Applying epoxy to wood is the perfect way to showcase both the beauty of the wood grain, and it also gives the wood four times the thickness of a single coat of polyurethane. The best part is that in a few simple steps, you can achieve a beautiful, bubble-free wooden finish. Here at Maverick Composites, we are here to explain exactly how to obtain the perfect epoxy wood finish. When it comes to epoxy resin, we are the ones to trust.
To create a clear coating, it’s vital to prepare the surface thoroughly. Surfaces ready for coating should be clean, dry and free from any contamination. Then sand down the surface and vacuum up any extra dust to avoid any bubbles, blisters or other damage to the quality of your coating. Any contamination on the surface can result in the coating reticulating, a phenomena where the epoxy beads together and creates dry spots.
For superior clear coatings, sanding with the grain will enhance the aesthetics of the finished part. Naturally oily woods such as teak should have the surface oiliness removed with acetone and paper towels.
The working environment can play a large part in the quality of the finished coating and a dry dust free environment will obviously give better results. Importantly the temperature of the workplace, the temperature of the wood, and the temperature of the epoxy should all be similar. 64°F would be a comfortable working temperature.
Once your surface is fully prepared, you can start applying the epoxy. It is advisable to apply multiple thin coats rather than a single, thick coat. The best results are achieved by applying the epoxy evenly. The ‘roll on and tip off’ method is a great way to do this – ‘roll on’ a thin layer of epoxy with a foam roller and then ‘tip-off’ by dragging another roller, cut into sections, across it to leave the surface both level and free from air bubbles.
With some coarse grain timbers, the first coat may be quite rough and lift some wood fiber from the surface. If this happens, then stop, allow the coating to cure and then sand the surface until it is smooth ready for the next coating application.
Once the epoxy is as tacky as masking tape, apply the next coat. If you can’t make a fingernail impression in the coating, wait until that coat has cured and then wash any amine blush away before abrading the surface ready for the next coat. Whilst the epoxy cures, gently apply a dry heat source, such as a hot air blower, to remove any air bubbles. Warming the epoxy will reduce the viscosity, thus enabling the air to escape more easily.
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