How to Repair a Dining Table with Stone Coat Epoxy
Step by Step Instructions
Step #1: Clean with TSP
Following the manufacturer's instructions, dilute the TSP concentrate with warm water and misted the project heavily to remove the grease and grime before sanding.
Step #2: Sand leaf and table surface
Rough up and Sand the surface and between the table leaf with 220 grit sandpaper. You will need to rough up any lacquer to create a mechanical bond.
Step #3: Permanently install table leaf with Quick Coat
Mix small batches at a time if working with many table leaf's. Start by pouring part B 1st then part A at a 1:1 ratio by volume. Mix for 2 minutes with a paddle mixer.Add Stone Coats Epoxy thickener to achieve desired level of thickness, usually 5% by weight of mixed epoxy. Use a bondo spreader to get the thickened Quick Coat in both sides of the table leaf. Make sure the seams are completely filled up before you squish it tight.
Step #4: Roundover any sharp edges
Use a 1/8’’ round over bit on my trim router to roll the top edge. This will encourage the epoxy to flow over evenly for nice, smooth, and beautiful epoxy edges. Finish off sanding with 220 grit, you do not need to be perfectly smooth, the epoxy will overcome pits, knots, and scares.
Step #5: Apply Epoxy Undercoat
Apply two coats of Stone Coats Epoxy Undercoat. Allow the Epoxy Undercoat to fully dry before applying the second coat. Sand between coats with 220 grit sandpaper. You can pour epoxy over the Undercoat in as little as 4 hours
Step #6: Mix Epoxy and Prep for pour
Measure the epoxy at a 1:1 ratio by volume and mix with a paddle mixer for 2 minutes. For an Exotic Pour color recipe we recommend mixing 4-5 ounces per square foot of tabletop. After mixing, divide the epoxy into separate mixing cups. Use masking tape to create a tape damn around the perimeter of your table. This will keep the exotic pour on your table until the project self levels.
Step #7: Tint the mixed epoxy
Add in the epoxy dyes and metallic powders. A little bit goes a long way. Each 15 gram vivid metallic powder will completely tint a full 2 gallon kit of epoxy. Our liquid epoxy dyes are extremely colorfast and only a few drops are needed to tint the epoxy. Mix color additives with a mixing stick for 30-60 seconds. After tinting the epoxy pour mixed epoxy back in to the larger mixing bucket randomly. Keep layering until larger bucket is full
Step #8: Apply Exotic Pour
Here comes the fun part! In any pattern you choose slowly pour out your larger mixing bucket onto your project. I’m looking for the stacked sediment look so I will pour my bucket back and forth.
Step #9: Tilt & meld the epoxy
Because this is a dining table, I can lift and tilt this project for some seriously realistic looking effects. If you cannot lift or tilt your project, don’t worry you can still get these effects letting the epoxy self-level and using a heat gun to move and meld the epoxy. Hold the propane torch or heat gun a couple inches from the surface of the epoxy. In a sweeping motion warm and pop air bubbles incorporated into the epoxy while mixing. Warm the leading edge of the epoxy in the direction you intend to tilt. Let gravity to the hard work for you! I really like how the epoxy will flow naturally and randomly leaving you with a great looking countertop. Peel the tape when tilting is complete.
Step #10: Prep for Clear Coat of Epoxy
After a 24 cure lightly sand the surface and edges with 220 grit sandpaper. Remove the sandpaper from the block when sanding the edges. Use 91% isopropyl alcohol or acetone to clean off the dust.
Step #11: Apply Clear Coat of Epoxy
Mix up 3 ounces of epoxy per square foot of project. Measure at a 1:1 ratio by vol. Mix 2 min. Pour mixed epoxy in the center of the project. Use our 1/8'' square notch trowel to evenly spread and distribute the epoxy. Use a 2" angled brush to Chop the top in a random pattern to remove trowel lines and mix the epoxy one final time on the surface. Use a propane torch or heat gun and torch the surface at least 3 times taking time to sweep the entire surface. Let the project cure above 65 degrees. The clear coat of epoxy will be dry to the touch in 24 hours
Step #12: Prep for the Ultimate Top Coat
For the most natural feeling and best scratch resistance in the industry, we install the Ultimate Top Coat. We use one roller for applying the top coat wet and the other to dry roll the project to leave behind a tight sprayed on like finish. First use masking tape to de-lint both rollers. Measure the top coat at a 2:1 ratio by vol. Each Ultimate Top Coat will cover 40-50 square feet.
Step #12: Mix & apply the Ultimate Top Coat
Mix with a flat bottom mixing stick for 1-2 minutes add a dash of water to thin product. Do not exceed 5% water by volume. Mix again for another 30-60 seconds. Pour mixed Top Coat in to a paint tray and fully saturate you wet roller. Apply to the center of the project and use this as your reservoir as you feather out the Top Coat over the project.
Step #13: Apply & Dry Roll
When the tabletop has a uniform coating of the Top Coat, use your dry roller with light pressure applied to the frame or elbow of the roller. Dry roll the entire surface and edges of the project. Do not over dry roll, usually only one pass is needed for a tight crystal clear top coat. Don't be alarmed is subtle lap lines are present when done dry rolling, the top coat tightens up and becomes crystal clear when dry. The Ultimate Top Coat will be dry to the touch in 6-8 hours and ready for use in 24 hours.
Step #14: Enjoy you new table!
Clean your new project with any cleaner safe for laminate or solid surface countertops. Don't forget from Stone Coat Countertops - You Got This!
Here's our color recipe in the video:
- Metallic Powders:
- Diamond Dust
- Blue Earth