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Forum topic by moke posted 02-11-2016 06:15 PM 1168 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 06:15 PM

I noted in one of my woodworking online magazines that enamel and epoxy glues are not a good mix….they advised to use a colored powder. I have mixing a couple of drops of the Testor’s enamel (model paint) to a small amount of 5 minute epoxy for years with what I thought was decent results….I have had failures but not often…maybe 1 out of 30 times…

I would mix the recommended colored powder, and just write it off as me being wrong, but I use white about 90%
of the time, and it appears as the powdered colors don’t come in white.

Anybody have any suggestions or thoughts?


-- Mike

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 06:20 PM

You might try artist type oil paint. I use a black paint from a tube in two-part epoxy and have never had an issue.

Just be aware. A VERY small amount goes a long way with this.

Good luck with it.

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 06:40 PM

I use transtint dyes. 1 or 2 drops will go a long way.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 06:54 PM

I use dry power pigments and have never had any kind of failure… but I’ve never done a white – usually the darker ranges such as reds, tans, browns and blacks (depending on the wood and contrast I’m looking for) The stuff they sell for coloring cement at the BORG works great btw :) You can get dry pigments at a hobby store that sells oil painting stuff (for mixing your own colors) in a wide range of colors. You may find this article at West Systems interesting, as they test various pigments and dyes in conjunction with their epoxy.

West Systems - Adding pigments to epoxy


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#6 posted 02-11-2016 09:11 PM

I’ve heard of using RIT dye and liked the idea as it’s cheap and should last a very long time. I’m always looking for a dark blue or black and the ink from a cheap pen works surprisingly well. Getting just the right ratio (especially with 5 minute epoxy) is trick as you don’t have alot of experimentation time as it’s setting. The price can’t be beat!

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#7 posted 02-11-2016 10:00 PM

Go to the System Three or West Systems web site. They make epoxy and have extensive testing on the subject. You can download a manual.

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#8 posted 02-12-2016 12:10 AM

I have used blue chalk mixed with epoxy with good results. I do not see why white chalk would not also work well.

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#9 posted 02-12-2016 03:45 AM

I did this with latex paint a few weeks back. A few drops of yellow paint tinted the epoxy nicely and it hardened normally, it was a small fill so I only used 5 minute and not west system.

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#10 posted 02-12-2016 05:42 PM

Thank you one and all…some great suggestions….I have ordered some white pigment tint from US Compsites…it’s cheap and specifically meant for Epoxy resins….but I am going to try some simple white chaulk….( I hope my granddaughter doesn’t notice some missing from her sidewalk chalks!!!)

Thanks again,

-- Mike

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#11 posted 02-12-2016 08:04 PM

This is an interesting topic-I try to color epoxy on many of my projects.

Please keep us posted on the results from the white pigment & chalk.

Bill in MI

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