One of the most popular ways of protecting wood and creating beautiful bar tops and tables is to use epoxy. It can also be used on a variety of other projects and in situations where you may want to seal unique treasures into those table tops. However, not all epoxy products are created equal. Most people want quick drying and easy to use brands. One of the most popular brands according to many people is East Coast Resin. To find out why they love it; read through our East Coast Resin review.
You should always mix one part resin to one part hardener. Mix it thoroughly to ensure that it will set properly. As a general rule, you will have about 30 minutes of time to work the epoxy once you have spread it out. This does depend on the amount that you are working with.
This epoxy is completely odorless. You will not have to worry about smelling a strong chemical while you are working with it or waiting for it to dry. It goes on clear and stays that way throughout drying.
Once dry, you will find that you have a super glossy finish that is durable. It is both water and scratch resistant so that you can use your table or bar without worry that you will damage the finished product. This ensures that it is very easy to care for once your project is finished.
With your purchase, you will get one gallon to work with. If you do not need all of it at one time, you will need to measure it out so that you are using one part of each. In large areas, you may choose to mix each full half gallon at one time. However, you will still have to work with it in the 30-35-minute time frame before it begins to solidify.
One gallon mixed will give you an area of coverage that is approximately 25 square feet. If you want a thick layer, you may need to purchase another gallon kit to get it thickened. For a 25sq ft. area you can expect it to be less than 1/4-inch deep in epoxy.
If you choose to apply thin layers of East Coast Resin and build up the epoxy slowly; you do not have to sand it between layers. You simply need to let the coats dry thoroughly and then apply your next coat. It will not become cloudy if you opt to apply it in layers and layers are recommended on surfaces that you want to be more than a 1/2 inch thick.
This epoxy can be used as an adhesive. This means you can attach rocks to a waterfall using it or shells to a mirror if you want to. Just make sure that you are working with it when the temperature is between 70-80 degrees to prevent it from setting too quickly. Then allow it to dry for between 16-24 hours before messing with it again.
If you want to mix sand or sawdust into your epoxy, you can do that with East Coast Resin. Simply mix the resin and hardener together and then add your dry stuff to it. Mix it quickly and then pour it on your surface area immediately. Keep in mind that the dry stuff will settle to the bottom.
This resin and hardener is very easy to work with, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. When mixing a large amount, you will want to ensure that you have a large container. Once the mixture begins building up heat, it is starting to set. You need to be ready to work quickly once you start mixing. Mix thoroughly for a couple minutes and then pour or spread it out. If the mixture sets too hard, it will become impossible to work with.
You cannot spray this mixture onto any surface. It becomes a very thick, glue-like texture that will not spray. In situations where you may want to spray it on, it will be best to use a roller. There is no way for you to thin it out without lessening its ability to set.
If there ever comes a time when it does not set properly; it could be because you did not mix it properly or you scraped the sides of your mixing container. The mixture on the outside edge of a mixing container has most likely already set too firmly to be usable on your surface area. Never scrape the sides, just use the mixture that flows out freely.
East Coast Resin epoxy can be used as fiberglass for boats. It is safe to use in the marine environment. You simply have to follow the directions that are included with each kit and work when temperatures are cool.
This epoxy brand holds a 4.5-star rating and most all users are happy to purchase and use it again on future projects. Most people have never had an issue with bubbles. However, most all say that it is definitely going to help you achieve success if you take the time to read the directions for use carefully.
Delicate wood and bold color choices can sometimes become faded out by the sun and worn after years of hanging on a wall. This is even more likely if you have built an item that is functionally like a new table made of wood or a bar top that is covered with something unique. For those type of projects, it becomes difficult to cover and protect your creativity. That is why many turn to products such as Pro Marine Supplies epoxy kit. To learn more about it, you should look below at our Crystal Clear epoxy resin coating review to see if it can protect what you are creating.
With this kit, you will receive a half gallon of table top epoxy and a half gallon of the hardener. Once you have mixed them together, you will have a full gallon to work with. The hardener has no VOC or Solvent additives. This means it is a non-hazmat, marine grade epoxy. To mix, (if using the entire kit) you simply combine the bottles without measuring. One gallon mixed will cover approximately 37sq. ft. and end up about an 8th of an inch thick. If you want the coating to be thicker, you will have to apply a second coating. If you have a smaller project it must be as close to an exact measurement as possible if you want it to look great when finished.
The fact that it goes on and stays clear will enable you to use it for all types of projects. It can be used on painted surfaces, encapsulations and all other artwork you are creating. Regardless of what you are creating, it will be sealed in a waterproof barrier that is resistant to impacts or surface damage.
