In this article, learn how to choose the best epoxy resin for wood to use for thick pours, resin river tables, and resin art projects.
Also, I show you the most important factors to consider when choosing an epoxy to achieve the best results possible.
I included a free resin calculator at the end of this post, so be sure to download it before you go.
Epoxy Mistakes and Lessons Learned
After many years, I learned the importance of choosing the best epoxy resin for wood projects.
In the past, I used the wrong epoxy and ruined unique resin wood tables.
Additionally, I wasted money on epoxy resin tools I thought I needed, but never used.
Most importantly, I hope the information in this article prevents you from making costly mistakes like the one below.
I use each epoxy product in this article on resin projects.
Furthermore, I am not affiliated or sponsored by any of these companies.
The opinions in this article are my own based on my experience.
Type of Wood and Resin Projects
Before choosing the best epoxy resin for your project, classify your project as either an epoxy casting project or an epoxy coating project.
Casting epoxy are used for clear encasing and suspensions.
For example, you pour the epoxy into a mold to retain the same shape.
For example, use casting resin for deep pours in a resin river table
Coating resins are used to coat objects to make them stronger, easy to clean, water resistant, and/or rust proof.
A thin layer of epoxy can also preserve objects and glue things together.
For example, use coating resin for a epoxy table top coat or a resin art project.
Selecting the Right Epoxy Resin
I categorize epoxy resin types into 4 types to help me choose the best option.
- Deep Pour Epoxy (2″ or greater)
- Best Epoxy for Table Tops
- Best Epoxy for Woodworking
- Epoxy Resin for Art Projects
In addition to the project type, you should consider these questions to make sure the epoxy fits within your environment and workflow.
Best Epoxy Resin for Thick Pours
Large projects such as a resin river table require deep pour epoxy to get the job done with one pour.
Liquid glass superclear 2.0 allows resin pours up to 4″ deep and cures to a crystal clear finish with no air bubbles.
Best Tabletop Resin
My favorite epoxy resin for table tops and epoxy countertops is Stonecoat Countertop Epoxy.
More importantly, it is very durable and scratch resistant, which is perfect for wood table top coats and countertops.
Best Epoxy Resin for Woodworking
First, my favorite epoxy for woodworking is TotalBoat Epoxy.
Obviously, woodworking tends to be a loose term as it covers a wide range of disciplines.
To clarify, I am referring to resin inlays in wood and using resin to repair wood cracks, wood checks, and wood knots.
Epoxy for Resin Art Projects
In order to be more specific, resin art epoxy is best for pouring on a flat surface such as a resin canvas art project.
Also, I used this on my wood and resin ocean wave art tutorial and it performed really well.
Also, the epoxy I use for art projects varies greatly.
Resin art tends to be forgiving so all types of epoxy work well.
In my opinion, the best epoxy for resin art is Art n Glow Epoxy Resin.
Essentially, this resin can be used for everything and it does the job adequately.
In other words, it is ‘good enough’ for most folks.
Keep in mind, this resin can only be poured at 1/8″ thick layers, which doesn’t make it a good fit for river tables.
If used for a river table, this epoxy will need to be poured in multiple layers.
Thus, introducing more opportunities for human error.
Tools Needed for Epoxy Projects
As mentioned, using the correct epoxy tools and disposables can ‘make or break’ your project.
Additionally, they make an resin project easy or much more difficult.
What are the tools needed for Epoxy Projects?
- Micro Torch
- Heat Gun
- Tape Dispenser
- Tuck Tape
- Wiper Squeegee
- 1/8″ Notch Trowel
- Helix Paint Mixer
- Chop Brush
- Mixing Sticks
- Plastic Mixing Buckets
How to clean epoxy tools?
Isopropyl alcohol removes epoxy from tools.
Keep in mind, this only works before the epoxy cures.
What can be used to color epoxy?
What is the best glow in the dark powder for resin?
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common reason for resin to turn yellow is UV light exposure. The UV rays damage the polymers within the epoxy, which causes it to turn yellow.
Epoxy is self leveling, which makes it ideal to use for woodworking, table top coats, and resin art.
Yes, epoxy bonds to wood and works well to fill voids in wood such as cracks, knots, and checks.
Pouring multiple layers of epoxy is possible. To ensure proper adhesion, sand the bottom layer with a high grit sandpaper.
In conclusion, I hope these epoxy resin tips showed you how to choose best epoxy resin for your DIY project.
And, please leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say hello – I’m happy to help.