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The ultimate epoxy bar top guide.

Epoxy Bar Tops

Why Choose Epoxy for Bar Tops?

Have you ever gazed at a bar top that mirrored a slick, gleaming ocean surface? Or perhaps one that showcased cozy, glowing LED lights? That’s the enchantment epoxy resin brings.

It’s not just a treat for the eyes, but a harmonious blend of strength and elegance. And guess what? You don’t have to be a mere spectator! With the right tools and a little guidance, you can dive into this art and create your own magic too!

The Importance of Quality Materials

Imagine a painter always choosing the best-quality paint, right? Well, when it comes to decking out your bar tops, you should absolutely do the same! Quality’s key, and that’s exactly where Superclear Epoxy Systems really shines.

Bar top epoxy resin kit on epoxy resin bar top surface.

Selecting the Best Bar Top Epoxy

Superclear Table Top Epoxy

Looking for a flawless finish? Your search ends with Superclear Table Top Epoxy, the best bar top epoxy on the market. Why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary? Superclear Epoxy guarantees unmatched quality, providing a mirror-like finish that’s not only stunning but also resilient.

But what makes Superclear the superior choice? Let’s dive into the details:

  • Self-Leveling: No more fretting over uneven surfaces. Superclear Table Top Epoxy is self-leveling, ensuring a perfectly smooth finish every time.
  • Easy to Clean: Life gets messy, but cleaning your bar top doesn’t have to be. With Superclear, spills wipe away with ease.
  • Scratch, Water, and Chemical Resistant: Worried about wear and tear? Superclear offers robust resistance to scratches, water, and chemicals. It’s built to last!
  • Crystal Clear Super Gloss Finish: Superclear cures to the highest super gloss finish available, turning ordinary surfaces into dazzling displays.
  • Food Grade Safe Product: Safety is paramount. Superclear Table Top Epoxy has been independently tested and is FDA certified as a food-grade safe product once completely cured, according to FDA 21 CFR 175.300, ASTM D-4236. That means you can serve up your favorite snacks and brews with confidence.
bar top epoxy vs casting resin

Understanding Different Epoxy Types

Bar top epoxy or casting resin? The choice depends on your design needs. But it’s not as simple as flipping a coin; get it right, and you’re halfway to a masterpiece.

You might think, “Why not use a casting resin for a thin coating over a bar top?” But here’s the kicker: deep pour epoxies, such as Liquid Glass Deep Pour Epoxy, typically cannot cure properly at such a thin depth. They tend to need at least a minimum of around .25″-.5″ of depth to generate enough heat to cure. Imagine trying to bake a cake at the wrong temperature. The result? A gooey mess.

This is why Superclear Table Top Epoxy stands out as the perfect solution for bar tops:

  • Crystal Clear & High Gloss Finish: The name says it all! Superclear is designed to offer that immaculate shine that makes your bar top look like a work of art.
  • Versatile Application: Whether applied as thin as a seal coat using a brush or up to .25″ per pour, Superclear adapts to your needs.
  • High Viscosity: Its syrup-like consistency enables fantastic building of millage, giving you control over the thickness of the application.
  • Perfect Self-Leveling: When used as a flood coat, you can expect around a 1/8″ depth once it self-levels. No fuss, no stress, just perfection.

So, when it comes to bar tops, skip the casting resin and reach for Superclear Table Top Epoxy. It’s crafted with the understanding that every masterpiece begins with the right foundation. Why gamble with uncertainty when Superclear offers you the sure path to success?

prepping and sanding wood for bar top epoxy resin

Preparation & Sanding

Surface Preparation

A well-prepared surface is like a blank canvas for an artist. Sanding, cleaning, and priming are your brushes, and the techniques you use will determine the final masterpiece.

So, where do you start? How about some practical wisdom for achieving that perfect surface for your epoxy bar top:

  • Sanding for Success: If pouring onto a smooth surface, grab that sandpaper and make it rough. Think of sanding as creating tiny hooks for the epoxy to latch onto. No sanding means risking delamination, and nobody wants a bar top that’s losing its top layer!
  • Level it Out: A lopsided bar top? That’s a no-go. Make sure the surface is level. Use a good quality level tool, and take the time to get it right. It’ll make the pouring stage a breeze.
  • Cleaning Like a Pro: Isopropyl Alcohol 90% or higher is your friend here, or you can opt for our specially formulated Superclean Epoxy Cleaner. Clean surfaces mean fewer contaminants to mess up your perfect pour.
  • Seal the Deal: If looking to pour a flood coat, don’t skip the thin seal coat of table top epoxy. Think of it as a safety net that keeps those pesky air bubbles from sneaking up through the substrate, like wood, and into the flood coat pour as the epoxy heats. It’s like putting on a base coat before painting your nails; it makes everything else go on smoothly.
epoxy bar top ideas

Epoxy Bar Top Ideas

Looking for epoxy bar top ideas or inspiration? Consider some of these! From serene blues to fiery reds, the color is your expression. Be bold or subtle; the choice is yours. The design and color of your bar top are more than mere aesthetics; they’re a reflection of your personality, style, and creativity.

