Asked on Jan 17, 2012

How do I remove a failed Epoxy pour from a table top?

Susan JohnsonMatt KnoxJulie Vance Sellin
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I tried to refinish my table using "Parks" Super Glaze Ultra Gloss Epoxy. This is a two part epoxy and t had a problem with the pour. A good third of the table did not 'set' and remained tackey. The Parks company was very good with replacing the product, But I am stuck removing the failed pour. Sanding just loads up the paper in seconds. Please help.
Thank you.
45 answers
  • Hug, you will need to blast the heck out of it with a heat gun. After what seems like forever, it will start to soften up a bit, and that should allow you to scrape it away. Note though that this will still be tough to do and may damage the table itself. You will need to fix the gouges before doing the epoxy again.

  • The heating action of the sanding process as well as any grinding will soften the material and clog the equipment your using. You may want to consider renting a small sand blasting machine to remove this sticky product. Regardless of what idea seems to work for you, its not going to a pretty project ahead.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 19, 2012

    How long has it been tacky? And what temperatures has it been exposed to? It may harden as it gets warmer. Otherwise, I defer to Dan and Woodbridge. They always know their stuff.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 19, 2012

    I have used a chisel to remove stubborn debris...It aint the fastest process...but the control is pretty good. Once you get the bulk of it off sanding can pick up the rest. I'm guessing the "failure" was due to improper mixing or being a bit off in your ratios of resin to hardener.

  • That's a toughie and I'm speculating but I would try a grinder. Go to The Depot and pick up 3 or 4 different kinds of wheels, anything from sanding wheels to cutting wheels. My guess is you could score it first with the cutting wheel and then use the chisel followed by a 40 or 60 grit sanding wheel. You may need to spend $200 for all this unless you can rent or borrow a grinder if you don't have one. Let us know how it goes. Best, Charles

  • Hug E
    on Apr 9, 2012

    Thank you all for your help. My wife had a much easier solution. I glued a piece of masonite to the top and gave the table to my neighbor to use as a 'scrapbooking' table. Now I dont have to fight/wrestle with the epoxy, my neighbor gets a new table, and my wife gets to shop for a new table. Every one is happy. :-) Thanks again.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 9, 2012

    Hug...so are you going to try again? Was this failure a mixing problem, or due to some old stale product...you said they replaced the product.

  • Dave
    on Feb 28, 2013

    I've been searching for a way to fix this for days. Just found this site. I have been using this epoxy for a couple of months with perfect results. I'm putting it on 1" thick birch wood that has had a photograph or other artwork printed directly on the wood. I've always just poured the full bottle of "A" and "B" into a contained together and mixed it for way longer than the 3 minutes, mix, another 3 minutes they recommend. This time I got lazy and was not really into what I was doing. I only mixed it for a few minutes. Lazy. But now I'm F...ed. Its been about 10 days and its not set at all. I'm in an open garage. Its been in the upper 70's, just like all the times it was perfect. I was out of town for five days and when I came home and that stuF still was all soft and sticky. Pissed. So I take a small picture and about 5 layers of aluminum foil under. In the oven. Broiler. 200 degrees. About 1 minute later some serious smoke and I'm sure deadly fumes filled the kitchen. Ok. I'm really not that stupid. I was just out of options and it might work. Now I have to try to remove this without destroying the print on the wood. Under the goo. If I touch it I can easily leave a mark. Please help remove this stuff. I've been thinking for days and I got nothing. Can't really scrape, because you will ruin the prints. I hate to lose expensive wood prints, but I'm going to throw them away. Any info/guesses appreciated. thanks Dave

  • Yair Spolter
    on Feb 28, 2013

    @Dave, you are more likely to find help by posting this as a new question. Just click on the "Post/Ask" button on the top of the page and type in your question with as much detail as possible (you can just copy from your comment here) and the Hometalk community will no doubt come to your rescue. :-) Good luck!

  • Liz Smith
    on Sep 26, 2013

    I have the same problem. The glaze was put the table in the spring and it is still tacky in some spots. What is the solution?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 26, 2013

    adding a bit of just the "hardener" my cure the surface a bit...it may not penetrate much if at all but it may remove some of the tackiness.

