Bad epoxy pour??

Jamie frizzell
by Jamie frizzell
I used an epoxy 2 part. It looked weird last night but I was assured that it would smooth out over night. Well as the pictures somewhat show the table is smooth like in areas and swirly uneven and rough. How can I fix this? It is already hardened...
bad epoxy pour
bad epoxy pour
  7 answers
  • William William on Jul 18, 2016
    Sometimes you can use a blow dryer a on high heat setting to soften the epoxy and see if it will flow. Another choice would be to sand the blemished areas with coarse sand paper to smooth them out and do another pour.
  • Patricia Patricia on Jul 19, 2016
    I would call the manufacturer and see if they can pinpoint what would have caused the problem and what they recommend to fix it. My guess is you will need to sand it and pour another coat of resin making sure the table is perfectly level beforehand. Best of luck with your project!
  • Sand it down to level. Then get some more epoxy and make sure it "self leveling". Then pour a thin overcoat.
  • James James on Jul 19, 2016
    The problem started when you used a brush to apply the mixture. Because it's an epoxy you will probably have to completely scrape not sand the entire top. Then apply 3 or 4 coats of semi-gloss melamine. High gloss finishes are hard to maintain. Good luck
    • Jamie frizzell Jamie frizzell on Jul 20, 2016
      I didn't use a brush to apply. I poured it directly in a circle like the directions said. Does that make a difference in your suggestion on how to fix it?
  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 19, 2016
    This is a last result. Use a heat gun and scrape the gooey mix off. Then you have to start all over. Good luck. Might have been applied to thickly or over brushed the epoxy. Was the wood wet or damp?
    • Jamie frizzell Jamie frizzell on Jul 20, 2016
      This particular table I built 4 years ago so I don't believe it would've been wet or damp. I also regulated the templates in the room to make sure for humidity
  • Geri Ann Geri Ann on Jul 20, 2016
    I would remove it and start over fresh. The manufacturer can tell you the best way to get it off. It looks to me like you painted it on to try and spread it around evenly? You can use a paint brush to clean up the drips on the sides and bottom but never on the top surface. It's meant to be poured not painted on and the surface should be level. If the surface is level it'll smooth itself out and seek it's own level. The result should be smooth as glass. Use something to lift your surface up over a drop cloth. I use plastic cups underneath. It also looks like you may not have used enough product??? Mix all the product you need before you start your pour be generous. Use a hair dryer or heat gun held about 8 to 12 inches high after you finish your pour to remove any air bubbles. It should also be in a dust free environment. Good luck Jamie.
    • Jamie frizzell Jamie frizzell on Jul 20, 2016
      I leveled the table with a level, but there is a natural bow in it. In the middle of the table it is beautiful just like glass. I spread it out with a long flat plastic form.
  • Vicki Buckley Vicki Buckley on Jul 22, 2016
    I worked with Table Top epoxy for over 10 yrs . This is what I would do.. First sand the top layer, smooth is good but mainly you want the next coat of epoxy to have something to hold on to. When mixing the 2 parts try not to get bubbles in it , when well mixed gently pour over the area and then using well fitting exam gloves carefully spread over the area. Wait 10 min. or so and check for air bubbles use a heat gun NOT a hair dryer and remove the air bubbles. Be very carefull not to "boil" the epoxy or you will have to take it down to the barewood. Just keep that gun moving about 8 to 10 inches above the area. Wait again and check for bubbles and repeat. Check every 10 to 15 min. until no imperfections appear. A torch will also work Be super carefull as the epoxy is flammable!!. You will have drips off the edge I used my gloved finger to smooth them off the I used a sander to remove any that were left after every thing cured. I know this is a long answer and contrary to what a lot of people will tell you but it worked for me for over 10 yrs . I made tables ,clocks, pictures, incense burners, etc. as a business . I hope this helps you.