Parks Super Glaze for turning inlays?

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Forum topic by Abter posted 05-29-2018 07:11 PM 663 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2018 07:11 PM

I have never used a resin inlay to infill natural voids in turned bowls, etc. However I want to give it a try.

my question: does anyone have experience and/or opinions of using Parks Super Glaze (now by Rust-Oleum) as the resin material for such applications? What about adding dyes, metal powders, crushed rock?

I see Parks mentioned a bit in some threads here at LJ, but not much direct discussion of using it for this type of turning applications.

Any and all info and opinions welcome

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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#1 posted 05-29-2018 07:35 PM

Have not used that stuff and probably would not want too! Did take a stab at casting resin pen blanks without much success.

JMHO, would rather leave natural voids alone. They add contrast to over all design of a bowl or vase. After reading instructions think if follow them should not have too much trouble. Just allow enough time bottom layers to cured before adding more product.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 05-29-2018 07:44 PM

It will probably work fine, but be aware it is a fairly thin product with a decent open time so it will self level. If the voids go all the way through it will leak out.

I have used the Parks Super Glaze once, and if I recall it was very similar to Envirotex. Dry pigments work great in my experience. There is a Youtube channel called Artist Till Death that does lots of really cool effects with a variety of inks, dyes, paints, etc. and Envirotex. Everything I have seen on there has been flatwork though.

West Systems is expensive, but would probably work out better for you with turnings. Polyester resin also will work, but smells horrible for a long time.

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#3 posted 05-29-2018 08:05 PM

Thx for these comments. I should have mentioned I have used Parks a number of times, mainly for the bottom of cachepots (snooty French term for the outer covering for a house plants in a pot). I got the idea from Steve Ramsey (Woodworking for mere mortals) on youtube.

It certainly takes a long time to cure (~1 week), but results in a quite clear and hard coating on the bottom (some stays). Has a long shelf life too, which is great. Reminding me of the long cure time was very useful

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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