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How to spread epoxy

by Sunburned
posted 02-21-2017 04:08 AM


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shipwright

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 04:32 AM

Bonds spreader, regardless of the area.
Yes you likely need more epoxy. Th height surface tension that makes it self level also makes it bead up if it isn’t thick enough.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 04:33 AM

double post….... :-(

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Kelly

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 04:39 AM

I used to buy my epoxy in five gallon cans. I used tongue depressors. I would grab one, break it an inch or two up, which would just fold it to about a 45, then start spreading. This also allowed me to scoop run off and plant it back up where I needed it.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 04:43 AM

I would pour and spread with plastic spreader moving in a single direction over the entire surface. You can also use a rubber squeegee on a larger surface. I think that you can use xylene to clean the spreader if you want to reuse it but it might be easier to cut a piece of plastic from a milk carton or laundry detergent jug that you can just throw it away. Get a straw to blow on it while spreading it will help get air bubbles out as you go. A hair drier may be a better method than a torch for getting stubborn bubbles out. I’ve scorched the epoxy with a torch when I lingered too long on one spot. Also make sure that you fill any little cracks or voids first and let any trapped air escape for a minute or 2 before covering the rest of surface. I have had air keep bubbling up until it started to set and wound up with a large raised blister on the surface.

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