Of course, don’t forget that the substrate can have a lasting impact as well! Epoxy live edge bar top anyone?

And guess what? With Superclear Table Top Epoxy, the possibilities are limitless! Let’s explore some of the most popular design applications:

led epoxy bar top

LED Epoxy Bar Tops

Want to light up the room? Literally? LED epoxy bar tops are an innovative way to infuse technology into design.

Whether it’s a pulsing rhythm to your favorite tunes or a gentle glow that sets the mood, integrating LED lights with Superclear epoxy creates a bar top that’s not just functional but utterly mesmerizing.

epoxy live edge bar top

Epoxy Live Edge Bar Top

Are you drawn to the natural beauty and unique characteristics of wood? An epoxy live edge bar top brings nature’s elegance right into your space. With Superclear Table Top Epoxy, you can preserve the wood’s organic curves, knots, and textures, creating a piece that’s as functional as it is beautiful.

This artistic approach to design connects you with nature, turning an ordinary bar top into a masterpiece that’s alive with authenticity and charm. Combine it with other styles, or let it stand alone; the live edge look is a statement of pure organic elegance.

ocean resin art epoxy bar top

Ocean Resin Art

Capture the tranquility of the sea right on your bar top. Imagine the waves lapping at the shores, the deep blues and greens mingling in a dance of color.

Ocean resin art is a trend that’s making waves, and with Superclear, you can create your very own coastal paradise. How about adding some seashells or sand for that authentic beach vibe?

overhead view of classic high gloss epoxy bar top and bar stools

Classic High Gloss Finish

Simplicity speaks volumes. If you prefer elegance and a timeless appeal, a simple high gloss finish might be your call.

The crystal clear nature of Superclear Table Top Epoxy ensures that every angle, every curve, every surface shines with a sophistication that never goes out of style.

Step-by-Step Application Guide

Mixing Epoxy

Mixing our bar top epoxy is like stirring a hot cup of coffee that’s been filled to the brim. Slow and steady wins the race. Use a stir stick, follow the recommended ratio, and remember – patience is your ally. But that’s not all..

Pro Tips for a Smooth Blend

There’s a fine art to blending Superclear Table Top Epoxy, and here’s how you master it:

  • Mixing by Hand: The material must be mixed thoroughly for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes by hand. This is where the personal touch comes in. Your hand knows the rhythm, the flow, the gentle persuasion that turns two components into one smooth blend.
  • No Drill Mixers Allowed: We never ever recommend using a drill mixer with this product. Imagine a blender gone wild. That’s what you might get with a drill mixer. Because Superclear is such a high viscosity, it’s like syrup, and it can easily trap air bubbles if mixed too vigorously.
  • Scrape the Sides, Bottom, and Corners: Leave no part untouched. Those little hidden spots can harbor unmixed material, leading to a less-than-perfect finish. Consider this like kneading dough, every part needs attention to achieve that consistent texture.
  • Avoid Whipping Air into the Mixture: Stir gently, as if you’re persuading the material to blend, not forcing it. Beating the mix can introduce air bubbles, creating imperfections in the finish. Think of this as a graceful dance, not a frantic race.
applying bar top epoxy

Applying Epoxy

Pour, spread, and watch the magic unfold. It sounds simple, yet applying epoxy is a symphony of precision, artistry, and technique. With Superclear Table Top Epoxy, it’s not just about pouring; it’s about orchestrating a visual spectacle. Let’s break down the steps for a flawless application:

  • Pour with Purpose: The moment has come. You’ve mixed the epoxy, and now it’s time to introduce it to the surface. Pour the mixed resin onto the surface. We highly recommend pouring the mixture out evenly across the entirety of the substrate to allow for an easier spread and self-leveling process.
  • Even Distribution: Now comes the gentle art of spreading. Whether using a squeegee, a gloved hand, a brush, or a foam roller, your aim is to achieve perfect harmony. Imagine you’re smoothing out the wrinkles on a bedsheet, leaving behind a surface that’s uniform and inviting.
  • Achieve the Desired Thickness: The richness of the finish depends on how thick you apply the epoxy. You can go up to 1/4” thick, however if you are allowing the resin to flow evenly over the project’s sides – expect about an 1/8” depth once finished leveling.
  • Let the Magic Unfold: Once you’ve poured and spread the epoxy, it’s time to step back and watch the magic unfold. The resin will find its way, filling in spaces, reflecting light, and creating a spectacle that’s uniquely yours.
techniques for air bubble removal

Techniques for Air Bubble Removal

Air bubbles are like uninvited guests at a party. They can show up unexpectedly and ruin the fun. But with Superclear Table Top Epoxy, you have the right tools to send those bubbles packing. Let’s dive into the details:

