I am working on a table with some reclaimed lumber that has some splits in it that I have been filling with 2 part epoxy. This is my first time using anything besides a small dab of 5 minute epoxy in the little tubes from Lowes and I have been learning some of the pros and cons to making it a 1/2 cup at a time.
My question is, can I add a little bit of the stain that I will use on the table to color match the epoxy? Or will it adversely affect the epoxy?
Disclaimer I have read what these other folks have told you. I do not claim they are wrong, and I am wright. There is no question I color outside the lines, and have paid the price for doing so on afew occasions.
I have added a teaspoon full of stain to 3/4 Solo Cup worth of two part apoxy. It had no adverse effect. However, some pours are more forgiving then others.
The deeper and wider the pour, the less room for error. Your mixing is key, if you mix your apoxy "Hot", meaning too much hardener, it will crack on you within 3 to 5 days. If you mix your apoxy "cool", meaning more apoxy then hardener. It will take two or three days to dry, and be more flexable when finally hardened. You never want to mix "hot", however on a handful of occasions I have needed a piece to have flex to it, and have purposely mixed "cool".
50/50 is ideal for best results. Powdered pigment is the proper coloring agent. Pearl Ex comes in many colors and is basicly all I use.