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Sainte

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06-01-2020 04:22 AM

I am having a difficult time locating 4×8 sheets of melamine. Can I use Formica for the mold or, should I just go with 3/4” mdf and line it with Tyvek sheathing tape?

Thanks all!


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#1 posted 06-01-2020 05:01 AM

my local home depot, lowes, and menard’s all carry 4×8 melamine. Are you far from a big box store?

-- ~Walker

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 05:02 AM

Epoxy will/can bond to formica. Maybe not to the super smooth super shiny laminate, not sure there. I even had it bond to melamine on one pour and had broken off chunks of melamine stuck in my pour as I separated it from the form. It will not bond to tyvek.

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Sainte

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 05:10 AM

Thanks y’all. Yes I have HD and Lowe’s close by but only get blank stares when I ask for it.

I guess I will just do tyvek tape on mdf.

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CaptainKlutz

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#4 posted 06-01-2020 05:16 AM

Thought every BORG on planet had this nasty stuff?
Maybe your not asking the right person?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Veranda-Melamine-White-Panel-Common-3-4-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Actual-750-in-x-49-in-x-97-in-461877/100070209

or

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Melamine-Board-Actual-0-75-in-x-49-in-x-8-08-ft/3605066

Use the isle and bay for your local store to find it.

PS – There are a lot of surfaces that can used as mold, provided you add a couple coats of paste wax on top as mold release? Test and you will see for sure.

Have used 6mil plastic sheeting from BORG for epoxy vacuum bag work for decades. 10mil is better as can stretch it and break minimal adhesion that might get created, but most stores don’t stock it. As long you don’t allow epoxy to flow around a fold/crease, it peels away easily.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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Sainte

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#5 posted 06-01-2020 07:02 AM

Cap,

Thanks for the links! When I did a search on the HD and Lowe’s websites, the only thing I would get were the shelves. At Lowe’s, they were offering to ship to my local store for $95.

Your link to Lowe’s showed me found sheets at the next store over from mine. Awesome man, thanks again.

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#6 posted 06-01-2020 01:11 PM

if you are not in a hurry to get your project started,
I would suggest you purchase a rattle can of “Mold Release”
from your local art supply house or an online source.
especially if you think you will be doing more epoxy projects in the future.
if you don’t want to do that, you can apply a liberal coating of hand rubbed
furniture wax to the parts where the epoxy will come in contact with the mold.
looking forward to following your journey in this fascinating project.

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#10 posted 06-01-2020 04:00 PM

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#11 posted 06-01-2020 04:04 PM

Whooooooooaaaaaa DUDE !!

THAT is one big project !!
have you poured epoxy before ?
please keep us in the loop with this project.
(I”m not even going to ask about the logistics of handling it once it is poured).
it is AWESOME !

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#12 posted 06-01-2020 04:18 PM



Whooooooooaaaaaa DUDE !!

- John Smith


?? Put your glasses on….

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#13 posted 06-01-2020 05:22 PM

LOL if I put my glasses on, it would look even MORE bigger !!

I hope that Sainte can make a project out of it and document
the entire process. it’s looking great so far !

my local WoodCraft has an African Teak slab just about that big
for $1500 and I keep waiting for the price to go down. (waaayyyyy down).

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#14 posted 06-01-2020 05:35 PM


LOL if I put my glasses on, it would look even MORE bigger !!

- John Smith

I think LeeRoy was suggesting glasses because the DUDE is a female.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Sainte

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#15 posted 06-01-2020 06:25 PM

Haha no I’m a guy, that’s my wife standing by the slab.

It’s Parota wood and my very first epoxy project

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