Because it is self-leveling, you will never have to worry that it is thicker in some areas while too thin in others. You will never see any craters, fish eyes, or crawling. It will not lose its integrity over sharp corners or edges. Any area that it covers will have a high gloss finish when you are done with it.
This table top epoxy is very UV resistant. This means that you can use it without concern that your artwork will one day become yellowed by the sun or other UV rays. However, even with the fact that it is able to resist UV rays, you still should avoid using it in direct, permanent sun. Eventually, if left outside, it may turn yellow.
This coating will set up fairly quick and an excellent ability to release air. This gives you an improved surface appearance on all projects. If you have a way to apply heat, you can speed it up by using mild heat at a temperature setting of 160F. This will also help to ensure fewer air bubbles will remain in the surface area of your projects.
With a 4.4-star rating, it is quite obvious that most people love using Crystal Clear. Most everyone says that it works very well for them and their projects. However, even the highest reviews provide tips and tricks to help you get through your first project without any major problems. The main tip from most people is for you to follow the instructions exactly. You should mix it according to the directions and stir it well until it is clear enough to look like water. This could take up to 10 minutes of stirring and then you will want to pour it over the surface and smooth it out. If you want the best possible finish, use a small butane torch to apply heat evenly across surface. This will eliminate air bubbles, but you may have to go over it every 10 minutes or so for the first hour of drying time. Also recommended is that before you start with the final coat, make sure you put a very light layer on first to seal the wood. If you do not apply a small layer before a heavy layer, your surface could end up bubbled up. If that happens, you will have to sand it down to get a smooth coating.
This product is fairly priced and great for most people. Some owners say that they were able to create a beautiful piece their first time. Our recommendation is; if you are new to using epoxy, you should consider testing it out on something small first. Practice with a piece of wood that you are not worried about botching your future masterpieces.
The Specialty Resin epoxy resin kit enables you to mix only the amount you need. This is to be mixed at a ratio of 1:1 or one part of A and an equal amount of B. The high gloss coating makes it ideal for bar tops, table tops, counter tops, clear models, jewelry, and anything else you may want to create.
One gallon of epoxy will cover approximately 24 square feet of surface area. At that rate the depth will be 1/16 inches thick. If you need it to go thicker, you can layer it. Each layer will add thickness while maintaining the clarity that you want.
Epox-It is UV protected. UV inhibitors added to it to ensure that it does not turn yellow over time. However, the inhibitors cannot protect it if you leave it out in the sun for long periods of time. If you are using it on an outdoor surface, it may yellow throughout the years. This is not much different than all other epoxy brands, but should be noted.
Within only 6-8 hours you can add another layer of epoxy to your project. When you are finished with all layers, the tackiness should be gone within 24 hours. However, it will take it approximately 3 days to cure completely.
Simply mix it and pour it on or spread it out. It really is just that easy! It goes on in a liquid form and will self-level out as it sets. On table tops, you should expect it to run off the edges so that if you want it 1/8 inches thick, you will have to apply a second layer. In formed frames, it will become as deep as the form allows it to be. It cannot be sprayed on or applied to vertical surfaces because it will run. The liquid is also too thick for a sprayer. However, it can be used for all crafting projects and even on boats or other marine items because you have the option to spread it out with a foam spatula. Brushing it on is not recommended.
Those that have used it say that it does exactly what they had hoped for. Most say that it is easy to work with and puts a mirror shine on their projects. Those who have had reason to contact customer support, say that their questions were answered quickly by knowledgeable staff, who wanted to make sure that they were satisfied. They also love how it is cheaper than other types of epoxy. This is why it has a 5-star rating on the web.
Specialty Resin does not hold bubbles and it is easy to work with. You simply have to measure and pour. It will take care of the rest. It is relatively mess and hassle free, but provides a shine that can impress even the saviest epoxy user. We like the affordable price and every other aspect of using it. We like that it can seal in all of your treasures whether they are flat and placed on wood or sea shells placed on a plate of glass.
This brand of clearcoat is ideal for most table tops. One single coat can provide the appearance of multiple coats of varnish. Further layers will create a three-dimensional look that many people desire in their table top.
It is easy to apply and self-levels. When dry, it is crystal clear, extremely tough, and resistant to a variety of adversaries that may normally damage tables. It is scratch resistant, waterproof, and even alcohol proof.
This is made with no solvents and has a very low odor. This means that you will not have to worry about stinking up your home or garage if you choose to apply it indoors.
You can use the MirrorCoat on all types of surfaces. It can be used on stone, ceramic, concrete, wood, and even metal if it has been prepared correctly.
