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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?
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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?
It'll adversely affect the epoxy. There are some colorants that can be used in epoxy, wood stain is not one of them

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It will ruin the epoxy to add wood stain to it. You need to use a pigment made for epoxy. http://www.ebay.com/bhp/epoxy-resin-colorant

Can you post a picture? 1/2 cup of epoxy at a time, that's an awful lot of epoxy to be filling with. Be sure to let it dry a couple weeks before sanding it. Epoxy like everything else shrinks and you need to let it harden completely before sanding.
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I would think that no matter what colorant you use, the epoxy is going to be obviously epoxy. Why not embrace it and make the cracks pop with some colored glass or gold powder?
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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.
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Major pour no room for error, has to be done in 2 or 3 layers, with 4 to5 hours between layers.
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These are two benches I did mixing liquid Minwax Mahogony stain into the apoxy.
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Thatís cool!!!

One of the things Iíve observed about tinting epoxy with epoxy colorants is that the resulting fill is too monochromatic. Sometimes thatís OK when itís black, but other colors donít look right. Obviously, youíve found a way around that. Can you share some of your methods?
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Interesting thread and posts. There are many ways to do the same thing.
Cowboy18, like the looks of the table. Recently, Woodcraft magazine had something similar to your photo.

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Thatís cool!!!

One of the things Iíve observed about tinting epoxy with epoxy colorants is that the resulting fill is too monochromatic. Sometimes thatís OK when itís black, but other colors donít look right. Obviously, youíve found a way around that. Can you share some of your methods?

Yes I have found liquid dyes produce boring results. Pearl Ex powder pigments have become my mainstay. Here in Texas everyone does Turquoise inlay, which is beautiful, but has been done to death in my opinion. I provided pictures because as they say, a picture says a thousand words. However, there are a few hard won secrets I keep to myself. That said there are folks on this site that could reproduce my work if they chose too. But nobody could mass produce what I make, they would lose there butt financially. If you have specific questions I would be glad to try and answer them.

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Interesting thread and posts. There are many ways to do the same thing.
Cowboy18, like the looks of the table. Recently, Woodcraft magazine had something similar to your photo.

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Thanks for all the feedback. The epoxy I bought at woodcraft uses a 2:1 ratio so I mixed up a small batch last night (2 tbsp epoxy to 1 tbsp hardner) and dipped the stir stick in the stain and then mixed it up. Seemed to work out OK. It was nice and hard this morning. I filed the splits in the legs without coloring the epoxy but they are on the back of the back legs. I have a split in the tip to fill and wanted to see if I could darken the epoxy. It looks like using the stain will work.
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