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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 09-13-2013 03:15 PM 888 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2013 03:15 PM

My table top is coming along slowly. I removed the bark on the outside using a wire wheel on a grinder, after getting as much off as I could with a sharpened putty knife. This is a crotch piece of wood and it has a bark vein (no idea what the official name is) running for quite a way. Do I gouge this out, or just leave it.

The slab is the one on the left in this thread.

I want to do what is best for the table top, and I remember reading somewhere that you need to remove all the bark because of the dirt and nastiness trapped in it.

I was reading that an epoxy top is not as solid a finish as lacquer or poly. Is this true? If so can you put poly or lacquer on top of epoxy?


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#1 posted 09-13-2013 03:39 PM

If it were me I would dig out all I could then fill the rest with “Bartop Coating”. Then sand that down to the level of the wood and do a normal finish of your choice.

An epoxy top is not as solid as poly, probably more solid than lacquer, I’m not sure, but then again, the epoxy is going to be a lot thicker and take a lot more abuse. That’s why they use it on bars and restaurant counters.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 03:51 PM

Is there a difference between bar top coating and other clear epoxies? I really don’t want the yellow over time thing going on? Can the epoxy be tinted? Is there a black epoxy that would work as well?

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 04:01 PM

There are a lot of clear epoxies, you’ll have to do your due diligence to pick the one you want.
I chose Bartop because it works for what I need it to do.
I haven’t ever noticed any yellowing, but I suppose that is possible.

I’ve tinted epoxy before with Rustoleum spray enamel.. It wasn’t on purpose, but the wife love how it turned out and in five years hasn’t faded or changed at all.

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 04:09 PM

Epoxy can yellow, however I have a bunch of things that are all indoors and they are holding up great. I wouldn’t use any bartop type products outside because of the lack of UV protection.

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