  • Walt
    on Jun 6, 2014

    Just wondering....would another coat on top of the initial one help at all.....

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 7, 2014

    I recently refinished a large table where the owner tested the epoxy on a corner area. The finish was cured properly so it was fairly easy to remove using a heavy belt sander and some 24 grit paper.

    q how do i remove a failed epoxy pour from a table top, painted furniture, The top after I removed the epoxy and finish sanded and top coating with some wiping poly
  • Ann Ellis
    on Jul 7, 2014

    after it dried, I have a few areas with dimples. how do I get rid of them? do I just pour a little more glaze on that spot? or what?

  • Ann Ellis
    on Jul 11, 2014

    no, no one has helped me on this yet.

    • Mik1675152
      on May 13, 2015

      @Ann Ellis as the "dimples" form, just add more epoxy to that area but make sure not wait too long or you will have an outline of where the new epoxy was poured. To eliminate the "dimples", use a squeegee with a 1/8 notch. This will ensure even coverage.

  • Ann Ellis
    on Jul 12, 2014

    I used Parks Super Glaze and ended up with a few dimples in my finished product. How do I get rid of these dimples now?

    • Wayne
      on Feb 24, 2018

      Try using a torch on a low flame,keep it away about 6-8 inches and just swipe over the area your doing, you should see the dimples disappear,let me know how you do

  • With any application of glazing or epoxies of any type you need to be really careful both with application and mixing. If you stir the mix to aggressively air bubbles will become trapped in the product that will show up after the material is applied and dried. These bubbles can result in indents in the finished surface which is what I believe your having experienced. Also using the wrong application tool, such as a brush when it calls for a foam brush can cause havoc in the final finish. In your case, you will need to carefully sand the top finish. Ideally wet sanding using a spray bottle with clear water and sand paper designed to be used with water and using at least a grit of 400 carefully remove the shiny surface an imperfections. You can check your progress by using a rubber squeegee to wipe the surface moisture off as you sand. When doing this the low spots that have not been sanded out will show up as wet showing you your progress on the sanding process. Once smooth with no orange peel look when wiped, Rinse the surface off and dry well. Then reapply carefully the glaze. This should solve your issue.

    • Brian Mcneese
      on Apr 8, 2017

      Great advise, this is what I do when it just ain't right the first time.
      try try again. And follow the mixing directions along with correct ratio 1:1
      and always clean with denatured acohol. God luck

  • AmishIamnot
    on Sep 15, 2014

    I hate this product, I made a farmhouse table and stained and then used Parks superglaze days later. Read directions then left my table tacky and ruined. Debating sanding it off, adding more activator, adding entire second coat? Not sure what do I do?

  • Do not try to use any additional activator it it will be a mess to fix after. You need to sand the table and start again. When using this type of product it is critical that you mix it really well and use exactly the correct amount of mix material or you will have issues. Also the weather needs to be dry and warm not damp and cool for this to work correctly. There are many variables that if not followed to a T the project will fail. Its not the product itself its the application. Even if you thought you did every thing correctly, something simply was not done correctly. My guess it was the weather.

  • Steve Reaume
    on Nov 30, 2014

    I had the same problem because I failed to mix well. If the epoxy is just sticky to the touch, but not soft (meaning you cannot stick your finger nail into the epoxy), then you should be able to just pour another flood coat over top of the first. This worked for me. However, I did have small areas of "soft" epoxy, and I had to remove this by scraping out the soft epoxy. It was a very messy and tedious process, but do it in small increments. Otherwise you may get frustrated and just scrap the whole project (I came close to this a couple times). After you scrape out the soft areas, you will want to refill them with a small mix of epoxy, prior to reflooding the whole surface. This all worked for me, but it as a long process and I really didn't want to start all over with my whole bar top. Mix the epoxy well, and as recommended!!!!

