How To Remove Epoxy Resin Drips

How To Remove Epoxy Resin Drips

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Sanding Epoxy Resin Drips?  How do we remove them?  And what do we do after they're off?  These next steps can be applied to pretty much any project you've done, that requires an epoxy flood coat finish.  Now, remember there are steps you can take before you actually do the flood coat to skip some of these steps.  We are at the end, you have accomplished building your epoxy river table, you have the epoxy flood coat, but now what?  That's easy!  So there are a couple of things you need to do before applying an actual finish.  But don't worry, it'll take no longer than 30 minutes and then you can work on getting on the legs!

Getting off the resin drips...

If you've done an epoxy flood coat on any project then you know about the drips!  It seems like no matter how long you babysit your piece, and wipe the drips off,  there are still drips when you flip it over.  So the first thing is getting those off, before you flip your piece over, put something like an old towel, blanket, etc. down, so you don't scratch your surface you just worked the last three days on.  After that I like to either:

1) Use an Angle grinder with a 60 grit flap disc on it, and just skim the surface of the drips, be careful to NOT grind into your surface!!

2) If you have a decent sander, it won't take long to sand the drips down, but if you just have a palm sander, beware you will most likely go through more sandpaper, and time than picking up a $20 Grinder, and $1 flap disc!!  

My preferred method is angle grinder, then sanding.  

Sanding the bottom of your table/piece:

Depending of the way you're going to finish your piece depends on what grit sandpaper you're going to use.  

  • Walrus Oil-If its a cutting board/ charcuterie board, or any other food surface, I've been known to sand up to 400-600 grit.  
  • Rubio Monocoat- sand up to 150 grit.  (Who in their right mind puts on a finish at 150 grit!!!) Just trust them!  it's flawless!
  • Odies Oil- sand up as high as you'd like/ need

Applying your finish:

After your piece is sanded, and there's NO pigtails, and no swirls, then it's time to wipe your piece down with some 90% isopropyl alcohol, Mineral spirits, or DNA (Denatured Alcohol).  Personally I use Isopropyl alcohol, there's very little odor and it dries super fast!  after your piece is clean and dry apply your finish!  

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