Take hold. The Cary Company offers a variety of resins for use in many industries, including paint and coatings, adhesives, graphic arts, sealants, printing inks and more. With paint, resin is the binding agent that holds the pigment in place. Resin is commonly used in various different applications, from solvent-based and water-based industrial coatings to architectural coatings. Resins are used to improve hardness, gloss, dry time, improve water repellency and more.