Types of Resin

Types of Resin


Some of the things resin is used for:

Coating wood crafts

Furniture coatings as a protection

Stone surfaces such as granite and marble are often coated with resin. This protects against damage and stains.

Jewelry - make a mold and pour liquid resin in and voilá!

…as well as keychains, smart phone covers,

Resin figurines.  From Warhammer to Christmas decorations to children’s toys.  Miniatures.  Almost any statue or sculpture that one can imagine.  One just has to make a mold and pour in the liquid resin.  Then paint to your liking.

Your crafts, Warhammer or statues could be made from more than one of the resins listed below.  Warhammer figurines for example would use the polystyrene resin for molds. 

Resin Figurines come in all shapes and sizes.

Types of Resin

I’ve tried to give a short description of different types of resin here. Most websites are very technical and if you want something more detailed, you can search them individually. 

Your crafts, Warhammer or statues could be made from more than one of these.

Warhammer figurines for example would use the polystyrene resin for molds. 

All of the resins listed below are referred to as ‘thermoplastic polymer resins’.

Here is a great definition of ‘polymer’ from livescience.com:

“Polymers are materials made of long, repeating chains of molecules.  the materials have unique properties, depending on the type of molecules being bonded and how they are bonded.  Some polymers bend and stretch, like rubber and polyester.  Others are hard and tough, like epoxies and glass.” 

The word polymer comes from the Greek words: ‘many parts’.    

AND ‘thermoplastic’ is a type of polymer that can be softened through heating and then processed either as a soft solid (such as through thermoforming) or as a  liquid (such as with extrusion or injection moulding).”  from twi-global.com

Polyester Resin

These resins are oft used in the marine industry due to their improved water resistance.  Used for laminating.  Will gel on their own if left for a lengthy period.

Acrylic Resin

Can be repeatedly heated and shaped.  It is combined with different components, often including a hardener, to achieve this.

Alkyd Resin

Is an organic polyester resin.  Fatty acids and other compounds are added. Used as the film forming agent with paints and clear coatings.

Used with paints and varnishes, makes these more durable thus making them best for exterior coatings.

Polyamide Resin

A thermoplastic (thermo=heat) like nylon and Kevlar that, like Acrylic resin, can be formed and reheated and melted without losing their innate characteristics. The chemical compound remains the same when hardened.  It’s transparent finish also makes it suitable for exterior coatings, paint and varnish.  Water resistant.

Polycarbonate Resin

Again, a thermoplastic, which can be formed, heated and reformed without losing basic chemical properties.  You see this type of resin all the time: prescription lenses, face shields, headlight covers on cars, streetlamp, skylights, water bottles, blenders, etc.

Polyethylene Resin

Similar to polycarbonate resin in that it can be formed, then remelted keeping inherent characteristics.  That is, the heating and reforming doesn’t change the chemical make up.  There are different types.   Common uses of this type of resin are, milk and water jugs, plastic bags, plastic wrap for packaging.  This type of resin is the most difficult is not impossible to glue.

Phenolic Resin

Originally named Bakelite, this is one of the most versatile of the resins.  Can stand extreme temperatures.  Examples of use: billiard balls, counter tops, circuit boards.  And as many other types of resin, can be used as coatings or laminate. Brake pads and shoes and other cars parts are also made from this, partly due to the extreme temperature tolerances.

Polypropylene Resin

You see this one every day.  It is used for fibre optics, to make carpeting, plastic containers, lab equipment as it has a high heat tolerance and is even used in paper products. Because of the high heat tolerance, products made from polypropylene can be put in the microwave or dishwasher.

These plastics, when used for food or similar packaging do not leech into the food products.

Epoxy Resin

This one is what is used for all sorts of crafts, table tops, etc.

Comes as a liquid and can be poured into molds onto a flat surface.  They then go quite solid.  Resulting in a rich gloss appearance.  Will set up completely clear unless colours are added. 

Polystyrene Resin

The plastic on the inside of your refrigerator is made of this type of resin.  Great insulator, it is used in electrical components as insulating panels.  Plastic razors, styrofoam cups, packaging inserts. 

And it is recyclable.

Has low softening temperatures and wears well, which is why it has so many different uses.

Silicone Resin

A very stable resin used often as binders in paints and varnishes.  Excellent heat resistance and being water repellant often used for coatings.

Used as molds for crafts such as jewelry and other decorations.

