The art market is flooded with different types of casting resins. Each bears a different set of properties and is therefore suited for specific applications. There are a lot of possibilities in store and deciding which resin is suitable for a task requires a clear understanding of its purpose and effects.
The main types of resins used in artworks are:
Polyester resin: This is also known as fiberglass resin as this resin is used as a binder in fiberglass products. It comes as a viscous, honey like liquid and is a contact product which does not require any pressure to cure. The resin cures within hours to give a very hard finish. It can be sanded and polished to yield a clear and shiny surface.
Polyester resin is easy to use and emerges as the cheapest of all resins. However, the resin products are not UV resistant and can break easily when dropped. Moreover, the resin itself emits a noxious odor that is dangerous to health. Using a respirator is always advisable.
Epoxy resin: This is an all