So I have a kitchen table that has been through a number of less-than-top-notch finishing regimens, and I would like to get some opinions on where to go from here.
They are as follows
For a good number of years, we had simply had a table cloth on an un-finished table. The table has a fairly pretty grain (I couldn't tell you what kind of wood it is), so with the support of the family, I decided I was going to apply a clear coat to replace the table cloth. This is what happened...
I had read/heard somewhere about those epoxy kits are actually intended for coating bar surfaces, tables, etc. This sounded perfect, so I went to Home Depot and bought. as I remember, it was a 64 oz kit (32 resin and 32 hardener). I completely neglected to read about mixing and application, and proceeded to mix the whole 64 oz in 1 fell swoop. It took about 15-20 minutes of my prep time before I went to soak a brush for application. At this point, and only at this point, did I realize that the bowl I was mixing them in, had become literally flexible to the touch from heat. I went to dunk my brush, and it was hot enough that I could feel the heat permeating from a few inches from the surface.
I'm an underestimated, overzealous chemistry geek, and it hit me right then and there, that I had set off a serious exothermic reaction. It just contained getting hotter and hotter, so I figured I probably ought to start applying it before it starts hardening. I started applying it as fast as I could, but it was too late. It was hardening so fast that it just wasn't adhering to the wood.
We left it on there for a year or so, but it began to peel fast, and just continued to do so fairly fast. At that point we went back to the table cloth.
After a year or maybe 10 months, I admitted defeat, and stripped the remainder off.
At this point, for some reason I can't pin down, I had developed the opinion that this type of epoxy product had been removed from the market.
That being my thought, I decided that I ought to do a new coat with polyurethane. This application was very easy and painless, but it just isn't hardy enough. The epoxy, I would have felt safe leaving industrial ethanol and nitric acid standing on the surface for days and days... the polyurethane I think would fail against that after a few hours.
The reality is that it did in fact begin to fail after just a few months, and by now a good 50% is gone. I could kick myself for not getting more in depth with finding another epoxy kit for the job.
So my question is this... There is definitely still a fair amount of poly left on there. Can I apply the poly on top of that? Or will it just not adhere without stripping all the poly off?
Thanks so much for any input on the subject!