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What kind of epoxy should you use? What type of epoxy? I’ve been taking notes on various places to buy epoxies, and the general things that are important to people who do epoxy woodworking, such as river tables and engravings. I’ll add explicit notes on epoxies I have used myself and my opinions. I’ve been trying to find the “best” epoxy for the “best” price, but this highly depends on the application. I have no direct affiliation, free products or endorsement from these companies, so my opinion is unbiased. Some do have Amazon affiliate links.

I don’t use a pressure pot for my castings. I would use a different epoxy if I was doing pressure post castings. Specifically, I would use something that cures slower for river tables and faster for pressure pots.

Shipping estimates are to California. Prices valid as of early 2020.

Food safety: Some say all epoxy is food safe after a full 30 days. Some people say it is never food safe. Some have official certifications, others don’t. Personally, I wouldn’t use it on the primary area of a cutting board, but I think it is fine for serving boards and such.

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Deep Pour Epoxies

Good for river tables and castings because they can be poured deeper than usual. Generally less scratch resistant than countertop epoxies. They cure slower (12 hours to 3 days). Pay attention to the thickness that they can be poured as each is different. Some aren’t crystal clear, which is okay if you are tinting the epoxy.

Chemtech Epoxy Cast

  • Website: Epoxy Chemtec Coatings
  • Purchase: Epoxy Cast at Covertec Products
    • $78/gallon (including shipping!) when purchased in 3 gallon kits – this is a great price, especially considering shipping!
    • $120/gallon (including shipping!) when buying 1 gallon
  • Pours 1 3/4″ – 2″, depending on the area (read the data sheet)
  • Epoxy Cast data sheet
  • Crystal clear, UV resistant, High impact and wear resistance
  • Cure time: 7 hours to gel, 36 hours for 1″ (tack free, de-mold).
  • 70F application temp
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • The price is really good on this, and shipping from Florida to California is incredibly fast.
    • I was sent some of this epoxy to test it out; I’ll be using it in my next projects and will report back.

Chemtech Epoxy Cast THICK

  • Same as above, but can be poured thicker (TBD)
  • I’m not sure of any online stores listing it

Stone Coat Super Cast Epoxy

  • Purchase: Stone Coat Thick Pour Super Cast Epoxy 1.5 Gallon Kit (direct purchase)
    • ~$100/gallon (plus shipping)
    • $150 for 1.5 gallon kits; $20 shipping (cheaper if you purchase more)
  • Pours 2″ thick. Designed for greater than 3/4” per pour
  • Not scratch resistant, not transparent and not crystal clear in thick pours (yellow or amber), not UV resistant
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I’ve used this for several river tables, including my kitchen’s bar top some thick art blocks and a river table.
    • Cured really slowly (24-48 hours; slow initial set for patterns — greater than 10-12 hours before it held patterns, which isn’t ideal — I would have liked it to set up faster).
    • Cures with no air bubbles if you seal your wood, however, I got micro bubbles in my bar top, and I’m unsure why.
    • I did a 2” clear pour with a heater on it for a box top; it cracked badly due to excessive heat (my fault)
    • Epoxy is definitely not a crystal clear epoxy; it requires tinting or mica powder, or thin pours (1″) to not see yellow

Yeti Labs / Pour Me a River: Deep Pour Epoxy

  • Website: https://yetilabsepoxy.com or https://pourmeariver.com
  • Purchase: 3 Gallon Kit – $240
    • $80/gallon, a great price!
    • $35 shipping (on the higher side) plus $17 tax – even with that it is cheaper than Stone Coat
    • Or more expensive from Yeti Labs direct
  • Pours 3″ thick! The deepest listed here
  • U.V Resistant, crystal clear, Heat Resistant- Scratch Resistant- Food safe
  • 36-48 hr cure time
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Disclaimer: I haven’t used this epoxy yet! I have some I purchased that I’m going to test soon.
    • The price is good, but Chemtec may be cheaper if you are doing smaller pours.
    • The epoxy brand is Yeti Labs, but “Pour Me a River” has better prices; the site is clearly owned by the same company (same layout, info and phone numbers)
    • I’ll probably try this epoxy next for a large river table. I’m a bit worried that mica powder will fall out due to the slow cure time.
    • Designed to be used in less than 80F; 60°F-75°F is ideal

