Do you need a clear tabletop for your kitchen, dining room, or outdoor space? Creating one is easier than you might think.
You can make a tabletop with epoxy resin and then add the colorant to it that will give it the desired look.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how to make an epoxy resin tabletop.
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How Do I Make My Epoxy Table Top Clear
If you are trying to make your epoxy tabletop clear, there are a few things that can help.
If the surface is not fully cured yet, first apply Borax powder which will dissolve into glue, and bond all of the other ingredients together once mixed with water.
Once it hardens overnight, sand off any rough edges or dry spots then flood coat using an inexpensive polyurethane varnish.
Another option would be to do two layers of resin instead of one but this does take more time for each layer so keep in mind how long you have before needing it done as well as what type of project needs doing.
What Is The Best Clear Epoxy Resin For Wood
Some epoxies are clear while others have colorants added so they can tint the resin itself when it cures – but not all clear epoxies for wood look good on their own! To get the best results you must use a high-quality product that dries completely with no bubbles and minimal shrinkage which causes warping over time.
In addition, when you purchase clear epoxy resin for wood from a reputable company that specializes in the material they’ll have technicians on hand to help guide your decision. You can call them and ask about their products or even visit their showroom if you want to see it with your own eyes before buying!
How Do You Make A Resin Epoxy Table
There are a few different types of epoxies that could work for making a tabletop, but you need to do your research before choosing one.
Also, there are several ways in which to design your cutout pattern on the wood piece that will become your top.
You may even want two layers or more once complete!
To learn how to make an epoxy resin table top follow these steps:
- Create your desired pattern using tape or spray adhesive if necessary – use either corkboard or cardboard as base material so when wet from above you have something sturdy enough not bend or warp
- Use a stencil if you are using spray adhesive to create your design – repeat this process until all desired patterns have been cut out of cardboard or corkboard. Be sure to do the same with the resin epoxy!
- Mix up enough epoxy (it’s best that you use two separate containers) for one layer at a time, following manufacturer recommendations on how much is needed per application, and allow it to start setting before applying another round so as not to smear any previous layers
- Apply thinly first then thicker later after initial has set – be careful not to overwork keep stirring regularly throughout entire process because once cured there will be no more mixing possible unless additional liquid added which may cause unwanted bubbles in final coat.
- After applying second layer allow plenty of time to dry before attempting any cleanup.
Is There A Difference Between Resin And Epoxy
Yes, epoxy is a type of resin. Epoxy has more cross-linking bonds than other resins. These extra cross-links give it higher resistance to chemicals and temperature changes while still remaining clear in appearance.
How Do You Seal Wood Before Epoxy
Sealing the wood before applying epoxy is essential. Without a good seal, you risk ruining your work by having moisture in between layers of epoxy and resin that will ruin the final product.
You want to use an oil-based stain with natural shellac or polyurethane varnish as a sealer for most woods like pine and cedar.
For harder woods such as oak, mahogany, walnut, etc., we recommend using one coat of dewaxed clear shellac followed by two coats of water-based topcoat (for example WATERLOO™ Waterborne Topcoat).
If desired add some color pigment at this stage to change the color slightly if needed prior to application of your Clear Epoxy Resin.
What Kind Of Resin Should I Use On Wood
Any kind of resin can be used on a wood surface. Wood is the most popular choice for a tabletop because it has a beautiful grain that shows through clear epoxy resins.
Resin tables have become very common and are easy to make at home where you control the quality of materials, as well as how thick your tabletop will be which means you can easily make one yourself, even if you don’t have any knowledge about chemistry or professional equipment.
What Does Epoxy Not Stick To
Epoxy is very picky about what it will stick to. Not just any surface can be coated in epoxy, and the type of substrate you use influences how easily you can remove your finished product.
Some things that are not compatible with epoxies include water, oil, gasoline, or petroleum products (such as motor oil), raw wood grains, some plastics including Styrofoam™ and ABS plastic.
Some surfaces which may work but require extra preparation before coating include metal sheets without a finish on them such as bare steel or aluminum foil, non-porous fabrics like silk or nylon, glass bottles, ceramic tiles, concrete floors that have been sealed, certain types of stone only if they’ve already been painted over once (not porous), some plastics like ABS and Styrofoam™, fabrics including silk, nylon or other synthetic fibers.
How Many Epoxies Do I Need For A Table Top
When you’re working with chemistry, it helps to do some math first. To determine the amount of epoxy needed for your project, use this simple formula: length X width X height = cubic inches.
Once you know how many cubic inches are required for your tabletop or other glass surface material, multiply that number by 0.75 (for the 75% conversion rate) and you have the total weight in pounds needed to cover said area.
For example, an 18-inch square stool needs about 144 cubic inches of clear epoxy resin so multiplying 144 times.
75 gives us 110 lbs., which is more than enough semigloss product for this small piece.