

Resin Pigment powder, acrylic paint and resin dye are the best way to add color and unique effects to resin. 

First, acrylic paint is a viable option to color resin for an opaque look.

resin casting with silicone mould and red opaque pigment

Mica pigment powder for resin comes in many different colors and looks such as pearl, mica, and many others. 

These mica pigment powder are used for soap, slime, and epoxy resin projects.

epoxy resin mixed with metallic black pigment powder

Resin Glow Powder

I enjoy using phosphorescent powder, or resin glow powder, on my projects to make the resin glow without lights.

Beach Inspired river table with glow in the dark resin

More specifically, many of my epoxy ocean inspired tables and beach inspired tables glow to emphasize the water features.

Resin Glow Powder

How long does resin glow powder (phosphorescent powder) last?

Phosphorescent powder can glow for hours depending upon how it is charged. 

Essentially, glow powder charges via sunlight (natural light) and UV black lights provide the best charge for glow powder.

Heat Gun or Mini Torch

Often times, air pockets form when pouring resin and need to be removed before the resin cures.

How to reduce bubbles in resin pours?

To reduce bubbles in resin pours, mix the resin with a slow circular pattern rather than using a ‘whipping’ action.

In order to remove air pockets and bubbles from resin, I use a heat gun or mini torch depending upon the situation.

A mini torch removes bubbles from resin very efficiently. 

I recommend using a swooping action and do not allow the flame to touch the resin.

remove bubbles from epoxy resin with torch

Often times, I elect to use my heat gun to remove air pockets from resin. 

More specifically, I use it most when working with resin mica pigment powder. 

The heat gun moves the resin which allow the mica fragments to spread evenly.

Since heat guns blow warm air, they often introduce foreign contaminants such as dust – especially when working in a wood shop.

heat gun to remove bubbles and blend resin ocean waves

Plastic Spreaders

Mostly, I use flexible plastic spreaders to apply resin seal coats on wood.  

Resin does not adhere to plastic very well which makes it easy to remove the resin from the spreader.

plastic spreader for epoxy resin

Conclusion

The 11 best epoxy resin application tools in 2019 are:

  1. Pro Marine Epoxy Resin
  2. Measuring Containers
  3. Nitrile Gloves
  4. Isopropyl Alcohol or Acetone
  5. Digital Scale
  6. Mixing Sticks
  7. Silicone Caulk
  8. Respirator
  9. Mica Pigment Powder & Glow Powder
  10. Heat Gun or Mini Torch
  11. Plastic Spreaders

 I hope this article on the 11 Best Epoxy Resin Application Tools in 2019 provided you with value.

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