can I put resin on wood?

So, you’ve got a project in mind. The first thing you thought of was “I’ll build it out of wood!” Then you remembered that your great-grandfather’s old house has some nice, sturdy beams that would be perfect for this project. And then: is it possible to put resin over wood? Well, let’s find out!

How do you apply resin to wood?

Once you’ve decided which method of application is best for your project, here are some tips:

  • Use a paintbrush and apply in thin coats.
  • Roll resin onto wood using a foam roller.
  • Apply with a sponge or rag (like how one would apply stain).
  • Dip cloths into resin and apply it directly to the wood

Can you resin over wood?

You might be asking yourself: can I put resin on wood? The answer is yes. But before we get into the details, there are some important considerations you need to make first.

For example, you’ll want to make sure that the wood you’re working with is suitable for this purpose. If you have an old piece of furniture or a table, for example, it may not hold up well under resin application—especially if it was already damaged when you started this project.

You also need to consider what type of finish was applied to your wood before applying resin over it; different finishes will require different methods of application and curing time before application (though most could be used as long as they were properly sealed).

Finally, since wood isn’t naturally waterproofed like stone tiles are (which means they’re more prone than other materials), using any kind of sealer or filler would help prevent moisture from getting underneath your finished surface while it cures fully over time – just make sure not too much gets mixed in when adding these items!

If all goes well though then congratulations: now go ahead and start making some beautiful stuff with us!

What do you put on wood before resin?

First, you’ll need to find out what kind of wood you have. The type of resin you use will depend on your needs, but for most projects, a sealer is necessary.

There are many different types of sealers and finishes available. When choosing a sealer or finish for your project it’s important that it is compatible with the type of surface (eg: metal), as well as the chemistry used in making the resin (most resins require alkaline pH).

Does resin soak into wood?

If you want to know if resin soaks into wood, we can tell you that it does not.

Resin does not soak into the pores of wood, nor does it soak into the grain of wood. It also doesn’t soak into the surface of your furniture and other pieces you might be crafting with resin.

That being said, if you’re wondering whether or not there is anything that could absorb resin, here’s what we found: Resin will absorb (or “soak in”) some water-based materials like paper towels and fabrics that are wet before application.

Should I seal wood before epoxy?

It depends on the type of wood and finishes you’re using. If you’re going for a water-based finish, it’s best to seal the wood with a solvent-based sealer first.

This prevents any surface tension from causing bubbles that can mar your finish. Also, be sure to use a paintbrush or roller when applying epoxy; brushing it on with your fingers will leave huge fingerprints in your resin!

What does resin not stick to?

Resin won’t stick to:

  • rubber
  • plastic
  • glass (resins may damage glass surfaces, however)
  • metal (though resins can be electroplated over metal surfaces)
  • concrete or stone

Should I stain wood before epoxy?

If your wood has a finish on it, you may want to remove that finish before applying epoxy resin. A stain will not bond to cured epoxy, but it can easily be removed with a wood stripper like Citristrip.

If you don’t have access to Citristrip or another similar product, try sanding down the area where you’re going to apply your epoxy until no stain remains, and then wipe it clean with mineral spirits.

After removing any layers of stain from the surface of your piece of wood, apply an oil-based sealer like Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Will resin stick to stained wood?

Yes, you can use resin on stained wood. However, it will be more difficult to apply and take longer to dry than with plain wood.

You can use a paintbrush or roller to apply the epoxy to the surface of your workpiece. When applying epoxy to stained wood, clean the surface thoroughly with acetone first—this includes wiping down any wax buildup as well as cleaning off any dirt or grime that might be present on your piece of furniture.

A respirator and rubber gloves are also recommended when working with this type of material because it’s not good for you if you breathe in any airborne particles while handling it (and even if you wear protective gear like these items).

Epoxy resins can fill in gaps between pieces of wood; however, there may still be some areas where gaps exist after application or curing time has passed due to differences in density between different types/grades/etc., so make sure you have enough time for your project before starting!


In short, the answer is yes. Resin can be used to cover wood, and it will stick to stained wood as well. However, if you have a particularly large project in mind or are worried about the durability of your finish, it may be worth considering another type of coating material.

The best way to know for sure would be by testing out different types of epoxy yourself!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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