    • Steve Reaume
      on Dec 19, 2014

      Keith, I used envirotex as well. If your first coat is just a bit tacky in spots, but still hard, then another coat should work. It did for me. The only thing I did before pouring the second coat, is clean with some alcohol. I also ensured that I mixed the next batch more vigorously!! Second coat is much easier as well typically. Not as many bubbles coming up through the epoxy.

  • Scott ehredt
    on Dec 28, 2014

    In my first applications, i was just trying to fill cracks and holes and it set up great, just the way I was expecting. These were small batches and I was stirring for a full 3 minutes. Then for the final coat I created almost 64 ounces of mixed product to get the right thickness over my tabletop. I think possibly I should have stirred it 6 minutes as instructed or poured it into a new container as that might have helped it mix more, too. Anyway, the result of the final pour has been tacky for a week now but it finally seems to have cured in some spots. Other spots are still tacky so I just plan to wait another week. Then I need to sand a bit to get rid of the waves and I plan to add a bit more epoxy to a couple spots where I somehow failed to get it to cover. And ultimately I plan to add a coat of polyurethane. I'm still hoping it will work out. My main point is that at 67 degrees F it took over a week for the sticky areas to become non-sticky...although some areas are still sticky but I'm guessing they will cure in the next few days. Good Luck.

    • Scott ehredt
      on Feb 21, 2016

      @Scott ehredt I did sand that back down but just with an orbital sander and the new polyurethane went on as one might expect, I think just two coats. And we've been using the table for about a year now. I'm not sure if it is clear what I meant above about sealing the top before the pour. The first go-around, I turned the tabletop upside down and wherever there was a crack, even the most minute crack that goes all the way through to the "top", I taped it, then flipped the tabletop right-side-up and did a mini-pour just over the crack/hole until it stopps running through. Had I done that the second time around thye pour might have been okay without all the added steps.

  • Hemlock
    on Jan 21, 2015

    The answer is your screwed, chisel it down as close to the wood as you can and sand away until you have clean wood, re pour.

  • Caleb Norton
    on Jul 28, 2015

    Just did this...AND fixed it! Hemlock is right BUT DO NOT SAND THE EPOXY, it turns into a huge mess. Instead, wait 72 hours for it to cure. Thenuse a chisel and aim for as close as you can to 1/16" from the clear coat top. The epoxy should have hardened enough that you can "pry" it up. Then just keep your gloves on and pull like crazy. Mine pulled off completely, then sanded and refinished.

  • Alice lyons
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I had a table with photos that I put this on, some old some new. After curing some parts were sticky. I called the company and they told me to use a heat gun and slowly go over the table scraping with a putty knife. Once I got a little hole I was able to get the knife under the surface and the cured stuff rolled up. Of course this took quite a while. A couple things I learned... Don't use Polaroid photos and make copies of the photos first so you don't lose memories and all photos are the same age. The company sent me a me order of the glaze and reimbursed me for the heat gun.

  • Michael
    on Feb 21, 2016

    Does anyone know how to fix a hand print on an uncured table top that made an impression. The whole table has cured perfectly and there is a large hand print on the side.

    • Steve Reaume
      on Feb 21, 2016

      I suspect that a recoat overcoat of epoxy will hide the handprint. You could try sanding it down a bit prior to recoating, but you may end up with a little "shadow" appearance on that area of the surface. I don't think here is much else you can do if it is all cured.

  • Robbin Cramer
    on Feb 25, 2016

    What did I do wrong when the next day of pouring the countertop, It was dried but not cured and there are air bubbles and dimples in it? It is not responding to heat. Any ideas of what to do and how to prevent it from happening again?

  • Jerico
    on Mar 22, 2016

    just wondering if paint remover and a scraper ? put paint remover on let it sit 15 -20 mins to let it soften then use a plastic scraper get to the wood then sand ? I did a table that has flaws in it and I know what I did wrong but need to fix ; glade to hear sanding wont work;

  • Gerri Davis
    on Nov 4, 2016

    I don't know if you've corrected your problem yet, but I was just reading about this in an information post for bar top epoxies. The directions indicated that you will need to add a coat of epoxy on top of the existing tacky coat and that will take care of your problem.