FGCI Superclear 2.0 Liquid Glass

  • Purchase: Deep Pour Epoxy Super Clear 3 gal – Amazon
    • $96.33/gallon w/shipping
    • $289/ 3 gallons, free shipping – comparable in cost to Yeti/Pour me a river
  • Pours 2-4″!
  • Crystal clear, UV Resistant,
  • 8-12 hour gel time, 36-72 hour cure time, 70-85F working temp
  • Food grade
  • Corbin’s Notes
    • I want to try this, as it is probably about the same cost as Pour Me a River, but may have faster shipping and I can use Amazon (5% off with their credit card).

WiseBond Deep Pour Epoxy

  • Purchase: WiseBond DEEP POUR Epoxy
    • $92 – $96/gallon, plus shipping
    • Search for promo codes (wisebond10) or sign up for their email list or Facebook group to find discounts (20% off, March 2020)
    • Shipping $28.72 via UPS ground. Free shipping for over $300 (March 2020) – that can make Wisebond a really good deal!
  • Pours 2” thick for river tables, and the data sheet says up to 5” for castings!
  • Datasheet link
  • UV inhibitors, unsure on scratch resistance, cures crystal clear (not tested by me)
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Disclaimer: I have not used this epoxy yet! I want to try it as the price is similar to Stone Coat’s epoxies. I ordered some for a project I have coming up and will report back.
    • 24 hour cure time on one page, but listed 36-48 hours on another page. This is a put off to me, as curing past 12 hours is difficult to deal with (mica powder drops to the bottom and bugs or dust can get in it).
    • I mainly didn’t try this epoxy because the cure time was longer (36-48 hours), but for big thick pours that time isn’t a big deal. For 1” pours, it will probably cure too slowly.
    • I’d like to use this for clear river tables, or clear castings, instead of Stone Coat, because it says it cures crystal clear.
    • It says “gel time” at 160F is 1 hour; I wonder if heating it up would help it quickly gel for patterns, but not crack due to excessive heat. If it gels quickly then the prior issues I have are moot.
    • Working temperature is 77F, which is a bit higher than what other epoxies recommend, and more expensive for me to heat my shop up.

Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic 2:1

  • Purchase: Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic 2:1  – or – Amazon link for Ecopoxy (only sold via dealers)
    • $107/gallon (more expensive if you buy smaller quantities)
    • Free shipping on amazon.
    • You might be able to find a retailer close to you
    • Some other dealers may have better prices at other sites (try Etsy)
  • Pours up to 1.5” thick and minimum pours of 1/4” thick. Could be poured thicker if you cool the table.
  • UV resistentcures clear (not tested)
  • Datasheet link
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Disclaimer: I have not used this epoxy yet! I have avoided it because it is more expensive than other options, such as Stone Coat and WiseBond.
    • Some people on Facebook forums swear by it
    • BlackForest Wood Co used to use it (before they started making their own), and they produce some really cool epoxy tables
    • This stuff cures really slowly; that is probably good for releasing bubbles and curing really clear, but will loose patterns with mica powders. Liquid dyes would be fine.

FX Deep Cast – by Counter Top Epoxy

  • Website/Purchase: FX Deep Cast Epoxy
    • $290 for 1.5 gallons / $193/gallon (plus shipping)
    • Too expensive to consider
  • 2″ – 3″ deep
  • Ultra 3D Ultra Clear, UV stabilized, “rock hard durability”, non-fading

Casting Epoxies

Epoxies that are good for up to about 1″ thick pours. Good for placemat pours, serving trays, and casting small pieces. The advantage of a thinner pour is that it will cure faster than the 2″ pours, which prevents mica powder swirl design drop out.