If you want to get way more technical information on these different types of resins, check out www.thomasnet.com

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Arrow Inserts Repaired Quickly and Easily -Video

Arrow Inserts Repaired Quickly and Easily -Video

Repair Arrow Inserts with Mister Glue

A little while ago I purchased a compound bow.  I’d have a recurve bow that I’d been using from time to time. Watching others accuracy with compound bows made me want one.

I finally purchased one a few months ago and love it.  We have enough property out back so I set up some straw bales with rubber mats and cardboard to shoot against. 

I’m improving much more quickly with this bow.

The arrowheads take a beating and a couple of the inserts that hold the arrowheads came out.  I used Mister Glue to reaffix them.  The glue itself would have likely been fine but wanting to forestall them coming out again, I also put a touch of Accelerator on one side first.  The Accelerator is not absolutely necessary in this instance.  I've just used it here as demonstration. 

Important (Very Important!!)

When you have the Accelerator applied and the glue to the other side and are going to place the insert into the arrow, be quick.  If you get it part way in and hesitate, well, that’s likely where it is going to stay. 

Also, after jamming the insert in, hold the arrow so that any excess glue runs into the arrow instead of back into the arrowhead.  It sets extremely quickly so this will only be necessary to do for a few seconds.

I haven’t yet tried fletching my own arrows with Mister Glue.  Others have successfully.  I’m not quite there yet.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Mister Glue and its application.  I’ll answer as best as I can.

Check this link out for a list of general instructions and safety 


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Kitchen Cupboard Garbage Bag Holder with Video

Kitchen Cupboard Garbage Bag Holder with Video

Kitchen Garbage Bag Holder

Our kitchen cupboard under the sink holds our garbage bag holder.  The door is too thin.  Any screws that we use, if they are going to be secure enough to hold will be sticking all the way through.  Not a good look. 

We cut a small piece of plywood, the right size to fit the frame of the holder.  Clean the surface of the inside of the door where the wood plate is going.  Any bits of paint or wood from old screw holes.

The tighter the fit of the two pieces being glued the better the fit. 

Apply Accelerator to the porous plywood.  Let that sit while you apply Mister Glue to the painted wood.  You don’t have to give a solid covering but get the edges and criss-cross it a bit.  I drew a pencil line around where the piece of wood was going. 

Then press the two pieces firmly together. In this case I held them together for a good minute or so.  Likely didn’t need that long but…

At this point it is not coming apart but as full cure time is a few hours I gave a couple of hours before screwing in the frame of the bag holder.  It has been a couple of weeks of banging around with no loosening. 

It’s not going anywhere!

Mister Glue will bond pretty much anything to anything

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Testimonial – “nothing can come close to it”

Testimonial – “nothing can come close to it”


I received this email last evening:


"Just wanted you to know that I finally ran out of your glue from a previous purchase and nothing can come close to it! I’m a customer for life (although at my age, that may not be saying a whole lot!) Take care and thank you for your wonderful product!"

- Teresa E., Texas

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Video about Broken Resin Figurine Repaired

Video about Broken Resin Figurine Repaired

Repair a Resin Figurine

Resin has a pretty slick surfacer and can be difficult to glue. Epoxies work but often one does not get a really tight fit requiring some touch up around the seam where the two pieces bonded. 

With Mister Glue and similar types of glue, the tighter the fit, the better the bond.  You want the two parts being glued together as close together as possible.  This puts the edges close enough that it is often very difficult to tell where the seam is. 

The figurine in the video here had a clean break.  No chips broke off at the edges.  That always helps. 


Make sure the surfaces are clean.  Try not to scratch or score the surfaces.  Practice.  Take the two pieces and gently practice putting them together before you apply accelerator or glue.  With Mister Glue, the less moving about once the parts are squeezed together, the better.

Once you are comfortable with that, apply a bit of Accelerator to one side only.  You actually want to let that sit open to the air for a 10-15 seconds.  Apply the glue to the other surface.  You don’t need much, just enough so the whole surface will be covered when you press the two surfaces together. 

Push two parts together - again you want a perfect fit, no gaps.  That’s why you practice first. 

Hold for 10-20 seconds or so.  I always give it a little extra just to be sure.  Mister Glue is very fast.

Full cure time is several hours.  That said, I’ve taken a ceramic plate that I’d glued together and intentionally broken it after about 45 minutes.  It broke somewhere else, not on the original break. 

If you can still see the seam, you can touch up with a little bit of paint. 

The best package for resin repair is:

Combo Package 1(One Glue/One Accelerator)
Combo Package 1(One Glue/One Accelerator)
Package includes one bottle of Mister Glue and One bottle of Mister Glue's Accelerator
Price: $34.00
Price: $32.00

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