An old wooden trunk comes back to life thanks to the resin and the fluorescent pigment.
There is a great passion for items of furniture in wood and resin.
For those who are at it for the first time or have never used epoxy we have created a small guide, we hope it can give some useful advice.
We already know that the resin gives a “wet” and glossy effect. Also using the fluorescent pigment for the imperfections of the wood will be enhanced, making a modern and original object out of it.
Preparation of the resin: we recommend preparing the resin 200-250 g per m2 of table surface; mix it carefully, respecting all the instructions found inside the box. As soon as the resin is well mixed, we must leave it to rest (5min) so that the bubbles that were formed during the mixing have time to rise.
Where should you start?
The first step is to seal the surface of the wood, applying the resin with a brush. In this way all the holes (or defects) will be closed and we will avoid during the casting, the resin to simply slide off the unsealed holes (in case of large cracks or holes, seal the bottom with paper tape first). Wait about half a day when the resin becomes solid and prepare for the second step.
How to apply the resin on the trunk?
We have to start pouring (with a plastic pot with spout) from the center of the trunk. Since the edges of the trunk are not usually regular we must try to pour it slowly and evenly over the surface. In this way it will be easier to obtain the so-called “mirror effect”.
The hardest part is the edges. Place it on the floor of the cardboard or a sheet of nylon (or better both), then gently cast the resin exactly on the corner of the edge, and move the casting along the entire perimeter quickly, then with a brush sprinkle the “rivoli” of resin along the sides of the table so that it uniformly soaks all the wood fiber. After this operation, we check the surface to find imperfections (air bubbles).
We recommend using a hair dryer (or better, an industrial hair dryer) to focus on the surface bubbles to make them burst. If the resin “drops” in some surface defects, re-apply an additional quantity above the defect. Repeat the operation, if necessary. In 24 hours the table is ready, we can finally assemble the legs.
How much resin do you need?
We choose the amount of resin we need and the amount of fluorescent powder pigment! It is necessary (also based on the size of the defects to be filled) about 2.0 kg of resin / m2 to have a thickness of at least 1.5 mm to have a self-leveling (mirror) effect.
If we take a section of a circular trunk, with a size of 60 cm * 60 cm, we will have an area of about 0.3M2 (0.3 * 0.3 * 3.14). Then 2.0 kg multiplied by 0.3M2 from about 700g of compound A + B (we recommend our “multi-purpose” LINK resin).
We recommend that you always take a few pounds of extra resin, rather than finding out that you miss 100 grams and then the surface will not self-level. Consider it with an investment as you can do 2-3 extra tests to find the concentration of fluorescent pigment you like. This brings us to the second question:
How much fluorescent or phosphorescent powder should you buy?
It obviously depends on the size of the holes to be filled. The fluorescent pigment (LINK) being very effective, requires a quantity of about 20%. So for 1 kilo of resin we would need 200 grams.
A trick to save pigment is (in the larger holes, fill them first with the transparent resin and then only the last mm with the one loaded with the pigment.
We suggest before starting, that you should do a little test in a plastic cup, until you reach the desired fluorescent effect.
For example: 15 gr of epoxy component + 3 grams of fluorescent pigment powder. Once hardened and exposed to the sun, we can understand how to make this product. If you are not satisfied, try again with 15g of resin + 5 of pigment powder, until you get the wished fluorescence!
Golden Rule: if you don’t have much epoxydic experience, before applying on a splendid piece of olive or other precious wood cuts, try it on a small wooden board, to get familiarity and manual skills with the product. We hope that these little technical suggestions will help you avoid (or at least reduce) the main “setbacks” you incur in this splendid work: do not be discouraged if the first test is not perfect, with every attempt, the result will improve.
Here is an idea – put glitter or colored glass pieces:
Good work !
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