Epoxy is being used all around the globe for several different projects because of its properties. Epoxy is a high strength material and it is also effective electrical insulation. It is cost-effective and resistant to chemicals and solvents.
Our article features the DIY method for making your very own epoxy tabletop which can make an excellent handmade gift.
The first step is mixing your epoxy. Most people tend to use a 1-to-1 mix; these are usually one part resin and one part hardener. However, it’s best to check any countertop website to determine the area and how much resin you’ll need. A tabletop usually requires two pours, a base, and all the colors that you’re interested in mixing in. After your first pour, you’ll need to brush the workpiece to ensure that it is evenly spread. You’ll also need to apply some heat to the surface to ensure that you remove any bubbles that are present. You can use either a torch or a heat gun.
After you’ve removed the bubbles, it’s time to pour the second coat. This is where you’ll add the colors that you desire. While doing the second pour, you can use what is known as the dirty technique or you can use any other that you like. When you pour the mixture onto the surface, you can use a piece of PVC pipe to slather it in any pattern or direction that you like; this stage should be completed within 45 minutes after you poured the base.
If you’re unsure about your pattern, you could easily draw the pattern, and decide what motion you’re interested in. These can be anything from zigzag, swirling, or anything else that comes to mind. After you’ve created the pattern, you’ll need to remove the bubbles like before. Your workpiece would need to sit for at least 24 hours before you continue. You’ll need to inspect the piece for any mishaps. If everything checks out on your piece, you’re ready to add a clear coat. Clearcoat keeps your design protected and looking like new. However, you’ll need lightly sand the piece before you pour the clear coat. Sandpaper with grits 120, 220, and 440 can all be used.
After you’ve lightly sanded your piece, you can use a wet rag to remove any accumulated dust. When the surface is dry, you’ll then need to pour the clear coat on the surface. A brush is used to spread the resin and more heat is applied to remove any bubbles that appear on your smooth surface. When you’re finished, you’ll once again need to allow the piece to dry for at least 24 hours. You’ll also need to ensure that you clean up any drips that were on the bottom of the tabletop. The last thing needed is to add the legs in. You can use any type of legs that suit your tabletop and you can also position them in any direction that you desire.
As we conclude, we have just looked at how to make your very own DIY epoxy tabletop. These projects can be a lot of fun when you undertake them. And they will be a gift to remember forever.
However, it’s always advised to use protective equipment when working with tools and materials to ensure your safety.