The FR1 crystal clear epoxy resin system is applied in numerous applications. In this way, it is used on restaurant tables, bar tops, wood crafts, canvas art, domino tables, tables with bottle caps, poker tables, countertops, the very popular today river tables, etc. The possibilities are endless and easy to use.
For first time users of the FR1 system, we recommend first doing a short practice test to familiarize yourself with how it works. You will find guidelines in this section and more tips in the product FAQ section.
SEAL COAT VS. FLOOD COAT
The seal coat is a thin brushed on layer that is used to seal wood surfaces. You don’t want any air bubbles coming up when you pour your first flood coat. NOTE: For most applications the wood surface on the bar or table should be sanded first, cleaned and dust free before applying the seal coat. Keep in mind that very porous woods, such as barn wood, may require several seal coats. In this case, you may be better off using a polyurethane to seal the wood, since it’s not as easily absorbed as the epoxy. If you use polyurethane, please wait 48 hours before you pour your first flood coat of epoxy resin. The flood coat is poured and self-levels at approximately 1/8” thickness. If depths thicker than 1/8” are desired, multiple coats are necessary. However, keep in mind that after ½” thickness, the epoxy will have a slight amber color to it. Also, you must wait at least 4 hours between each epoxy seal coat and each additional flood coat. You want the surface to still be tacky, when you apply each coat. If the seal or flood coat dried before you could apply your additional coat or if you’re using stains, please read our Product FAQs for further guidelines.
Note: Not all surfaces require a seal coat. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask us by e-mail or call us.
Safety Precautions: Gloves should always be worn when working with epoxy. This product is nontoxic and safe for indoor use because it has virtually no odor. Product may be harmful to skin so proper eye and skin protection should be worn at all times.
These two products are mixed together at a 1:1 ratio by volume. It’s very important to measure and mix these two components properly. Make sure to use clean, graduated mixing containers to properly measure out equal amounts of resin and hardener. Do NOT vary this ratio, epoxies are formulated to cure at a certain mixing proportion and any variances can cause the product to never fully cure. For beginners, we recommend mixing only 2 quarts at a time (1 quart of each part). Once you feel more comfortable with the product, you can do up to ½ gallon of each part. In a separate container (the mixing container), pour in the hardener first and coat all sides of the container and your resin stir stick with the hardener, then add the resin. Continuous mixing is required including sweeping the sides and bottom of the mixing container while mixing and without lifting your stir stick to avoid mixing in air bubbles.
For a 2-quart mixture the mixing time is 4 to 5 minutes.
For a 1-gallon mixture the mixing time is 6 to 7 minutes.
The product may cloud a little during mixing but will clear as mixing nears completion. Mixing must continue until all signs of cloudiness and hazy lines have completely disappeared. Some air bubbles are normal in the mixture; however, do not whip the mixture. Whipping the mix will result in numerous tiny air bubbles which will turn the epoxy completely white with bubbles; this can result in air bubbles remaining in the cured product. It is important to mix without inducing air.
NOTE: If you don’t want to take any chances of under-mixing you can wait until the mixing container starts to become slightly warm to the touch which usually assures a long enough mix. However, this also reduces your working time especially when mixing 1 gallon.