Asked on Oct 05, 2016

What to do when a fly gets caught in your epoxy finish?

Mark Chudy
by Mark Chudy
I poured a 2 part epoxy finish on my bar top last evening and came down this morning to find a fly half buried in the dried finish. I can dig out the flyb but is there a repair kit for small areas or do I need to do a total recoat?
  11 answers
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 05, 2016
    This made me smile. As a 'bar top' I might leave it as a conversation piece, (the "barfly" passed out on his back) but if you must, dig it up, sand just the spot if you need to and just touch up. no one will notice it is so small a spot.If you don't have any epoxy left, I would just sand with a q-tip just the spot, as little as possible and maybe leave it then or use just a drop of any clear touchup product, even clear nail polish, no one is going to notice that.
    • IFortuna IFortuna on Oct 06, 2016
      I love the fly! LOL A gift to decor. In memoriam barfly R.I.P. . . .
  • Lindy Lindy on Oct 06, 2016
    LOL Johnchip! Exactly! With a little R.I.P. tombstone LOL. But I suppose what's funny to some is not so much to others (like poor Mark who worked so hard to make the bar beautiful). Yes, follow Johnchip's advice, but that IS pretty funny.
  • CINDI790 CINDI790 on Oct 06, 2016
    I feel for you. I did that top in my kitchen years ago. Came back the next day and there it was. Needless to say, I scraped off the part that was sticking out and left the rest. It became a warning for the others, lol. Covered mine with a little clear polish and let it go. His name was Fred.
  • Rae Rae on Oct 06, 2016
    My son did a table top with many layers of epoxy. He got rid of the bubbles that naturally happened with a heat gun. You might try digging out the fly carefully and refilling it with new epoxy and then the heat gun to blend. Probably with it being what appears to be rough cut wood no one will notice anyway.
  • ToolBox Divas ToolBox Divas on Oct 06, 2016
    :) The same thing happened to me. Haha. You will have to sand down the top with 1000+ grit sand paper then buff it with a buffer and reapply the epoxy.
  • Pat Ruge Pat Ruge on Oct 06, 2016
    I really liked the bar fly that just won't leave!
  • Gidget Gidget on Oct 06, 2016
    You can fill the hole with clear nail polish (polyurethane). Build up slowly and let it completely dry in between coats.
  • Donna Dame Donna Dame on Oct 07, 2016
    It depends on the epoxy you used and how long it has sat drying. I use Liquid Glass. This can be a bigger set up than other epoxy, but it is worth it! With this product, after the pour, you need to use a butane/propane torch to eliminate all of the air bubbles. Since I was outside with this project, I also had plenty of flying insects! I found I was able to remove the insect from the soft epoxy very carefully with a toothpick and then continue to slowly and patiently use the torch to "re-melt" the area and it all filled itself in sign of any bug parts or errors in my finish. So, depending on the epoxy used, removing the bug carefully, and SLOWLY & CAREFULLY warming the surface MAY help you out.
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  • Janice Janice on Mar 24, 2024

    Dig the dead out, dispose of it, and add clear nail polish.....nobody else will notice.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 24, 2024

    Yup, it would bother me to have a fly stuck in the epoxy, especially because of what they land on.. Dig it up, sand the area where it was and fill in with clear nail polish. Let dry if you are doing this in layers.