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What Is Resin And What Are The Different Types?

If you don’t already know what resin is, then it is a good job that you have landed on this page. You will find that the word resin is used a lot when it comes to furniture, and you might hear people asking which resin was used as the finish. In this article, we are going to discuss what resin is, what it’s used for, and what the different types are.

What Is Resin?

Resins are chemically altered polymers, that can be used for a variety of purposes. These are typically mixes of organic compounds, and each resin will have a different set of properties that make it unique. One of the uses of different variations of resins is a coating on furniture. You will find that many products have used resin to laminate the item. They can also be used for paints, lenses, bonding, safety helmets and so on.

Epoxy

Epoxy resins are some of the best that are available on the market. They have a strong resistance to thermal activity, as well as a resistance to degradation over time. They come highly recommended in terms of keeping corrosion away from your items. Epoxy can also be used as an adhesive mass for fibreglass, walls, plastics and carbon fibre. It forms an essentially leak-proof barrier for these types of materials and is one of the strongest resins that you will find anywhere.

Polyurethane

One of the biggest advantages that you will find with polyurethane is that it is tear resistant. So, if you are looking for a resin that has high tensile properties and is not likely to tear, you want to consider polyurethane. As well as this, it also bonds very well to a wide range of materials, especially during the manufacturing process.

If you are worried about weather extremes impacting your resin, you can put this worry to bed when using this resin. What this means, is that harsh temperatures such as severe cold or hot, will not cause degradation of the material.  

Polyether

If you are looking for a resin that is resistant to acids, alkalis and salts, polyether would be your best option. It can help to avoid corrosion when it comes to the three things listed above and can be welded to fit any type of structure. The most common uses for this resin include coatings for valves and pump gears.

Amines

The last resin that we are going to look at is Amines. This has an excellent resistance to heat, as well as solvents and chemicals. That’s what makes it such a good choice when it comes to laminating wood, paper coating, and other types of laminating.

It will all depend on what you are looking for from a resin, to which one you are going to need. They all have their individual strengths that make them suitable for certain tasks. This is why you need to do your research into each type of resin before you settle on the one for you.