MirrorCoat is a two part, pourable resin and hardener that can be mixed in a ratio of two parts resin to one part hardener. This ensures that it is more heat resistant than many other epoxies available and one of the hardest as well.
This kit will allow you to work with the mixture for approximately 20 minutes before it starts to harden. Once applied, it will be hard to the touch within about three hours. This is if you use 1.5 gallons over a 12 or 13 square ft. area. The coating will level out to be 1/8” thick.
Most people say that it is the best epoxy that they have ever used. They say that it is very easy to work with and that their projects always turn out exceptionally well. There are some people who have used it in less than perfect temperatures and climates, but they say that it still measures up to their expectations. Many do recommend that you mix it together in small amounts since you will not have long to work with it before it starts to set. It is also recommended that you mix it as stated clearly in various videos and writing. To make sure it turns out perfect, without bubbles, you will need to apply the flood coat to seal the wood. Then you may apply as many layers as you want.
With this product, you have to be certain that you are working on a level surface. If your table is slightly off level, you may end up with an area being thicker than another OR you may have waves in the coating. This will require you to sand it down and perhaps reapply another layer. Also this is not sun resistant! There are others by System Three that have UV protection included.
This epoxy is ideal for almost all crafts. When looking through reviews, you will find very few people who have had issues with it not setting properly. Most often this is because they mixed it wrong or were dealing with climate issues that prevented it from drying properly. We like that there are many people who have used this for years and never had any issues with it. It creates a harder tabletop and still has a very high gloss shine on it. We also like that it has a 4.5-star rating after several verified purchases. It is a little more expensive than other brands of epoxy, but if you want quality it could be the best thing going.
Epoxy has a variety of uses that may people may be unaware of. It can be used in both the marine environment and for household creativity ideas. In restaurants, it is typically what protects the table tops and gives them a high shine. By doing a little research, you can easily find an epoxy to give your table tops, bar tops, and other things a protective layer of gloss that is virtually impenetrable. What will you do with it?
This epoxy is able to protect and preserve, as well as beautify all surface areas that you want to apply a glass finish to. It is ideal for decoupage, covering wood surfaces, covering concrete surfaces, and embedding objects to keep them safe.
This kit provides you with one quart resin and one quart hardener. This gives you a total of two-quarts if you mix it all at one time. If you need less, you can use less. You simply mix it together in a one to one ratio and start work on your projects.
It cures at room temperature and will never blush. You do not need to bring out the small torches or heat sources to work with this epoxy. This makes it very easy to use, even for beginners, but the coating will be beautiful enough for professionals.
When dry, it is completely waterproof. It is UV protected, but should not be used on surfaces that will be left outside, because over time it may yellow.
Ideally, this epoxy should be used when temperatures are between 70-80 degrees. Once you mix the hardener and resin, you will have approximately 20 minutes of workable time when temperatures are at 70 degrees. Gel time is 30 minutes at 77 degrees.
You can apply multiple layers without sacrificing the final look. Each layer will provide a coverage that is 1/8” thick, which is ideal for encasement projects that you want to give a dimensional look. You should wait between 4-8 hours between layers and you will not have to sand it before applying the next layer.
Curing time is around 16-20 hours at 70 degrees. If the room temperature is warmer, it may be finished curing faster.
This epoxy is USDA approved. This means that it can come into contact with food once cured and you do not have to worry about chemicals that may be in it contaminating your food.
In the event that you want to color your epoxy. You can add dye to it to put color in it. This makes it ideal for putting a layer on white wood that needs a hint of color or glass items. Epoxy statues may also benefit from a little color instead of crystal clear.
This product has received mixed reviews regarding how easy it is to work with. It holds steady with a 4.3 star rating, but there are some people who say even though the finished product looks great; it takes some effort to get it there. Some find it helpful to use a trowel when spreading the mixture to ensure it levels out quickly enough. There are a few who claim it has more bubbles than other types of epoxy. This can be remedied by using a heat gun.
The good news is; most people say that it is easy to work with. In fact, many have made several purchases for all of their projects and never had any issues.
This is a very affordable epoxy and available in a manageable amount. We like that most people say it is easy to use. We do feel that a heat gun, or at the very least a blow dryer, may be a wise choice when using TotalBoat if you want to ensure fewer bubbles. However, bubbles may also be minimalized if you do not mix it for too long. Mix just long enough to ensure it is thoroughly mixed together. We feel that if you want to create a beautiful table, you will love the outcome with this kit. We do recommend that you follow all directions to ensure a total success, but feel that there are enough positive reviews to make it worth consideration. With that being said, you may want to practice with the mixture before you attempt to embed family heirlooms and other special treasures. Practice will ensure that you get the desired effect and do not have to worry about messing up your most important items.