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Old 05-11-2012, 15:29   #1
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Refinishing table top epoxy

I just re-finished a table top with "System Three", table top two part epoxy. The finish did not turn out perfect. So as per instructions I saned it with wet/dry up to 1500 grit. The instructions speak of using buffing compound. But the best I could find is polishing compound.
Now it looks good but it does not have the wet look I am after. Am I not sanding enough, or do I need a true buffing compound?
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Re: Refinishing table top epoxy

1500 is still pretty coarse stuff. Try 3M Fine Scratch Remover. It's in a black bottle. Auto body shops use it to fine polish repairs on Corvettes and it gives a mirror finish.
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Re: Refinishing table top epoxy

To give it a mirror finish, after sanding to 1500 Grit, get a good buffer - not a cheap piece of crap. Go to an auto paint supply store and they sell buffing compounds in 3 degrees of courseness. Buy all three. Use the coursest one first with the wool buffing pad. Then use the medium liquid with a foam buffing pad and then the finest liquid with the foam buffing pad. While you are buffing, it would be much easier if you had someone with a squirt bottle squirting water on the surface as you are bufing. This acts as a lubricant. They actually make a lubricating soap for this purpose. Buy it if they have it.
If you sanded properly, there is no need to make more than 2 passes with each buffing compound.
After sanding, the actual process should not take more than about 10 minutes on an average boat size table. This includes washing/rinsing between coats and clean-up.
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Re: Refinishing table top epoxy

also you could get some trizac 3000 and this would cut your buffing time down dramatically.
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Re: Refinishing table top epoxy

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So as per instructions I saned it with wet/dry up to 1500 grit.
Take it down to 2000 before buffing.

And get a goooood buffer.
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