Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

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Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #1 by bigfoot » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:31 pm

Will start my first dibs at laminating epoxy. Made a mahogany bench, which I plan for outdoor use. I bought the Epolam 2017 by Axson technologies, locally sold by Bigpix Graphics in Makati for 700/kg set. Its been in the market for a couple of years already, and suppose to be proven with anti-UV properties, used for surfboards, bancas with no additional need for additional UV protective topcoat.

As per Balarila, will use squeegee in applying for horizontal surfaces, and stiff brush for the legs.

Polymer Commonwealth doesn't have stock of squeegee, maybe will try using silk screen squeege for now.

I expect the bench to be abused anyway, so its ok for my test piece.
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #2 by balarila » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:12 pm

Good luck!

BTW, many people develop severe allergies to epoxy so make sure you wear gloves. If applying on wide surfaces, I protect my arms and elbows by wearing long-sleeve shirts or those elastic sleeves that motorcycle riders wear.

For gloves, the latex surgical gloves tend to sag with epoxy. I use nitrile gloves which I found effective.

Have a bottle of vinegar ready so that, if you get epoxy anywhere you don't want it, wipe off with vinegar.
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #3 by Violaine » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:28 pm

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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #4 by bigfoot » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:49 pm

First try sucks big time, it was blotchy. I used squeegee from NBS.

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Some areas seems a little starved. All I need is weather protection, plan to sand it down to level it, should I add another thin layer? Maybe using a foam roller?
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #5 by balarila » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:39 pm

Light sanding after 24 hours then add another layer. Still use the rubber squeegee. You should then have an even gloss.

Aside from added UV protection, I also add polyurethane on top of epoxy to get the proper sheen I want. I find epoxy too glossy so I use either flat or satin poly.

But that's your preference.
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #6 by ernieserrano » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:31 am

mga how much worth of epoxy was used for that brother?
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #7 by bigfoot » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:35 am

@Ernie
Way too much, I was watching youtube kasi, but they were laminating table tops, which is too thick for may taste. I just want enough weatherproofing protection.

@Ding
Yeah, this is too glossy for me too.
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #8 by timber715 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:07 pm

Jun, first apply a very thin coat of epoxy to seal the wood, you can use a brush for this. The bubbles can be torched. once the first coat cures, apply as much as you want. Epoxy will always come out thick, suggest you stick with Spar Varnish for simplicity...
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #9 by bigfoot » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:04 pm

Some lessons:

Always follow the mixing time/procedure, it will lower the viscosity, making it easier to apply. Stirring longer not only mix the harderner and resin properly, but also lowers viscosity.

On drying, same rules that applies to polyuerthane. Staring, praying, touching might hasten it, but only by miniscule amount. You have better chances of ruining it buy touching it within the 1st 6 hours of curing.

Cleanup up drips and droplets for an hour or so after applying, they will be a pain to cleanup afterwards, even with masking applies. I will avoid applying epoxy 2 hours before meal time. I use a heatgun for cleanup, but still more chances of ruining your work.

I really admire Ding for his dedication to epoxy, pati papel ata, epoxy gamit. :D
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Re: Laminating epoxy for outdoor furniture

Unread post #10 by balarila » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:07 am

bigfoot wrote:I really admire Ding for his dedication to epoxy, pati papel ata, epoxy gamit. :D


He-he. Konting practice lang iyan.

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