This infographic clarifies the differences of 4 kinds of resin that are commonly used for art: UV resin, epoxy resin, polyurethane resin, and polyester resin.
Learning the special features of different resins will allow you to choose wisely for a range of different resin projects. We also show the pros and cons of each kind of resin so you can have a clear understanding.
You can choose the resin according to their work time, cured time, cured method, cured color, heat resistance temperature, bond strength, self-leveling performance, UV resistance performance, moisture resistance performance, shelf life, prices, and other features.
Based on this infographic, your plan of the project matters when you choose the proper resin. If you are making resin jewelry, you might want a resin that can be transparent after curing. For this purpose, epoxy resin or UV resin is your first choice. If you want a cheap resin, polyurethane resin or polyester resin fits your bill. But be careful that these 2 kinds of resin are very sensitive to moisture and won’t cure crystal clear. If you’re used to thinking while you’re doing it, you’d better choose UV resin because it will only cure after you use a UV lamp. Before that, you have much time to think and operate. If you buy epoxy resin, you’d better use it within a year. Otherwise, its performance will degrade. You also should not place super hot cups on cured epoxy resin or it will be out of shape. If you want to save dried flowers or save photos, epoxy resin is a good choice because its cured color is transparent and doesn’t need a special tool to be hardened.
Check this comprehensive infographic to learn how to choose a proper resin for your art.