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How to Pour Your Own Bar Top Coating

DIY - Bar top coating. Amazing Clear Cast from Alumilite was used to coat a new bar at Boatyard Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI. Produces a high gloss protective finish.


How to Mix Amazing Clear Cast Clear Resin

Mixing clear resins can be a challenge, as both sides are clear without pigment, unlike products that have color to determine adequate mixing. This video demonstrates a basic technique for mixing Amazing Clear Cast resin. It discusses how to properly measure and thoroughly mix the product to ensure full cure and great results.


How to Apply Liquid Glass Epoxy Bar Top Finish

Bar top coating. One well brewing used Amazing Clear Cast by Alumilite to coat and seal in 100 year old barn wood and other accents. Watch how that did it and think about how you might use Amazing Clear Cast for your next application.


Stunning DIY Bathroom Countertop - Fun, Easy & Inexpensive

Nikki, creates stunning bathroom countertop with Amazing Clear Cast resin, Alumidust, Alumilite dye by coating a MDF board. By laying a white resin base, then marbling colored and phosphorescent epoxy resin, Nikki has a cool and unique bathroom countertop that she did herself.

SHOPPING LIST
  • MDF Board - $5
  • Amazing Clear Cast (32oz) - $30
  • Alumilite Dye (white) - $5.75
  • Alumidust (5) - $3.50/each
  • Phosphorescent Powder (optional) - $16
TOTAL MATERIALS USED - under $60

Refinishing Amazing Clear Cast Bar Top Coating

After years of use, especially for bar tops, the Amazing Clear Cast can be sanded and renewed in a few easy steps. This video demonstrates that you can take sand paper as low as 60 grit to quickly remove blemishes and pour a new coating of Amazing Clear Cast to revitalize the surface.


Amazing Clear Cast

Easy to use, 2 part multi-purpose clear coating & casting resin. Can be used for encapsulation, coating, or casting applications such as taxidermy, bar tops, potting/encapsulation, hobby, craft, prototyping, and much more.


How to Add Liquid Glass Epoxy Coat Finish to a Photo Board and Table Top

Table top & Photo board coating. Alumilite's Amazing Clear Cast not only coats bar tops, but also can be used to seal in photos and embellishments on tables, plaques, trophies, and more.


Fixing Bubbles in Bar Top Coatings and Encapsulations

Even with perfect planning and preparation, air bubbles can seem to appear from out of nowhere and get caught mid stream in your resin when casting items such as table or bar tops. This video shows the process for repairing air bubbles and making those blemishes barely noticeable. If coating has been curing beyond 12 hours, light abrasion may be needed across entire surface to ensure adhesion between layers of Amazing Clear Cast.


Clear Coated Game Board

This video shows the process of making a photo game board. A collage of photos are laminated onto the surface, which were then sealed in with a high gloss and protective coating using Amazing Clear Cast resin. Board will be used as a playing surface on a leather ottoman or on the floor.


Old Cutting Block Repurposed into Kitchen Cart

Watch as we turn this old antique cutting block section into a functional table for the kitchen. Amazing Clear Cast was used to give it a high gloss and durable finish.

Bar Top Coating Instructions

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Products used in this application:

Epoxy Resin

Tools

Amazing Clear Cast Resin (Bar Top Coating)

Open Time: 30-40 min*

Cure Time: 24-48 hrs*

Approx. Coverage: 2 gallons of mixed Amazing Clear Cast = 26 sq.ft. in a 1/8" thickness

(* Open time & cure time schedule will vary based on temperature and humidity)

  • Read all instructions & safety information prior to use.
  • Available in 2gal, 10 gal, or 110 gal kits
  • FDA CFR 177.2600 Compliant
** Not Recommended for Outdoor Applications **
Bar Coating instructions 1 surface sealing

SURFACE SEALING

The level of surface prep will depend on the surface being coated. For wood surfaces, we recommend using a sealer such as Mod Podge, which goes on white but dries clear. This seals porosity and reduces the amount of air bubbles that can rise out of surface. If any crevices, knots, or holes exist, they should be pre-filled with Amazing Clear Cast and allowed to cure prior to surface coating. Deep or large crevices may require multiple pours.

