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Which Resin is Best for Coasters?

Which resin should you choose?

Let's talk resin coaster making...

We asked Resin Artist Laura why she loves Apex Resin One Coat for her resin coasters.

Coasters are my main seller as a resin artist and something I make almost daily. I need my coasters to be durable, as heat resistant as possible, highly shiny and have a quick cure time to fulfil demand quicker. Therefore, my absolute number one resin for this is the Apex One Coat Resin as it ticks every single box!

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This resin has one of the highest heat resistance ratings I’ve seen in a resin, being able to withstand up to 100 degrees making them perfect for hot drinks. 

The resin sets with a very shiny and glossy finish and is touch dry in 2 hours - another unique feature of this product. Full cure is 3 days which is unbelievable as most resins require much longer, with some needing up to 30 days for full cure! This really reduces my turnaround time for customers which helps me to complete more orders. 

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I then recommend pouring the mixed resin into a new pot before pouring. After pouring, allow the resin to work it’s magic at removing the bubbles itself - they literally float to the surface and many pop on their own!

 

 

 

After 15 minutes if there’s any tiny surface bubbles remaining I just apply a little heat or alcohol spray and they’re gone. You’re then left with the most durable, shiny coasters you could possibly hope for!

Laura x

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4 comments

  • Hi James, our Apex Resin One Coat would be the best resin for this as it is a thicker resin perfect for coating and doming. It is heat resistant to 120 degrees celsius. We would recommend if you have poured in a mould to add the top coat whilst still in the mould. This keeps the resin in place as the top coat cures to produce a better finish and avoids too much resin wastage. Hope this helps : )

    Just4youonlineUK
  • Hi, I read the above comment about a higher heat resistance resin what would you recommend as a top coat and would you do the top coat once demoulded etc? Just brush the heat resistant resin on? I’ve used craft art resin on my coasters and has a temp rating of 95 degrees
    Thanks in advance
    James

    James
  • Hi Shabena, not a silly question at all, always better to ask and it is actually quite a common question! It isn’t absolutely necessary to add a topcoat if you are happy with the results. However, we do recommend this as it adds extra protection and gives the resin it’s complete heat resistance (pigments and other additives can reduce the heat resistance of the resin) I hope this helps, if you need more help just ask. Laura : )

    Just4youonlineUK

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