Advanced Techniques

 

After becoming familiar with the proper application procedures, these techniques can be attempted.

 

1. Embedding Pictures: Objects such as pictures, articles and maps may be embedded in this product. Some thin paper such as newsprint and magazines must first be sealed with a white glue or similar product. This prevents the epoxy from penetrating the paper and causing a translucent effect. Alternatively you can laminate thin paper in a plastic to keep the epoxy from coming into direct contact with it. Most photo quality paper does not require these extra steps. Once the papers are properly sealed they can be placed onto your project surface. Make sure your paper will lay flat before placing it. You should generally wait at least one hour after apply your seal coat of epoxy before placing the objects. Subsequent flood coats will then cover and embed these objects.

 

2. Embedding Solid Objects: Wood, rocks, shells, bottle caps, coins, etc. may be embedded with this product also. All porous objects must be sealed first; either with the epoxy itself or another type of sealer such as shellac, lacquer or polyurethane. If the objects are not properly sealed they will release tiny air bubbles which will form around the object during the flood coats. Placement of these objects may be done before you apply the first seal coat or they can be placed into a previously applied seal coat which has been allowed to set for 30 minutes. Lightweight items such as bottle caps should be glued down to prevent floating.

 

3. Thick Build-Ups: This product can be used to build up unlimited depths. Each flood coat should not exceed 3/16”. Attempting to pour thicker can cause the epoxy to generate excessive heat which in turn will cause more air bubbles, possibly cracking and shrinkage. It is advisable to wait at least 4 hours between pours to allow sufficient curing and cooling. While this product is considered clear by epoxy standards, it does have a very slight amber tone. This color is virtually unnoticeable in depths up to 1/2” thick. The color of the epoxy can become noticeable in greater depths especially over light colored surfaces.

 

4. Damming The Edges: We generally recommend allowing the epoxy to run over the edges of your surface as it will self level at approximately 1/8” at a time. If your application calls for a temporary dam to be constructed it must be done with great care to insure it can be removed after the epoxy is cured. Ideally a smooth, soft or flexible plastic strip should be used because the epoxy will not stick to it. Alternatively, wooden trim can be used but only if it is first covered with a 2 to 4 mil plastic sheeting. Lining the wood trim with the plastic and tacking it to the edge should prevent the epoxy from running in between the edge and the plastic. Testing on a small mock up should be done to insure no leakage or problems will occur with your damming technique.