What Are Resins?

Reinforced Plastics Lab is a trusted dealer and supplier of quality resins. Resins are a highly common material and is either a solid or highly viscous substance of plant or synthetic origin that is usually then converted into polymers. These polymers are then a mixture of organic compounds. As for resin itself, it is a natural material that plants produce in accordance with an injury. The resin acts as a bandage and protects the plant from invading insects and pathogens.

Types of Resins

Most plants produce resin that is composed mainly terpenes and derivatives. Terpenes have a strong odor and can protect plants by stopping herbivores due to the smell. The smell also attracts predators and parasites of herbivores. This mechanism allows for plants to avoid consumption by possible animals. There are also fossil resins, like amber, which comes from trees. 

There are two different types of resins:

  • plant resin
  • synthetic resin

Plant Resins

Let's start with the plant resins. They are valued for their production of varnishes, adhesives and food glazing agents. They can also synthesize in the creation of other organic compound, which makes them a sought after raw material. The oldest known use of a plant resin is as an adhesive for stone tools. That occurred during the Middle Stone Age in Southern Africa. Hard to argue its value when it has been around for that long.

Hard and transparent resins are also part of the plant resin family. These include resins such as:

  • copal
  • dammar
  • sandarac

These resins are typically used for varnishes and adhesives, whereas softer resins, like turpentine and frankincense, are used for food and incense and therapeutic purposes. Some resins have the capability to flavor certain foods. Plant resins are natural and can be safely used for a variety of applications.

Synthetic Resins

Let's start with synthetic resins. These are resins which are materials that have properties similar to natural plant resins. There are many materials that are produced by the conversion of synthetic resins to solids. There are different classes of this sort of resin. Some can be manufactured by the esterfication of organic compounds. Some are thermosetting plastics. And some are both. The process and hardening of these resins vary and are ultimately the determining factor to how they are classified.

Trusted Supplier of Resins

Reinforced Plastics Lab has years of experience in the industry and our knowledgeable staff is here to help you with any questions you may have about resins. We are a trusted supplier of resins and ship nationwide. Resins have many uses for a variety of industries. Please contact us today to learn more about our selection of resins and learn how they can help your business. The number to call is: 631-249-5490. We will gladly answer and questions or concerns you may have about our line of products.