Bar Coating instructions 3 encapsulations

ENCAPSULATIONS

If encapsulating photos, Mod Podge should be used to glue photo down during the sealing process and should also be coated over top of picture to prevent bleeding of the photo. Remember Mod Podge dries clear and wil not effect the clarity of the picture once coated with Amazing Clear Cast. When encapsulating anything porous, always seal with Mod Pog. Any light items need to be glued down to prevent them from floating to the surface. If you think it might float, glue it down with super glue or clear hot melt glue.

Note: When pouring Amazing Clear Cast over a surface, any gaps, holes, or crevices will be filled with resin. To prevent using excess resin that will flow into, around, and under these areas, we recommend sealing these up with a clear silicone caulk, clear hot melt, or Alumilite Synthetic Clay that will fill these voids.

Bar Coating instructions 3 aluminum tape

WHEN TO USE ALUMINUM TAPE

Most table tops and even bar tops do not contain a lip or border to contain the resin. Aluminum tape allows you to create a temporary dam to contain the resin until it thickens slightly to achieve a thicker & uniform coating when flowing over the edge. The tape can also be left in place during cure if edge coating is not desired, although the inside of the tape must be coated with Alumilite Rubber to Rubber mold release to prevent bonding to the resin. Sharp edges that are formed when the Amazing Clear Cast cures can be sanded, trimmed, or routed to a smooth finish. These edges can be polished to return gloss if desired or a light coat of resin brushed on.

Note: Un-level surfaces can cause resin to pool and ultimately use more resin. In some extreme cases, a uniform coating will not be achieved resulting in thin and thick areas. Pooling resin will create pressure on the tape that can cause the tape to release prematurely. To prevent this, apply tape to a clean surface and press firmly to form a good bond. A supporting piece of trim could also be applied on the outside perimeter to support the tape.

Bar Coating instructions 4 environment

ENVIRONMENT

Prior to pouring your Amazing Clear Cast, thoroughly vacuum the surface and the room where the resin is being applied. Dust in the environment can become air-born and settle onto the surface of the resin. Temperature of the room, surface, and resin will effect how the resin self levels and ultimately cures. Ideal application temperature is 70-80°F. If resin is cold, place resin bottles with caps tightened into a sink or bucket filled with warm water for 10-20 minutes. Temperature of resin should within the 70-80°F range as well. Protect floors/environment with plastic sheets.

Bar Coating instructions 5 coverage application thickness coating

COVERAGE & APPLICATION THICKNESS

A thick coat such as 1/8" thick coating per 1 square foot requires 10 fl oz of volume. This is a good volume estimate to use for your coating project however it does not consider uneven surfaces, edges, absorption, or waste. A thinner coating such as 1/16" will require half the volume per square foot (approximately 5 fl. oz.). Therefore, an approximate coverage of 1 gallon of mixed Amazing Clear Cast is 13 sq.ft. in a 1/8" thickness or 26 sq. ft. for a 2-gallon kit at the same thickness.

Application thicknesses greater than 1/4" in a single pour may shrink, discolor, pull away from surfaces, and/or warp. Where thicker coatings are desired, it is recommended to pour multiple coats. Additional coats can be applied no sooner than 3-4 hours and no longer than 12 hours for optimum adhesion.

Bar Coating instructions 6 measure and mixing Amazing Clear Cast

MEASURING & MIXING

The Amazing Clear Cast has a mix ratio of 1:1 by volume. Therefore use measuring cups with graduations on the side or make your own fill line at the same level on each measuring container. In separate containers, measure out equal amounts of Part A and B. Combine both sides into a large mixing container that has a flat bottom and flat sides to adequately mix resin. Begin mixing resin slowly, ensuring to scrap the sides and bottom. You should also scrap off your stir stick on the lip of the mixing container to dislodge any unmixed resin from the stick. Continue stirring slowly, not to incorporate any more air into the system as possible. Once all striations have dissolved, mix for another 2-3 minutes to ensure adequate mixing.

Note: Failure to mix 1:1 by volume or mix thoroughly will result in tacky/soft spots and/or cause the resin not to cure properly.

Bar Coating instructions 7 vacuum degrassing

VACUUM DEGASSING (if available)

Once Amazing Clear Cast has been thoroughly mixed, if you have vacuum degassing equipment, we recommend degassing prior to pouring to minimize air bubbles. If you do not have this equipment, proceed to next step.

