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Best Epoxy Resin – How to Choose Epoxy Resin

Best Epoxy Resin – How to Choose Epoxy Resin

In this article, learn about the best epoxy resin to use for thick pours, woodworking, river tables, resin art and the essential tools and materials for all epoxy resin projects.

Also, I show how to choose epoxy resin based on your DIY project.
In addition, I included a free resin calculator at the end of this post, so be sure to grab it before you go.

Epoxy Projects

After many projects, I’ve learned the hard way the importance of choosing the ideal resin.
Additionally, I have bought cheap epoxy and ruined unique resin wood tables and purchased tools I thought I needed, but I never used.
Most importantly, epoxy is not cheap and the success of a project depends on choosing the correct one. 
So, the time it took to put together this article is absolutely worth it if I can save one person from making the same costly mistakes.

Best Epoxy Resin

I presently use each epoxy product in this article on my resin projects.
In addition, I am not affiliated with any of these companies nor am I sponsored by them.
This is my honest, unbiased opinion based on the performance.
Also, if my opinion changes or I experience issues with any of these products, I’ll remove it from this list immediately.

Working with Epoxy

First, the type of epoxy I use depends on the project requirements – allow me to explain.

To illustrate my point, I’ll use american football as an example.
Would it be a good idea to put a Quarterback on the offensive line or vice versa? Of course not!
Furthermore, a quarterback’s years of training as well as his physical attributes were specifically honed to throw a football, read defenses, and lead the team.
Obviously, the same applies to an offensive lineman.

Each epoxy was developed to serve a specific function and perform well on certain projects.
In turn, it serves me well to use each to utilize the strength of the product in the right situation in order to maximize its performance.

Essentially, it won’t end well if you use epoxy manufactured for art projects on a river table that requires 4″ thick epoxy pour.

Furthermore, my epoxy projects fit within 4 categories.

  1. Deep Pour Epoxy (2″ or greater)
  2. Best Epoxy for Table Tops
  3. Best Epoxy for Woodworking
  4. Epoxy Resin for Art

Best Epoxy Resin for Thick Pours

To start, my favorite epoxy resin for thick pours such as river tables is Liquid Glass Superclear 2.0.
Ultimately, 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.
In addition, I’ve heard great things about ecopoxy. I haven’t used it yet, but hope to in the near future.

best epoxy resin for thick pours

Epoxy Resin for Table Tops

First, I refer to epoxy for table tops as a protective top coat.
For example, the type of protective coating I used on my epoxy bar top and reclaimed wood farmhouse table.
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 for table top stonecoat

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.

Additionally, TotalBoat sells a great product to seal wood surfaces called Penetrating Epoxy.
Penetrating Epoxy seals the surface to get it ready for an outdoor protective varnish or table top epoxy.

Total Boat Epoxy Table Top

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.

best epoxy resin for art projects

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?

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?

Art ‘N Glow is my favorite epoxy glow powder to use.
In addition, they have many colors to choose from and sample kits available.

Protection Gear

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does epoxy resin turn yellow?

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.

Is epoxy resin self leveling?

Epoxy is self leveling, which makes it ideal to use for woodworking, table top coats, and resin art.

Does epoxy resin bond to wood?

Yes, epoxy bonds to wood and works well to fill voids in wood such as cracks, knots, and checks.

Can I pour multiple layers of epoxy?

Pouring multiple layers of epoxy is possible. To ensure proper adhesion, sand the bottom layer with a high grit sandpaper.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I hope you learned 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.

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