Adhesive, durable, and resistant to water and heat, countertop and bar top epoxy is the perfect protectant for your kitchen. Our countertop epoxy works well with most woods, metals, and concrete countertops. Contact us if you need advice on whether our countertop epoxy is right for your project.
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The following is a coverage chart in square feet based on kit size and coat thickness in inches.
Creating DIY epoxy countertops is an easy and affordable way to update any kitchen or entertaining space. Epoxy countertops can resist scratches, withstand heat from everyday objects like hot coffee and tea mugs, and adds a crystal-clear finish to any bar or countertop. To finish a bar or countertop with epoxy resin, you’re going to need an epoxy countertop kit that includes epoxy resin and hardener. Once you have the epoxy countertop kit, follow these steps to finish a bar or countertop:
Yes, you can sand an epoxy bar or countertop. The main reason to sand a bar is to prepare the bar for resurfacing with new epoxy. When sanding epoxy, it’s best to use wet/dry 60 to 80 grit sandpaper and to sand the epoxy parallel to any scratches or uneven finishes. Once the countertop is sanded, you must wipe away any residue with acetone or isopropyl alcohol. Once the surface is clean and dry, you can pour a new thin layer of epoxy resin onto the countertop to get a shiny, updated finish. The new epoxy coating will fill in the scratches made by the sandpaper.
If you’re looking to create DIY epoxy countertops, you need to choose the right epoxy, such as AeroMarine’s Bar Top Epoxy. Bar top epoxy can be used to embed pennies and coins, pre-sealed baseball cards, bottle caps, pre-sealed comic books, pre-sealed photographs, and more onto a surface to create a one-of-a-kind finish. Epoxy resin can also be used on a variety of different types of countertops, such as cement, wood and most metals. AeroMarine Bar Top epoxy uses a natural mix ratio of 2:1, epoxy resin to epoxy hardener. This creates a finished countertop that’s smooth, glossy, and durable.
A. Yes, people do that all the time. Don’t put anything irreplaceable in epoxy because you will never be able to remove that item. Paper products like comics, photographs, and collectible cards must be sealed before embedding them into epoxy to prevent the colors from bleeding. You can use decoupage glue or spray sealant for this.
A. We generally recommend 1/8 of an inch. That is typical of what you will see in sports bars and restaurants. Keep in mind that doubling the thickness will double the cost of your project. The maximum thickness that we recommend pouring at one time is 1/8” but you can build up to thicker layers over time. This is because the epoxy generates heat in order to cure- the thicker the pour the greater the heat- It’s called exotherm.
A. The first few batches should be small, about a quart, so that you learn how to use the epoxy. After you get the hang of using the epoxy, then you might mix a gallon at a time.
A. Yes, generally there is no prep required between coats when pouring a table top as long as the additional pours are done within 7 days. You must wait at least 12 hours before pouring the next coat. Make sure to keep all dust and debris off the epoxy while it is curing. If you are concerned about possible contamination from oil, wipe the table top with a clean cloth and some acetone.
A. Most pros use the slick side of formica strips or polypropylene pieces to create a dam. Alternately, a wood strip can be used as the dam and left in place. A third method is just to brush, roll, or pour several layers onto the countertop and let the excess run off- but this can take several coats if you are trying to build up a lot of thickness. Any epoxy drips on the under side of the table can be cut off within a few hours and then sanded down evenly after the top is fully cured.
A. Yes. You may need to increase the amount of epoxy you buy in order to get the coverage you desire. Factor in about one and a half times additional epoxy to the quantity you would order from the coverage chart. This is just an estimate. It is essential that you have correctly calculated the amount of epoxy that you will need before starting your project!
A. This epoxy is more UV resistant than most because it is a cylcoaliphatic system, but it is not totally UV resistant and should not be used in direct sunlight without applying a UV resistant top coat such as a spar varnish.
A. Yes. Apply AeroMarine Products Bar Top Epoxy over a water-based stain. Wait until the water-based stain has cured according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, apply a thin priming coat of AeroMarine Products Bar Top Epoxy. **Avoid using any oil-based stain because the epoxy will have problems adhering to it. If you already have an oil-based stain on your bar top, please call us for technical guidance before applying any epoxy.**
A. About 250F, which means that you can put hot cups of coffee or tea on it. Never put a hot pan or skillet from the stove directly onto the epoxy.
A. We only recommend using a heat gun on low to break air bubbles. Keep the heat gun a few feet above the epoxy to prevent ripples. DO NOT use a hair dryer–it may cause waves in the surface. The same holds true for propane torches. Propane is under a lot of pressure and leaves the torch at a high speed, often causing waves in the countertop. Plus, it is tempting to use too much heat. In this case, “if a little is good, then a lot is better” doesn’t apply here.
A. No! More hardener will not thicken it. Instead, use a filler like microspheres or aerosil to thicken this epoxy to your desired consistency. Please note the color of the epoxy will change when fillers are added.
A. 1.) Let the epoxy cure for at least 72 hours at 70F. 2.) Use a palm sander with 60 to 80 grit sandpaper and sand the cured epoxy just below the desired surface level. **Do NOT use a grinder or a belt sander because it is too easy to remove too much material! 3.) Clean the surface with acetone or isopropyl alcohol and a clean cloth. 4.) Pour a coat of epoxy over the sanded cured epoxy.
A. For minor spills, use carbuerator cleaner or lacquer thinner. For cleaning hands, we recommend using a pumice hand soap.
A. You must keep all dust off your counter top for the first 18 hours after the pour. It’s a good idea to close off the room for the day to prevent dust from settling on the countertop. Do not get the water or moisture on the epoxy for 72 hours.
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