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Forum topic by Thedustydutchman posted 11-30-2021 11:53 PM 289 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thedustydutchman

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11-30-2021 11:53 PM

I feel like this might be weird question but here we go. I have recently come to appreciate the use of epoxy for filling knot holes, cracks, voids etc. When I built my dining table I chose to leave the voids from bugs in the antique pine. However I have now come to realize I should have filled them. Do I need to strip the arm r seal fully off the top to use epoxy in the holes or can I scuff up the finish and epoxy over it? I realize I will need to sand the epoxy afterwards but I figured I could just go back over the top with a fresh coat of finish. Is this a terrible idea?

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan


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jonah

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#1 posted 12-01-2021 12:25 PM

Repairing a varnish like Arm-R-Seal is going to be tough. The epoxy will stick and fill the holes no problem, but the old finish and the new won’t blend together the way a lacquer would.

Depending on the condition of the old finish, you could try it on a part of the table to see if you can live with it, but you might end up having to sand down to bare wood.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 12-01-2021 01:26 PM

If you do the entire top, I think it might work…but you might want to run a check with some scrap stock. Doing the spots with a fresh coat is probably not going to be the way you want. Like jonah said, the epoxy isn’t going to care what you do. I’d try to scuff the entire top for the sake of a uniform appearance.

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Thedustydutchman

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#3 posted 12-01-2021 01:38 PM

My plan was do lightly sand the entire top, fill my epoxy spots, sand again and then do 2 coats of arm r seal over the whole thing. I REALLY would like to avoid going back to bare wood.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 12-01-2021 01:41 PM

I suspect that will work, but that’s not based on actually doing it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Thedustydutchman

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#5 posted 12-01-2021 02:06 PM

I might try to do a test spot somewhere on it first. I’d really hate to ruin the top. Thanks for the advice!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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