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In this article, learn the 11 best epoxy resin application tools in 2020.
- 11 Best Epoxy Resin Application Tools
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 and use each of these epoxy resin application tools.
Best Epoxy Resin
In order to use epoxy resin tools, you need epoxy resin.
Obviously, there are many epoxy resin products on the market which confuse many folks.
Some are specific to certain applications while others are more versatile.
In order to make choosing epoxy resin easier, I segmented them into 3 different applications.
- All Purpose Epoxy Resin
- Best Epoxy Resin for Deep Pour
- Best Epoxy Resin for Table Top Coat
Additionally, I wrote an in-depth article about the best epoxy resin to use for different applications you may be interested in reading.
All Purpose Epoxy Resin
Ultimately, most folks simply want an affordable epoxy resin to use for a variety of projects such as woodworking or resin art.
Epoxy Resin for Art Projects
However, this epoxy resin cannot be used for epoxy pours deeper than 1/8″ to 1/4″.
Epoxy Resin for Woodworking
The best epoxy resin for woodworking is Total Boat Epoxy.
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 deep epoxy resin pours from 2″ up to 4″ thick.
The best epoxy resin for deep epoxy pours from 2″ to 4″ thick is SuperClear 2.0.
Furthermore, another fantastic product for deep epoxy pours up to 2″ thick is ecopoxy.
Ecopoxy performs just as well as superclear 2.0 with added benefits and a heftier price tag.
Other benefits include low voc, low odor, UV resistant, and a natural bio-based formula.
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 and provides protection.
The best epoxy resin for top coat is Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy.
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.
How to reuse epoxy resin mixing containers?
Clean the measuring containers with 91% rubbing alcohol or acetone to reuse them.
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.
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.
How to Remove Epoxy Resin from Clothes?
Rubbing alcohol works great for removing resin from clothes or skin.
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.
In order to mix epoxy resin, I use 2 types of mixing sticks.
First, I use paint mixing sticks for large epoxy resin mixtures.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Resin Glow Powder
I enjoy using phosphorescent powder, or resin glow powder, on my projects to make the resin glow without lights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 11 best epoxy resin application tools in 2020 are:
- Best Epoxy Resin
- Measuring Containers
- Nitrile Gloves
- Isopropyl Alcohol or Acetone
- Digital Scale
- Mixing Sticks
- Silicone Caulk
- Mica Pigment Powder & Glow Powder
- Heat Gun or Mini Torch
- Plastic Spreaders
I hope this article on the 11 Best Epoxy Resin Application Tools in 2020 provided you with value.
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