What is Epoxy Resin?

Epoxy Resin is being used in many art forms including jewelry, woodworking, paintings, geode art, river tables, counter tops, floors, jet-ski’s, surfboards, boat building and many more. It is because of this variety of applications as well as the trends that it is so popular nowadays.

Epoxy Resin is a very rewarding art form, and many people uses it in their hobbies. It is however also used in business and especially small business, seeing that you can make relatively expensive items by just using resin.
If you do a search on Pinterest, you will find thousands of ideas on how to use it and how to make stuff that you can sell at your local market and in shops.

Epoxy Resin Cutting Board

What is epoxy resin used for?

It is used for a variety of items which are not limited but does include

  • Geode Art
  • Jewellery
  • Coasters
  • Cutting Boards
  • Tables
  • River Tables
  • Live Edge Tables
  • Live Edge Tables
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen Tops
  • Splash Boards
  • Shower Walls
  • Bar Counter Tops
  • Boats
  • Surfboards
  • Jet-Skis
  • Woodwork
  • Art
  • Paintings
  • Covering Photos
  • Dried Flowers
  • Floors
  • And many more…

What is the difference of resin and epoxy?

Epoxy is part of the Resin family and although people refer to them as two separate products, Resin is actually the main category of which epoxy is a part. There are several resins which includes:
Polyester Resins
Phenolic Resins
Alkyd Resins
Polycarbonate Resins
Polyamide Resins
Polyurethane Resins
Silicone Resins
Epoxy Resins
Polyethylene Resins
Acrylic Resins
Polystyrene Resins
Polypropylene Resins

There are however also different types, and they are used for different types of work. The products that we sell comes in four different types.

Art Epoxy – used for art items, coasters, jewelry, and all pours up to 5mm
Table Top Epoxy – is mainly used for Counter Tops, Table Tops, filling small cracks in wood etc.
Casting Epoxy – is used for deeper pours (3 – 5 cm) in smaller areas.
Deep Casting Epoxy – is used for making River Tables, pouring deep pours of up to 100mm and pouring into moulds.
All Epoxy Resins can be poured in layers. Layers are normally very well connected, and it is sometimes impossible to see where layers connected.

Is it stronger than wood?

It is very strong, and it is is as hard as wood. Obviously, there are different types of wood hardness. You can however plane, saw, sand, and router it. It is extremely easy to work with although the epoxy dust can be a bit too much and you should use the appropriate protective gear.

Does epoxy yellow over time?

Yes, it does yellow over time. With that said, there are differences in if and how they will yellow depending on the UV resistant mediums that is mixed into the epoxies. Cheaper epoxies tend to yellow faster seeing that the UV resistant mediums that are used are expensive and manufacturers may use less of the products or inferior products. You will however not be able to tell the difference. Some manufacturers may also have cheaper and more expensive products with different levels of UV protection.

Which Epoxy Resin is used to make epoxy river tables?

Epoxy River Tables are normally made with either casting or deep casting epoxy for the river pour portion and Table Top Epoxy if the table is covered in a Layer.
The difference between casting and deep casting epoxy is mainly in the way that they heat up. Deep Casting Epoxy is what we call a slower Epoxy. It means it takes longer to cure and does not heat up that quickly. It can however still get very hot, and you must make sure that you take it into consideration with the materials that you use for building your moulds.
Deep Casting Epoxy also tend to have less bubbles in because the Epoxy is much thinner than the Casting.
Casting normally takes 2 days to set while Deep Casting takes about 3 days to set. Both however takes 7 days to fully cure.

How to handle Bubbles

Bubbles is a big problem and many newcomers have a problem dealing with it.
The Bubbles in Art and Tabletop Epoxy is not such a big problem seeing that they can almost always be taken out with a gas flame.
When it comes to Casting and Deep Casting Epoxy the problem intensifies. The best way to take out the bubbles in these types of epoxies is to spray a few squirts of Pourpoxy Bubble Pop Spray over the Mixture and let it rest for about 10 – 15 minutes. This breaks the surface of the Epoxy and let most of the bubbles escape. This means that you start your pour with relatively few bubbles. The less bubbles you have when you start, the easier it will be to get the rest out.

Can it be coloured?

Yes, it can be tinted with Epoxy Pigments which basically comes in three forms:

Where can you buy Epoxy Resin in South Africa?

E-Poxy imports products from Europe and distributes it in South Africa. The products are from very high quality and is easy to work with.
Orders are being sent by courier and can be purchased from the online shop at https://e-poxy.co.za