  • Use a Heat Gun or Blow Torch: Air bubbles, meet your match. With the right tool, you can pop those bubbles and create a flawless surface. Whether using a heat gun or blow torch, the key is to apply the heat carefully. Remember, you’re not cooking; you’re crafting.
  • One Degree Makes a Difference: Breaking surface tension (surface bubbles) only requires a 1-degree change in temperature. It’s like adjusting a note in a melody to make the music perfect. Just a slight tweak, and harmony is restored.
  • Avoid Overheating: Think of the epoxy like a delicate dessert. Overheat it, and you might end up with a bubbly mess, cracked, or shrunken epoxy. Less is more, and in this case, a gentle touch is all you need.
  • 1-3 Quick Passes at Max: You’ve poured, you’ve spread, and now it’s time to be patient. Timing is crucial. Use the heat gun or blowtorch on the epoxy 1-3 times total during the start of the curing process, typically before 30-45 minutes have elapsed (before it gels up).
maintenance and care for epoxy resin

Maintenance and Care

Regular Cleaning Tips

A little care goes a long way. Your stunning bar top isn’t just a surface; it’s a statement. It reflects your taste, your style, and your love for the finer things in life. So, how do you keep it shining like new, even after those big party or event occasions? Let’s uncover the secrets:

  • Choose the Right Cleaner: Think of your bar top as a prized possession. Would you clean a precious gem with just anything? We recommend you clean your bar top with either isopropyl alcohol 90% or higher or our very own Superclean Epoxy Cleaner. It’s like giving your bar top a spa treatment!
  • The Power of Superclean Epoxy Cleaning Spray: Nachos and beer? Chocolate and wine? They don’t stand a chance against the might of Superclean Epoxy Cleaning Spray! It’s like having a superhero in a bottle, ready to fight off any stains and spills. Give it a spray, and watch the magic happen.
  • The Gentle Touch of Soap and Water: Sometimes, a clean towel or cloth with soap and water is all you need for a quick touch-up. It’s like a gentle hug for your bar top, keeping it fresh and lively.
  • Regular Care for Lasting Shine: A beautiful bar top is like a garden. Regular care and attention keep it blooming. Make it a habit to clean it regularly, especially after those big nights of fun and laughter. A little love today means a shining bar top tomorrow.
  • Special Care for Special Occasions: Hosting a big party or event? Go the extra mile with our Superclean Epoxy Cleaner. It’s like rolling out the red carpet for your guests. A sparkling bar top sets the tone for a night to remember.
repairing scratches and damage

Repairing Scratches and Damage

Accidents happen. It’s like a sudden rain shower on a sunny day; unexpected but not insurmountable. The same applies to your beautiful bar top. A scratch here, a ding there – but don’t worry! With a little Superclear Epoxy magic, it’s as good as new. Here’s how:

  • Embrace Reality: First and foremost, let’s be honest; our epoxy isn’t scratch or damage-proof. It’s like a shield for a warrior, meant to protect but not invincible. Highly durable? Yes. Immortal? No. But fear not; we’re here to help you restore and renew.
  • Sand It Out: Using 240 grit sandpaper, lightly sand the affected area. Just enough to provide the next layer something to grip onto!
  • Clean It Right: After sanding, it’s time for a refreshing cleanse. Wipe it down with Isopropyl Alcohol 90% or higher or our Superclean Epoxy Cleaning Spray.
  • The Art of Repouring: Now comes the masterpiece moment. It’s like layering paint on a canvas, creating depth and richness. Just a repour, and the sparkle is back!
  • Realistic Expectations, Magical Solutions: All things are temporary, even the most beautiful things. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be restored. With Superclear Table Top Epoxy, restoration isn’t just a process; it’s a promise. A bit of sanding, cleaning, and repouring, and it’s like turning back time.
  • Celebrate the Beauty of Renewal: Your bar top isn’t just a piece of wood or stone. It’s a canvas of memories, laughter, and joy. Scratches and damage don’t have to be scars; they can be marks of life, easily healed and turned into a part of the story.

Remember, your bar top is dressed in Superclear Epoxy, which means it’s not just protected; it’s cherished. Accidents don’t define it; your care and creativity do!

Epoxy Questions


What is the best epoxy for bar tops?

  • Superclear Epoxy Systems offers the best quality and finish for bar tops. We highly recommend our Superclear Table Top Epoxy for any epoxy bar top applications.

How long does bar top epoxy take to dry?

  • Our bar top epoxy will typically begin to harden within 2 to 4 hours, in ideal conditions, but takes 24 hours to completely cure, depending on conditions like constant temperature, humidity, mass and airflow.

Can I add color to my bar top epoxy?

  • You can mix nearly all alcohol dye’s, mica powders, and liquid pigments with our product, not to exceed 12%. However, we do not recommend acrylic based colorants as they can negatively react with the epoxy. We highly recommend our Supercolors Liquid Pigments!

Can I repair a scratched epoxy bar top?

  • Absolutely! This is easily fixed by rough sanding the area, cleaning the area with Isopropyl alcohol, and then repouring more Superclear Table Top Epoxy. Let that cure. Sand down to desired surface, and then buff to your desired shine.
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