Bar Coating instructions 8 pouring Amazing Clear Cast

POURING

Once you have properly mixed Amazing Clear Cast, you are ready to pour. Slowly pour resin onto the surface going from side to side (or in a circular pattern if pouring onto a circular shape). Pour strips of resin close enough so that they will self level into one another. If you have areas that do not flow together, simply pour more material in area. Continue this process of mixing and pouring until project has been fully coated. For large applications, it is helpful to have one person measuring and mixing while a second person is pouring and keeping an eye on the surface.

Bar Coating instructions 9 recesses encapsulations

RECESSES OR ENCAPSULATIONS

Areas of recess or encapsulation should be filled very slowly and poured first. Watch for trapped air bubbles in corners, in the detail of objects, etchings, carvings, or crevices. Ease them out by using a tooth pick or other pointed instrument. Do not pour second coat until 3 or 4 hours later.

Note: We recommend turning off furnaces/fans/air conditioners as long as possible until product has fully cured. This reduces the amount of dust circulating in the air that can settle onto the surface. This may not be possible in cooler/winter climates as a minimum room temperature of 70°F should be maintained to assist with curing.

Bar Coating instructions 10 alcohol misting

ALCOHOL MISTING

As the product self levels, air bubbles will naturally rise to the surface. Applying a fine mist of isopropyl alcohol over the surface can greatly assist in the removal of air bubbles at or near the surface. This should be done within 1 hour from start of mixing. Misting bottles are available through Alumilite.

Bar Coating instructions 11 edges

EDGES

For those that choose not use use tape, pour enough resin onto surface to allow resin to flow over the edges to coat them. A good quality disposable or foam applicator can be used to distribute resin over the surface of the edges. We recommend brushing in one direction only. Excess material may continue to fall from the edge onto the protected floor. A brush or foam applicator can be used to remove excess material from the under edge as well. Painters tape can be used on the underside if resin is not wanted on this area, although it must be removed once resin stops flowing or it may bond to surface.

REMOVING DRIPS

Drips off edges can be easily removed with a sharp blade once resin has solidified, but not totally hardened. This usually occurs in 6-10 hrs. If the resin has fully cured and is too hard to remove with a blade, a palm sander can be used. This will create dust, therefore make sure that entire resin surface is completely cured/tack-free. In addition, use a shop vac to collect residual dust during sanding and cover newly pour surface if possible.

Bar Coating instructions 12 aluminum tape

ALUMINUM TAPE

If Aluminum tape was used, the tape can be removed when resin has thickened slightly, but still flows. Again, use a brush or foam applicator to assist in uniform coverage and removal of excess resin if needed.

Bar Coating instructions 13 cure

CURE

Amazing Clear Cast cures in 24-48 hours. Thinner layers will cure more slowly than thicker layers. As a general rule, the warmer the room, the quicker it will cure.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the mix ratio of clear coat?

1:1 mix ratio by volume of part A and part B.

How quickly does clear cast cure?

Open time at 75 degrees F is 45-60 minutes.
Demold time at 75 degrees F is 18-24 hours.
Full cure schedule is 72 hours.
Download the Technical Data Sheet (Amazing Clear Cast 80D Clear Epoxy)

Who is Alumilite? How is BarCoating.com related?

Alumilite Corporation specializes in mold making and casting resins. BarCoating.com is one of our online stores that focus on clear coating surfaces used for commercial and residential applications. All of our products are made, sold and shipped from our headquarters in Kalamazooo, Michigan.

What is the proper way to mix clear cast?

Clear cast must be mixed using equal volumes of both A and B sides. Using graduated mixing containers helps to ensure that you accurately mix equal amounts. When mixing multiple batches, it helps to have a dedicated side A and side B measuring cup, which are then added to a larger mixing container. Once measured, Amazing Clear Cast must be mixed extremely well. You must continually scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing container, also scrape off the mixing stick on the lip of the mixing container to ensure all resin is thoroughly mixed. Mixing should take a minimum of 4-5 minutes. Half gallon to gallon batches will take longer to mix. Under-mixing can cause tackiness on the surface or not cure properly.

Why is my bar coating not curing and/or tacky?

There are a few possible causes for this.

