This is an infographic detailing the differences between several kinds of resin that are used widely in the art field: epoxy resin, UV resin, polyurethane resin, and polyester resin. This can help you better understand these resins and make appropriate choices before you do the resin art. It mainly compares the resins from the following factors: cured color, odor, toxic, pot time(work time), cure method, cure time, bond strength, self-leveling, UV resistance, moisture resistance, heat deflection temperature(soften), heat resistance(melted), scratch resistance, and shelf life.
UV resin and epoxy resin are expensive than polyurethane resin and polyester resin. But they can be crystal clear after hardening and this is vital to many resin art projects. Most of these resins cure by mixing two parts – resin and hardener. UV resin is an exception that only hardens with UV light. By learning the heat deflection temperature of these resins, you will know what objects can be put on a resin plate while others can not. You will also know when to use up the resin so they can exert their best performance.
Then how to choose a resin that works for you? It depends on what you want it to do. If you want to save dried flowers or save photos, epoxy resin is a good choice because its cured color is transparent. If you are working on resin jewelry, UV resin might be the best option because it has no pot time so is much more flexible to manipulate. If you want a resin that doesn’t cost too much, you can go with polyurethane resin or polyester resin. However, you have to keep in mind that they are very sensitive to moisture and need to be handled properly. Check out the detailed infographic for clear contrast information and get more insights about how to choose the proper resin for your art.