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Forum topic by Jermey posted 01-20-2017 02:52 PM 736 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2017 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: epoxy table winter finishing

Hi all,

I personally don’t have a vast amount of experience using 2 part epoxy. However, I’m aware of the fact that it isn’t great to use in cold weather. I’m from Michigan and have almost finished a farmhouse style dining room table for a friend. He has requested that I epoxy the top and I would love to deliver the product he wants. My question is: how do I epoxy a table in the winter? I have a basement that isn’t ventilated well enough and a garage that is separated from my house. I would appreciate and and all input on this matter. I’m looking for something cost efficient that won’t burn my garage down or have the epoxy fail to set.

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 03:07 PM



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#2 posted 01-20-2017 06:48 PM

EnviroTex Lite is a good product for that BUT, you will have to keep the temp over 60 for at least 48 hours.


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#3 posted 01-20-2017 07:17 PM

There are lots of 2 part epoxy companies out there and most of the ones designed for the marine industry offer both warm and cold setting formulas. I’ve used the cold formulas in the fifties without issue. FYI If you do use epoxy and the item is being used outdoors or subject to sunlight, you will need to top coat the epoxy with a Marine grade varnish or paint. Sunlight, specifically US rays, will breakdown the epoxy. Even if the epoxy manufacturer claims that their product has UV inhibitors in it! West systems epoxy is one of the biggest names in the marine/outdoor epoxy industry and offer a lot of great help on their website.

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#4 posted 01-22-2017 05:45 AM

System III is another epoxy brand worth checking out. They make a cold setting formula.

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#5 posted 01-22-2017 08:42 AM

Thanks for the input everyone. I think I have decided to just perform this task in my basement and ventilate as much as I can. I don’t want to put the expense of the epoxy out and have it turn out poorly. I shall update with the results.

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#6 posted 01-22-2017 02:08 PM

Don’t forget to warm the table up before applying the epoxy.

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#7 posted 01-22-2017 03:29 PM

I used to build boats in an unheated shop in all seasons. This is the best epoxy I know of for cold weather but it is not designed for self levelling. It will need to be sanded and top coated. No self levelling epoxy will work well in cold conditions.

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#8 posted 01-22-2017 09:30 PM

Epoxy puts out little in the way of volatiles, unlike polyester resins. But avoid getting the glue on your hands, as you can become sensitized to the hardener and get a rash. If that happens, you may not be able to use it again. If you do get it on your skin, removal is best with vinegar. Acetone works too, but I hate the fact that skin seems to absorb it.

Google “epoxy safety” online. It seems that uncured epoxy resins are not a hazard, though sanding dust can be a problem. I wouldn’t worry much about ventilation when applying epoxy.

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