Black liquid pigment being added to a cup of mixed epoxy resin

There is no denying the fact that an epoxy resin coating is the best choice to protect your tabletop, countertop, and bar top surfaces. However, due to the sheer number of epoxy products available on the market today, you might find it difficult to choose the best clear epoxy resin for your project.

In this article, we take a look at five key factors you should consider while choosing an epoxy resin for your project.

Epoxy resin being added to a cup for mixing

Compatibility with Different Materials

Choose an epoxy resin which can be applied on different types of materials like wood, metal, concrete, granite, marble, porcelain, ceramic, quartz, laminate, and bamboo. The higher the level of compatibility, the better it will be for you. You can use the same epoxy for your tabletop, kitchen countertop, bathroom countertop, bar top, and floor – even if they are made of different materials.

Hardness and Durability

This is undoubtedly the most important factor you should take into account while choosing the best clear epoxy resin for your DIY projects. Look for an epoxy resin which is scratch-resistant and has a Shore D Hardness Rating of 90 or higher. It is the best indicator of an epoxy’s durability.

Ability to Retain Its Shine

Low-quality epoxy resins are incapable of retaining their shine for a long time. After a certain point, they tend to wear out, lose their shine, and turn visibly yellow. So, look for an epoxy resin which is made of non-fade polymers and can retain its shine for a really long time without fading or turning yellow.

Heat Resistance

The best clear epoxy resin for your projects – particularly kitchen countertop and charcuterie board projects – is one which is heat resistant. Ideally, it should be able to withstand temperatures up to 135ºF. It’s vital to assess the type of surface that you need to coat with epoxy. The heat resistance of the epoxy resin product should be appropriate to its application and the surface properties.

Free of Harmful Chemicals

When it comes to choosing the best clear epoxy resin for your project, you should not only take the epoxy’s utility into account, but also find out whether it is actually safe to be used. A lot of low-quality epoxy resins are known to contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can severely affect your health in the long term.

VOCs can be emitted from the surface even at room temperature. So, if you use a low-quality epoxy resin for your countertop, you might expose yourself – and your family – to VOCs without even realizing it. This is why you should make sure the epoxy resin you choose is 100% free of VOCs.

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