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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2017, 10:33:08 AM »
Ljohnsaw, Make sure you top coat your exterior epoxy with one of several uv resistant poly's/varnishes available . Some are better than others.Price wise , take a look at Aeromarine 300/21 series.  Rob
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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2018, 12:01:03 PM »
I was rereading this thread and have some questions related to coating an old washstand top prior to attacking a vessel sink.  Both @tule peak timber and @Larry made comments that certain epoxy works better for different jobs.  I have some questions below.

I was looking at using ‘TotalBoat Table Top Epoxy’. Which product would y’all suggest?

My plans are to strip the top, I am not sure of the finish.  It is not real shinny.  I do not think it is wax but rather just oil or oil and poly. Will epoxy adhere without stripping?

If I need to strip it and desire to stain, can a stain be applied under the epoxy?

When I attach the vessel sink I plan to use an adhesive to hold it in place as it will sit on top of the washstand versus set in the top.  Will an adhesive stick to the epoxy or do I need to sand down to the wood through the epoxy or tape the area off?

I know there are several questions there, but inquiring minds want to know?

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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2018, 08:59:56 PM »
I've not used Total Boat Table Top Epoxy, but based on results from some of their other products I would try it.

I would be afraid to apply epoxy over any other finish without testing and/or positive information from the manufacture.  That might be one of those questions the manufacture would give a "No" answer just to stay on the safe side.  It would be worth a call in any case.

Sorry, that I couldn't give a better answer.

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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2018, 09:07:13 PM »
Thanks Larry for the input.  I thought you may have tried this epoxy or might suggest a different product.  

I may contact the manufacturer about putting it on top of oil.  I am not sure if it will look right if it is just applied over the stripped wood.  

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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2018, 09:20:59 PM »
I haven't done epoxy over oil but shellac will generally go over anything and anything can be put over shellac.  Shellac is a miracle substance and is indespensible in finishing work. 
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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2018, 10:17:03 PM »
Shellac was my first thought but I have never tried it with epoxy, and epoxy is different.  I definitely would want de-waxed shellac.
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« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2018, 11:18:53 PM »
Dewaxed for sure. If you don't keep flakes around just pick up some zinsler.  Handy.  Scuff up the surface and clean with acetone . Try an adhesion test with the shellac .
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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2018, 11:50:34 AM »
So y’all are suggesting using shellac instead of epoxy?  Will that protect the top from water?

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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2018, 12:32:28 PM »
There are epoxies with UV inhibitors in them. Amazon sells some and I have used it on an outdoor picnic table and it stills looks the same 2years later.

 
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2018, 01:07:20 PM »
So y’all are suggesting using shellac instead of epoxy?  Will that protect the top from water?


Use the shellac to go between the oil and the epoxy if the epoxy doesn't want to adhere to the shellac.  Shellac has a lot of interesting qualities, but it's not a durable finish.  It's pretty limited as a finish, but it's great as a sealer or between a color coat and a finish coat.  It's used as a finish on period pieces but not for high wear or durability.  Not to be used around cocktails since alcohol will melt it.
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Re: Some tips for using epoxy
« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2018, 01:16:55 PM »
Thanks for the clarification.


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