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Forum topic by Kribbz posted 05-11-2016 05:44 AM 634 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2016 05:44 AM

Ok guys I have a good one for y’all. I am making a bbq pit countertop for my boss’s ranch. It is going to be a live edged slab (5/4) of mesquite. I’m planning on filling the worm holes with epoxy. What are y’all suggestions for an epoxy and a protective finish that can withstand the Texas heat without yellowing?

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#1 posted 05-11-2016 04:17 PM

I would say “West system” epoxy. It is used for fiberglass boats, so it stands up well in an outdoor environment. Finish with at least 2 coats of urethane varnish. It will stand up for maybe 2 years and will need to be refinished periodically. No finish can last forever.

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#2 posted 05-11-2016 04:24 PM

Epoxy is not UV resistant – so if left exposed, it will fail. If you use it, make sure to cover it with something that will block the UV.

While geared towards kayaks and marine applications, this article may be of some interest as the application is somewhat similar:

The Epoxy Test
Six Popular Epoxies and varnish tested


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 12:33 AM

ok guys, here is the top with all the epoxy and some mineral spirits to see the grain. I have another question, anyone have experience with using epoxy near the heat of a bbq pit? Might it be better to use some danish oil and several layers of either oil or varnish? Thoughts?

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