Originally designed to give wood surfaces, countertops and flooring a protective barrier with a beautiful sheen, epoxy has evolved. Now, it has many uses, so it's a fun find for DIY lovers.
Super Glaze, an epoxy coating created by Parks Corporation, is one of the easiest products to use for novices as it offers a one-coat finish. Most standard glazes on the market require many coats, up to 60, to get the gleam of Super Glaze. Although this thick, heavy substance may seem daunting at first, a little information and experience will help you put together penny tables, picture frames and collections of found items. You can also create hardy colorful inlays for a rough wood table with epoxy.
Before You Begin
One caveat of coating is to ensure the temperature is steady before, during and while drying epoxy on a surface. A good temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but Super Glaze can handle 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you start in the early afternoon on a large project, the temperature should stay steady before you finish up, and dusk begins to fall. If the temperature dips before your project is perfect, use a hair dryer on low and point it in the general area of your project, but don't hold it too closely. Smaller projects need only a few hours to be ready to handle. Also, before you pour or dip your brush, grab a paint stick and give the container a good, slow stir to blend the epoxy. Make sure not to create bubbles.
If you're working on a large piece, make sure you prep it well with a bit of sanding and wiping down. A 220-grit sandpaper should do the trick. A quick swipe with rubbing alcohol will ensure you've gathered all the grains that could give a gritty finish.
For larger pieces, such as a penny table or floor, pour the Super Glaze in the middle and spread it out. Be consistent and smooth the epoxy in one direction over the entire surface with a rubber or plastic spreader or squeegee. Don't fret over the thickness just yet; just be steady with your strokes for an even surface. The surface will be ready after 72 hours. The beauty of Super Glaze is that it only takes one pass, so respect its timeframe to cure properly.
You can paint a plywood plank with original artwork or your favorite phrase and cover it in epoxy for a lasting wall piece or tabletop for indoor or outdoor use. If you collect bottle caps or other small items that can withstand chemicals, you can arrange them on a plastic or wood frame or slat and cover them with epoxy to preserve them for generations. Always remember to seal the artwork with a mild sealant such as Modge Podge before pouring on epoxy.
Small Craft Warnings
Epoxy is perfect for placing pictures in tiny frames to hang on handcrafted wire photo trees or to hang on chains. To fill a tiny frame, pour the epoxy gently from a squirt bottle or small tub. Before you add the resin, seal the item with a coat of Modge Podge or other sealant so that the epoxy won't damage or yellow photos or textiles. Allow it to dry a few hours to cure before putting it on or adding it to other projects.
Letters from loved ones, pins from concerts or shirts from favorite bars also make perfect epoxy items for nearly any type of background, from granite to ceramic, wood and metal.
Make It Last
Epoxy is hardy, but it does need a little TLC. Take time to give it a wax or polish periodically to restore the surface. Don't use bleach or harmful chemicals that may cloud the surface. If the project gets burned, scratched or damaged, a little sanding should restore it to its former original self.