  • Ashley Parmer
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Use nail polish remover

    • Barb Liebman
      on Feb 23, 2017

      Did you use nail polish remover to correct a tacky spot? I have a small, two-inch square spot that is still tacky after eight days.

  • Christine Goff
    on Dec 30, 2016

    My father did a resin bar top 50 years ago but no matter what you put on it it sticks. What can I do to fix it or is there a paint I can use to cover it up.

  • Josh
    on Feb 24, 2017

    undortunately I had a similar issue when I filled a crack in my table. Did the epoxy pour all at once, hit it with heat every 10 min for an hour to get the rising bubbles and I still ended up with this overnight. I can't really chisel this large crack.

  • LV
    on Apr 8, 2017

    My epoxy is 24 hours old, but now has a hairline crack in it. What is going on?

  • Nico Styles
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Find someone with a thicknesser, this could be as easy as your local cabinetmaker or joinery, it its a largish top rip it into a couple of strips run it through the thicknesser and voila its better than new, join the strips back together, a quick sand and youre ready to refinish......

  • Shadow21918
    on Jun 12, 2017

    We did our first pour on a painted pallet table top. Turned out great. So we just did a second small table top that has a painting under the glaze. It is full of bubbles. Can we sand the top to get the bubbles out and then re coat it. Will the sanding leave a clouded look?

  • John Deegan
    on Jun 13, 2017

    I have the same problem. Mixed the product thoroughly and ended up with a tacky mess. It's been 3 weeks now and is still tacky. It's a very expensive cherry desk. I am tempted to throw it away. I'm wondering if paint & varnish remover would remove the epoxy? I tried using acetone ....no go.

  • Cha Cha Degogorio
    on Jun 21, 2017

    Try wiping just a bit of the hardener, then let it sit. This has worked on a few of my projects. :) at least as a last resort before throwing the desk away. That would be a shame!

  • Shirley Dresch
    on Jun 23, 2017

    Used glaze coat on a table top and had wrinkles. Tried sanding now there is a white haze on it. How do I get it back to shiney

  • Parks super glaze
    How do you remove if it hasn't hardened yet?
    Is my vanity ruined?

  • Janice
    on Sep 4, 2017

    I used the ultra glaze on an antique dresser I intend to use as a bathroom vanity. No problems with the hardening, but I ended up with dimples. Did another thin coat to even it out, and now I have all sorts of bumps and waves. Is there a a realistic fix?

  • Toni summers
    on Oct 9, 2017

    I applied my epoxy and everything seemed fine. It now i have TONS of dimples of epoxy clear coat all through my countertops! i don't want to sand it because I'm worried that it will cause it to whiten, and it took HOURS to refinish with painting so I'm not going to repaint it, the epoxy dried well, however. Is there a way that I can fill in the dimples, or touch it up so that I can remove the tigidness in the dimples from my countertops?

  • Natalie Mosley
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Just repour and it will fill in the dimples

  • Julie Vance Sellin
    on Nov 16, 2017

    I had a big birch table that I could not find natural chairs for so I decided to strip and stain to match new chairs. I couldn't sand the scratches off to stain nicely so painted then epoxy. After 3 days a lot of it was still sticky, some nice and hard but other areas had drip marks and looked awful. It was very difficult to chisel off so I tried the last of my varnish remover and softened it right up and scrapes off pretty well. Will sand and start over with a different plan.

  • Matt Knox
    on Mar 17, 2018

    I built a super-sized farm table. I put a coat of famowood glaze coat on it. There were several spots that I wasn't satisfied with. So I decided I would put another coat over it. BIG BOO BOO! The second coat was weeks later and hasn't cured in two weeks. I figured out how to get it down to bare wood and start from scratch. Heat gun and a 5 in 1 tool. Oh and patience.

  • Susan Johnson
    on Sep 3, 2018

    I messed up when I was a little short of resin and mixed another brand in. My perfect wood slab is still sticky after a week. Sanding just gums up. What should I do

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