  1. You did not mix the resin thoroughly enough. This usually results in areas on the bar top that are tacky, while others are not.
  2. You went off-ratio. Failure to mix 1 to 1 by volume ratio can cause the entire surface to be tacky or in some extreme instances cause the resin not to cure at all.
  3. Cool room temperatures. Ideal coating temperatures are 75-80F. If the room temperature is below 70F, the resin will cure slowly and may require that the room temperature be increased to facilitate curing. Heat guns will not work, as you need long temp heat. Some remedies for random tackiness is to apply another coat, mixed well. If the surface is soft and gummy after 4 days, you may have to scrape it off, as re-coating will not help.

Can I use Amazing Clear Cast for outdoor applications?

We generally do not recommend ACC for outdoor applications, as the UV exposure will cause the resin to develop a yellow hue rather quickly . There are some instances where it may be reasonable such as adding Alumilite dye or Alumidust to color the resin, which often times negates or minimizes the yellowing. Also applying it over certain toned wood surfaces that have more yellow and orange hues to it would make the yellowing less noticeable.

What can I use to change the color or look of Amazing Clear Cast?

ACC will accept water-free dyes such as Alumilite liquid Dye. Based on the dye chosen, it can give you a translucent color or an opaque color. Alumilite Alumidust powders can give you dynamic colors that give you a vibrant pearlized color. Alumilite Metallic powders can also be added to ACC to produce copper, bronze, or gold effects.

Will Amazing Clear Cast yellow?

Yes, as will all epoxy chemistry, ACC will yellow over time. While there are UV inhibitors in our system that help it resist longer than some competitor products, a yellow hue will develop over time. Many times this is not ever noticed based on the underlying surface color and because of the thin layer. Applications where ACC is applied over bright white surfaces or when pouring thicker layers, yellowing may be more evident.

What is the shelf-life of Amazing Clear Cast?

ACC has a shelf life of 1 year. Once ACC is opened, this time can be shorter based on moisture contamination from humidity. Amazing Clear Cast B side will naturally yellow over time and with exposure to air. While this can cause a slight yellow hue to cured coatings, it does not have an affect on the ultimate cure of the product.

How do I clean the surface once cured?

After the coating is fully cured, you can use a soft cloth with soapy water. To remove streaks and keep it glossy, you can use mild cleaners such as glass cleaner.

Why do I get a ring that forms under my glass in the coating?

This is not an uncommon occurrence. Amazing Clear Cast has been formulated to provide a high gloss durable surface. While it may feel hard, it has a flexible backbone to absorb impacts from mugs or plates that may be dropped onto the surface, making it less likely to crack or shatter. In instances where the coating is new, it may be still curing/hardening. You should find that the rings will slowly disappear or heal within hours.

Is Amazing Clear Cast safe to use?

Amazing Clear Cast is a 100% solids and VOC-free epoxy. While it is a very safe product to use, it is important to read all directions, cautions, and SDS prior to use. As with all chemical products, proper safety precautions should be followed. Some individuals may be more sensitive to chemicals than others, causing them to take extra precautions to limit exposure.

What's the best way to pop air bubbles?

Amazing Clear Cast cures slowly to allow air bubbles to rise to the surface and pop. To help pop them at or near the surface, you can spray a mist of isopropyl alcohol (93%) over the surface during the first hour after application. You can purchase a fine mist spray bottle under Tools & Equipment. Another option is waving a a propane torch over the surface. The flame should never come in contact with the resin, only the heat from the torch. Do not use alcohol in conjunction with a propane torch or the presence of any flame or ignition source!

How thick can I pour Amazing Clear Cast?

We recommend not pouring any thicker than 3/8-1/2 inch per pour. Pouring ACC thicker causes the resin to cure too quickly causing excess heat to build, rippling on the surface, and air bubble entrapment. Subsequent layers can be done as soon and 4-6 hours, but no longer than 12 hrs for adequate adhesion. Going beyond 12 hrs will require light abrasion and cleaning of the surface with alcohol prior to reapplication.

Is it necessary to seal the surface prior to coating?

No, it is not necessary in all situations. If you are pouring over a surface that is not poroous, sealing is not generally needed. With substrates such as wood, paper, foam, or even some rock will require a skim coat of ACC to seal up the surface. Other sealers can be used as long as they dry clear and are tested for adhesion and comparability with ACC. Sealing the surface helps to minimize air bubbles from continually leaching from the pores as the resin penetrates. Paper-based items may need to be coated with a water-based white glue based sealer to prevent color change or saturation.