Epoxy is perfect for so many different projects. Although, it can sometimes be difficult to apply on uneven surfaces, walls, backsplashes and other areas. This article will give a few tips on how to use epoxy in these nontraditional areas. Before you start any of these projects, be sure that your working space temperatures are 75 degrees or higher. Colder temperatures could prevent the epoxy to harden.
Uneven Surfaces (Wooden):
Problems- Wooden surfaces may have too much warping/ imperfections, and one coat or too thin of epoxy may not be enough to cover the flaws. Too much heat due to holding torch/ heat gun in one place will cause a ripple effect.
Solutions- Applying another flood coat in sufficient thickness should hide virtually all signs of the waves or ripples from the previous layer.
Apply the epoxy 1/8” each flood coats to allow it to properly self-level. The heat or torch should be swept across the surface rapidly.
Epoxy tends to run and drag very easily which is perfect for walls.
For a clear coat - apply light coats using a brush and continue building up the layers until you reach your desired thickness.
Brushstrokes may be left behind when using this technique, use a heat gun or a plumber's torch to thin the epoxy on the surface to remove these lines left from the brush. (BE CAREFUL not to burn the epoxy.) We recommend practicing on a small sample surface to see the effects.
For colored counter tops - apply a base coat to surfaces (backsplash and trim), the thick epoxy will be pulled down by gravity and drip off the vertical edges. If you paint those surfaces, you will not have a visible substrate underneath. The rest of your base coat goes into your epoxy and is poured over the horizontal surfaces.
Backslashes are a perfect way to customize your backsplash (faux stone) for your kitchen or bathroom.
Must Need Supplies:
- Pro Marine Supplies Epoxy
- Color Kit (Inks or Paints)
- Foam Brush or Foam Roller
- Propane Torch
- Plastic Sheet
- Measuring Tape
- Wood Glue
Other Supplies You May Need:
- 91% Isopropyl alcohol
- Spray bottles
- MDF board
- Table Saw (to cut the MDF board to size.)
Backsplash (faux stone):
- Measure the exact square footage of your desired backsplash area.
- Cut MDF board to the required square footage (Use Pro Marine Calculator to find out how many gallons needed)
- Clean the board and prepare the area for the epoxy pour.
- Put plastic sheeting were needed, tape it down if this is over cabinets you would like to preserve.
- Follow mixing steps carefully.
- Add colors to the epoxy. Pour the flood coat and spread it using your foam brush or roller for an even coat. Then add your designs.
- Pop bubbles with a propane torch or heat gun going over the surface continuously move the flame as you can burn the epoxy.
- Wait 48 hours to set.
- Put on your backsplash using wood glue or a velcro kit so you can remove it if desired.