how to finish epoxy resin river table?

A river table is a simple, beautiful piece of furniture that looks great in any room. This guide will help you make your own river table and get the most out of your project.

First, let’s talk about what makes a good epoxy resin for a river table. Epoxy resins are used for their durability and ease of application, but there are many different types on the market, so how do you know which one is best? Epoxy resins come in two main forms: liquid epoxies or gel coat kits (also known as “polyester resins”).

Liquid epoxies are preferred for most DIY projects because they’re easy to mix up at home and provide better coverage than standard polyester resins. However, if you’re planning on only using one coat of material over your project (such as with our River Table), then using an open-cell polyester resin would be best since it won’t require an additional topcoat as liquid epoxies do!

How do you seal a resin on a river table?

  • First, you need to prepare the table. You’ll need a few things:
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Start by cleaning off your river table with the paintbrush and paper towels so that any excess resin is removed from the sides of your table. After this, wipe down all sides of your river table with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (acetone). This will help break down any moisture on your wood so it doesn’t affect how well your finish can bond to it later on!
  • If you’re using a lacquer finish, apply two coats of clear shellac to seal in all that goodness before applying a coat of wax after each coat dries completely!

How do you seal an epoxy table top?

  • Water-based polyurethanes are a good choice for your epoxy table top. They’re easy to apply, inexpensive, and provide a durable finish.
  • Solvent-based polyurethanes are also commonly used as finishes on epoxy resin tables. They tend to be more water repellent than water-based polyurethanes and have a longer pot life.
  • Waxes can be used as sealers for both oil-based paints and epoxy resins if you want the table surface to feel smooth in the finished product. Waxes usually won’t leave any visible residue behind after application, but they do add glossiness and shine that might not be desired in some situations (such as when using waxes with shellac).
  • Clear epoxies will protect your table top from moisture damage while still allowing it to be viewed clearly through their transparency once they’re cured completely by sunlight exposure or heat lamps over time (this process may take up to 24 hours). You should apply these coatings in thin layers so that no bubbles form underneath them during curing because this could cause cracking later down the road due to internal stress caused by expansion/contraction from temperature changes within each layer’s composition materials being different densities than those above or below them–which could lead an uneven distribution over time.”

What finish can go over epoxy resin?

Epoxy resin is a coating that’s used to protect the finish of epoxy resin table. Because there are so many different types of epoxy resins, it can be difficult to know which type you should use for your project. The best way to finish an epoxy resin table is by using…epoxy resin!

No matter what kind of finish you’re looking for—from glossy to matte—the best option for your epoxy resin table is another layer of clear coat.

This will give it added durability and help prevent stains from setting in overtime. There are several different kinds of clear coats available on the market today:

  • Polyurethane Foam Cushion – This type of foam cushion provides a smooth feel when applied directly onto the surface of an object like an epoxy resin table (or whatever else). This can be great if you’re looking for something that feels soft but still has some cushioning properties around its edges; however, this won’t provide much protection against scratches or other damage caused during everyday use!

How do you seal an epoxy River table?

After your epoxy resin river table is finished, you’ll want to seal it. A sealer will help protect the surface of your table from UV rays and scratches. After the epoxy has cured (about 7 days), clean the surface with a solvent like acetone or mineral spirits to remove any leftover resin and oil. Then, apply a sealer using either a brush or roller depending on how large your project is.

What do you use to seal a river table?

To seal a river table, you can use any of the following:

  • epoxy resin
  • polyurethane
  • finishing wax
  • mineral oil
  • shellac
  • wood sealer (also called “deck stain”)

All of these options are great for sealing your river table top and protecting it from water damage. Some of them will also add color to the wood, so if you’re looking for a stained finish on your piece, choosing one of these may be right for you!

How do I make my epoxy table top clear?

  • Use a clear epoxy resin. If you’re using color, the resin will be tinted to match that color.
  • Use a hardener that is compatible with the resin. The hardener needs to cure at the same rate as your resin.
  • Use a low VOC epoxy resin. If it has high VOCs (volatile organic compounds), consider using a respirator and/or wearing gloves for safety’s sake when working with it indoors or outside in an area where there may be children playing nearby, or pets running around sniffing out their next meal! These chemicals can be harmful to your health if they come in contact with skin over time because they don’t evaporate into thin air as water does; instead, they linger around indefinitely until they get sucked up by plants or animals—which means they’re still present even after finishing up your project! Don’t worry though: there are plenty of options out there that use little-to-no solids like these so make sure before buying anything that ingredients go into making each type available: all good companies provide this information readily enough on their websites so just check there first before buying anything new just yet.”

Can you pour epoxy over cured epoxy?

When you’re using an epoxy resin like West System, it can be tempting to think of it as a single material. But really, it’s two separate components that need to be mixed together before they cure: the hardener and the resin itself. These two substances are chemically incompatible with each other, which means mixing them together will cause them to react quickly and form a solid mass that is essentially impossible to remove from whatever surface they were poured onto.

If your goal was simply to cover up your old epoxy layer with new layers of polyurethane, then I guess this wouldn’t be too big of a deal—but if you wanted something like what we’re doing here (where both sides of our tabletop are covered in polyurethane), then we’d end up with one solid piece instead of two separate finished surfaces!

Is epoxy the same as polyurethane?

Epoxy and polyurethane are two completely different types of resin. Epoxy is used for bonding and sealing applications, while polyurethane is used for flooring and as a protective coating. Both epoxy and polyurethane are thermosetting polymers, which means they harden over time when heated and cooled.

Despite their differences in application, both types of resin have similar properties: they will bond to most substances, and they cure quickly at room temperature (in minutes) with little or no shrinkage; however, you can accelerate the curing process by heating the material up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit/ 65 degrees Celsius.


To sum up, this project was a great way to learn how to use epoxy resin. It’s a fun craft project that requires some patience but the results are well worth it! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the steps we took to create our river table. If you’re interested in doing a similar project yourself—or just want more tips on using epoxy resin—we’d love for you to check out our blog post about how we built our river table.

There, we’ll share more tips, as well as pictures from throughout the process!

If you have any questions or comments at any time during or after reading this post, please feel free to get in touch with us directly by emailing [email protected].

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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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