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Epoxy Resin

Epoxy Resin is undoubtedly the Resin of the moment. Even new customers looking to get started with Resin as part of a new career or hobby have Epoxy Resin as their first choice. 

Its popularity in recent years has been fueled by a plethora of ‘how-to’ videos across various social media channels. During the pandemic, the volume of content available on how to use Epoxy Resin, particularly for projects like River Resin Tables, grew significantly. This was enabled by the restrictions that forced many to stay home and take up a new hobby as a result.

Epoxy Resin Supplies are readily available from FibreGlassDirect. With this in mind, let’s explore some of the key points that make Epoxy Resin so popular in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

What is Epoxy Resin?

Epoxy resin is a thermosetting polymer, a building material, and an adhesive system. Epoxy resin, in general, once cured, is solid and durable; it provides long-lasting protection against the elements and is not affected by ultraviolet light. 

What is Epoxy Resin used for?

Epoxy resin is widely used in construction as a hardening agent, especially in epoxy flooring and countertops. It offers the ultimate solution for the interior and exterior of your home. Applications include; decks and fences, concrete construction, metal repairs, flooring, countertops, and tile. 

Epoxy resin contains no wood products or laminates, making it ideal as a material that can be used to repair a variety of surfaces in your home. You can choose from different finishes to get the look you want, and epoxy resin can be applied on just about any surface.

Some popular Epoxy Resin projects that you have seen include;

  • River Resin Tables
  • Floor Sealing
  • Embedding Objects in Decorative Settings
  • Resin Art Covering
  • Bar Table Tops
  • Boat Building
  • Furniture Making
  • Filling Cracks or Holes in Wood

It is important to note that, similar to other Resin families, there is a variety of Epoxy Resin available depending on the project at hand.

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Types of Epoxy Resin

At FibreGlassDirect, there is a variety of Epoxy Resin to choose from. All listed are odourless and non-flammable. 

Marine Epoxy Resin

The Marine Epoxy Resin available is manufactured by Sicomin. This Epoxy Resin has been specially formulated for building marine composites: bonding, laminating and wood protection. It has excellent adhesion to all types of wood, and it has a low viscosity and will not crystallize. It is ideal for bonding reinforcement materials such as Glass or Carbon onto wood surfaces.

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Clear Casting Epoxy Resin

The TriCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin is a superb resin for making decorative items and coatings. It is available in multiple variations depending on the depth of pour required, e.g. TriCast 50 is suitable for pours up to 50mm. Two of the best selling Clear Epoxy Resins are on offer with 50% extra free

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Art Epoxy Resin

The Art Epoxy Resin is an optically Clear Epoxy Resin that is perfect for sealing and protecting artwork, paintings and sculptures. 

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Features of Epoxy Resin

  • High-cohesion
  • High-adhesive force
  • Impact-resistance
  • Corrosion-resistance
  • Chemical-resistance

The prominent features of epoxy resins are their high cohesion, high-adhesive force, impact resistance, corrosion resistance and chemical resistance, which can meet the demand for most applications in daily life. Prime advantages of Epoxy Resin include its high resistance to water and heat as well as a high degree of chemical inertness and temperature stability. Epoxy Resin is a fast-curing polymer resin, easy to use and provides a structured, high gloss finish. It can be sanded and drilled. It is used in the marine, automobile, electronics and home repair industries. Epoxy resin is an engineered product used to bond two or more substrates together, such as metals, ceramics, some types of stone and concrete. Epoxies are very hard, rigid and robust. They can be injection or hand-mixed in the workplace or in your own garage. Epoxy resin is a hardening material that offers both high strength and stiffness--and even cures underwater. The Resin reacts with an appropriate curing agent such as an amine or metal-based cure in an epoxy curing system. The resulting cured material is an extremely durable, fully interlocked solid with high impact strength, good abrasion resistance and high flexural strength. 

Epoxy resin is intended for use as a two-part adhesive, with epoxy resin and hardener. Whether used in pressure vessels or in structural installations, epoxy resins possess excellent curability and especially outstanding resistance to corrosion by water. Epoxy resin occurs naturally in many aquatic creatures when they go through biodegradation. It is a hard, translucent, and brittle substance. The material is defined by its main ingredients: Di hydroxide of ethylene and softeners. 

The primary use of epoxy resin is durably fixing metals, fibre-reinforced resins, glass fibre-reinforced plastic composites, and surfaces. It has wide applications in daily life, such as glueing, patching, casting, surface coating, etc. It is equally better for industrial use as it has good electrical strength, anti-corrosion, thermal stability, abrasion resistance and higher shear strength than standard resins. Epoxy Resin contains no solvents. Other properties include increased strength, excellent electrical and thermal insulating properties, and resistance to many chemical substances.

What is the Mix Ratio of Epoxy Resin?

The mix ratio of Epoxy Resin is dependent on the Resin at hand, and each mix will be determined by the manufacturer. For example, some Resins may be 1 part Resin, 1 part Hardener, and other Epoxy Resins may contain 2 parts Resin to 1 part Hardener. A Technical Data Sheet (TDS) usually has this information, with curing times and temperatures. If in doubt, contact the FibreGlassDirect team, who are happy to assist with any technical queries.

Is Epoxy Resin better than Polyester Resin?

Whilst Epoxy Resin is the preferred Resin for many in the craft industry, Polyester Resin still holds many benefits. One of the advantages of Polyester Resin is the cost, and polyester Resin is often significantly cheaper than its Epoxy counterpart.

Polyester is the preferred Resin choice for simple fibreglass repairs, fibreglass pond linings or flat roofing projects. It is still highly durable, easy to work with and readily available.

For more information on the differences between Epoxy and Polyester Resin, read the in-depth article for a deeper insight.

Epoxy Resin Pigments

For bespoke pieces of furniture made from Epoxy Resin, an Epoxy Pigment is often required. Pigments offer an endless amount of opportunities for creativity through colour. River Resin tables, for example, scale anywhere from the deepest blue to a blood red. Epoxy Pigments are available in 500g tubes. Generally, it is recommended to build the colour up to the desired gradient. Begin with the addition of a few drops and gradually increase, stirring throughout.

Where to Buy Epoxy Resin Supplies

FibreGlassDirect is one of the largest suppliers of Epoxy Resin in the UK and Ireland. We have a rich history in the composites market. As part of the Tricel Composites group of companies, we purchase directly from quality manufacturers, giving our customers the best Epoxy Resin supplies.

We believe in exemplary customer service. We welcome all project queries, no matter how big or small. Our Epoxy Resin Supplies cover all uses in the Epoxy industry, including Art, Furniture Making and Boat Building, to name but a few.

Why not visit our Epoxy Resin Supplies category to look at our products?