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recycle1943

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07-22-2017 06:59 PM

I’ve never done any epoxy projects BUT -
I have a table that will be exposed to the elements all summer long and was wondering if anyone has had any luck with epoxies in the elements ?
I am open to any and all suggestions ( Please )

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 07-22-2017 08:20 PM

Dick,
I haven’t had much experience with either epoxy or outdoor wooden builds, but for what it’s worth, here is my unexperienced – uneducated – nonprofessional opinion:
Epoxy can not be reversed according to the sources of information I’ve reviewed – magazines, Youtube, books, etc., so I’m guessing it should be weatherproof. From what I’ve read, it will probably out live the wood.
If you want to be positive about this before sacrificing your materials, ask the epoxy manufacturers. I use epoxy sparingly, purchased some from Lowe's, the Devcon brand in two 4.5 ounce bottles, and emailed them at: Info@permatex.com to ask about shelf life and they responded the same day with answers.

That’s it, that’s all i got.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 08:42 PM

Thanks for that non-professional opinion – you’re still 2 miles ahead of my experience with epoxy.
I watched a couple utube videos and it looks simple to do but every time I think something like that it ends up costing me either in money or more time and lost material. The only thing easy to come by is TIME, the rest can get pretty costly.
Problem is, the table is 46” square, I’m thinkin that’s a lot of epoxy and I have fears of set up (workable) time etc.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-22-2017 09:17 PM

Take a look at these guys. Quite a few options and they have the best customer service around. Just call them and tell them what you are trying to do and they will tell you which of their products is best suited to your needs.
https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/search_subCategory.do?categoryName=Epoxy%20Resin&category=589&refine=1&page=GRID

They have this product among others https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=97690&familyName=TotalBoat+TableTop+Epoxy

I have used this as it is a little thicker and handles sanding well. https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/product.do?process=checkout&part=496593

They also have lots of vids on the practical use of their products. Easy to mix and apply and it’s a bullet proof coating for outdoor use.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#4 posted 07-22-2017 10:31 PM

Just be sure to look for a material that contains UV light inhibitors. Epoxy will disintegrate within months outside if it doesn’t contain some kind of UV protection.

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#5 posted 07-23-2017 04:58 AM

Artmann is right about UV and epoxy. You can also cover it with UV resistant varnish—several coats, as UV is deadly on almost everything.

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 10:34 AM

We use West System at work. The 105 resin and 207 hardener. The 207 hardener is clear and has very low blush and some UV resistance. We still varnish over it.

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 01:26 PM

OK – Thanks for all the info
I never have been a big fan of the resin epoxy mostly because I’m not familiar with it so I have decided to go with a marine uv Varnish. If that doesn’t hold up I’ll build the client a new table. I’ve got nothing but time anyway plus it’ll get me away from making bowls for a while.

Thanks Again
Dick

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 03:14 PM

Yeah, the varnish works well, the boats we store get blocked back and a new coat every year. And wooded when they need it, about every five years.

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#9 posted 07-23-2017 03:46 PM



Yeah, the varnish works well, the boats we store get blocked back and a new coat every year. And wooded when they need it, about every five years.

- Jackdaw

How many coats would be sufficient for the initial treatment ? 2 with sanding in between ? or more.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 09-03-2017 01:48 PM

Ok. – I whimped out and went with Marine Varnish. I still ran into a learning curve and had to re-do the entire surface “once”
I ended up with 4 coats of varnish with light 400 grit sanding in between.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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