View Full Version : Epoxy as a finish

Pete Howlett
06-12-2013, 01:52 PM
I notice that using BSI Finish Cure epoxy to grain fill on necks gives a superb satin finish in its own right (second coat wiped on with a rag and practivally burnished in). Anyone tried this as the final finish?

06-12-2013, 02:27 PM
i have in the past but not with BSI. i used a system 3 product. a pain in the bum to mix the proper amt. by the way.

06-12-2013, 03:48 PM
I know boat builders do it.

06-12-2013, 04:06 PM
II use System 3 epoxy to fill pores. Use a gram scale and pipettes to mix 1 part of resin withh 0.44 part of hardener. Epoxy alone is too soft for a durable topcoat.

06-12-2013, 04:54 PM
I used it on cedar canoes when I built them but I would then put spar varnish on top of that since epoxy doesn't like UVs. I know there is a "bar finish" which is just epoxy that is poured on and buffed out and they look like a layer of glass.

Pete Howlett
06-12-2013, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the current replies. I know about pore filling and West System so that is not at issue. I am looking for specific responses to using it as a top coat. It dries rock hard and sands into a fine dust... just wondering if anyone has done this. I really like the finish which is applied slightly thinned and wiped dry. I'' do one and show you :)

06-13-2013, 03:10 AM
The West epoxy I am familiar with needs UV protection. One other issue I see with epoxy is that it might be difficult to control the thickness of the finish in the end. Yes, it polishes nicely.