Asked on Aug 14, 2019

How can I repair this coffee table that I painted (pic)?

Susan ShutterDeeSharon


I did a oil /acrylic painting on a coffee table.let it dry then applied 2 coats polyurethane let it dry applied 2 coats epoxi resin .should have left it but no...I tried to fix it with another coat of polyurethane let it dry then another coat of resin.ripples so put resin in pockets then reapplied another coat.its F***ED BAD I'm in tears this is a commission Do I sand it...? I dont have heat torch.

8 answers
  • Mandy
    on Aug 14, 2019

    I think you might have to sand it down I between coats of poly to give it a smooth look. At this point see if u can get a fine sand paer to grind down the coats and if it looks smooth do thin coats of poly

  • William
    on Aug 14, 2019

    Sand it down till it's smooth. No poly with resin. They both conflict. Depending how bad the ripples are start with a coarse grit sandpaper. 100 grit....will remove most of the ripples, then go to 150 grit.... to remove sanding marks, then 220 grit to get a smooth glass finish. Wipe well. Then one coat of resin.

  • Asha
    on Aug 15, 2019

    Wow i would literally not oil anymore

  • Megan
    on Aug 15, 2019

    Sanding it down is your best option. If you are using epoxy there is no need to also use poly.

  • Sharon
    on Aug 15, 2019

    Wet sanding it with progressively finer grit till the ripples are smooth,,,, then you need a heat source to pop those bubbles - you can use a torch or blow dryer, or heat gun to get them out.

  • Dee
    on Aug 15, 2019

    You definitely need a heat gun to get the bubbles out but that is usually done while the resin is still wet.

    I would try a 220 grit sandpaper and work up to and 800 grit

  • Dee
    on Aug 15, 2019

    You really need a heat gun to pop the bubbles, but that is usually done when the resin is wet. I would do exactly what Sharon said with wet sanding. Start out with a 300 grit and work your way up to 1000 grit.

  • Susan Shutter
    on Aug 17, 2019

    Would love to see pics of final result! Sounds like it is fixable, from what others have said. Best of luck!

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