Clear Epoxy Resin

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Clear epoxy resin is a lightly viscous, fast-curing resin used extensively in the construction aviation and marine trades. There are literally dozens of uses to which the average homeowner or boat owner can put clear epoxy resin. It is totally appropriate for any number of construction, repair or sealing jobs. Users should be aware that there are many other kinds of resins on sale. There are polyester and fiberglass resins to name but two. When buying resin it's important to make sure you're getting the right one for the job.

In the marine industry, experts have discovered that a layer of clear epoxy resin over fiberglass greatly increases strength and resilience. Remember though that epoxy resin will yellow in sunlight so you need a layer of latex paint over it to protect it from the sun. Many epoxies appear light amber in color before they are used, but will dry to a clear finish as promised.

Clear Epoxy Resin in Construction

Construction companies use epoxy resin for many different tasks. It can be used as a sealant and primer on many different surfaces including wood. In fact, epoxy resin is recognized as the very best sealant for all kinds of wood surfaces in order to prevent or halt rot and provide a surface for painting. Resin can also be mixed with aggregate to be used as a highly successful economical and hard-wearing filler of infinite versatility. Epoxy resin is also often used for laminating, particularly laminating layers of wood together for flooring, for example.

Epoxy resin can be used with impunity for all manner of art and craft projects. For example, flower arrangers often use it in artificial floral arrangements to make them look even more lifelike. Arranged around the base of the arrangement, resin looks convincingly like water.

Tips for applying epoxy resin include applying the second or subsequent coats within 24 hours. That way you can avoid sanding down, which makes work lots easier. Epoxy resin behaves differently in different temperatures. In order to keep working in cold weather you need a special epoxy that won't refuse to cure in the lower temperatures. If you have a surface or object with many nooks and crannies that you want to cover with epoxy resin, you will need a thin, penetrating resin so it sinks into the deeper recesses of your surface. Finally, if you are spraying epoxy, or are sensitive to the fumes, then use a respirator to protect your lungs.

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