Stone Coat Casting Epoxy

  • Website: https://www.stonecoatcountertops.com
  • Purchase: Stone Coat Casting Epoxy or Casting Epoxy on Amazon – 1.5 gallons
    • ~$100/gallon (plus shipping)
    • $150 for 1.5 gallon kits; $15 shipping (on Amazon – $20 on their site).
  • Pours 3/4 – 1” thick (recommend for under 3/4” per pour)
  • Not scratch resistant, not transparent in thick pours (will show up yellow or amber), not UV resistant
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I’ve used this a lot for my river table style boxes and engravings
    • Cures in about 12 hours at 70F 
    • Works quite well; I like it – my current favorite epoxy for small pours and small castings
    • I use it on my epoxy placemats
    • Shipping is the cheapest in packs of 4 bottles
    • Perfectly clear in small thicknesses (1/8” – 1/4”)

Yeti Labs/Pour Me a River: The Craft

  • Website: https://yetilabsepoxy.com or https://pourmeariver.com
  • Purchase: The Craft 1 Gallon Kit
    • $60/gallon (a good price!)
    • About $12.95 shipping and $4.35 in CA tax
  • 1/2″ to 1″ pours, depending on volume
  • U.V Resistant, crystal clear, Heat Resistant- Scratch Resistant- Food safe
  • 14 hour dry time
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this epoxy!
    • I’d like to try it for my epoxy placemats
    • I emailed the company and asked how thick to pour. They said: 1/2″ easily, 3/4″ in most molds, and up to 1″

Total Boat ThickSet Epoxy

  • Purchase/site: http://www.totalboat.com/product/totalboat-thickset-casting-epoxy/
    • $100 – $130/gallon (depending on quantity)
  • Pours 1″ thick (or up to 2″ for small applications)
  • Says super clear
  • UV resistant (not for outdoors), semi heat resistant (says up to 125F)
  • Temp: 65°F-80°F / 3:1 ratio / 10-30 minutes working time @ 77F / Gel time @ 77°F: 5.5 hours
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I haven’t used this epoxy, but a lot of people like it on Instagram
    • It is a bit pricey unless you buy 4 gallon increments.
    • You can get 10% off an order if you sign up for their email list.

Ecopoxy Flowcast

  • Purchase: Ecopoxy Flowcast – or – Amazon link to purchase
    • $99 – $285/gallon!
  • Purchase: Ecopoxy Flowcast in 6L – $221 plus shipping
    • Available w/Prime shipping but costs more per gallon
  • 1/4” – 1.5” pours per layer; don’t exceed 1” for pours over 20L, and varies by temp and humidity
  • Datasheet link
  • Clear, UV resistant, impact resistant
  • Corbin’s notes:
    • Disclaimer: Another epoxy that I haven’t used. It is new to the market, and probably is an attempt to fit the need for something quicker than 1/8″ pours but not as thick as the Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic’s 1.5″ pours. I probably won’t try it because it is quite a bit more expensive than other options.

Countertop Epoxies

These epoxies generally cure harder and are more scratch resistant. They are also self-leveling and meant to be poured as a “flood coat”. Some are heat resistant, but not all. Generally they can’t be poured more than 1/8” thick at at time, and requires you to do multiple layers to do thicker pours; this might be okay for clear pours (just slow), but would suck for matching colored pours.

Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy

  • Purchase: Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy (2 gallons)
  • 1/8” thick pours (can not be poured thicker)
  • Scratch resistant (but it still does scratch!)
  • Transparent (at 1/8” thick, I’m sure it will be yellow if you are thicker than 1/4”)
  • Heat resistance, not UV resistant
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Works great in thin pours; works well for filling engravings
    • Requires 2-4 flood coats to get it perfectly flat. For river tables, I’d prefer another finish.
    • I did the gloss finish on my a river table with it and I’ve done some other finishes on artwork with it (for artwork, I should have used artcoat)

Pro Marine Bar Table Top Epoxy

Yeti Labs / Pour Me a River: The Top

  • Purchase: Pour Me a River The Top
  • UV Stabilizer, heat and scratch resistant, food safe
  • 18 hour dry time
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Haven’t used this one yet; need to try it out because the price is good. Pro Marine is cheaper and has free Amazon shipping. Wisdbond is also cheaper.

WiseBond Bar and Table Top Epoxy

  • Purchase: WiseBond Bar and Table Top Epoxy
    • $60-$62/gallon (a good price!)
    • 1/8” thick pours recommended, but up to 1/4″
    • UV stable (but not recommended for outdoors)
    • Datasheet link
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I haven’t used this epoxy yet
    • A good price for doing flood coats and comparable to Pro Marine’s price and capabilities; I might try it or Pro Marine

Stone Coat Art Coat Epoxy

  • Purchase: Stone Coat Art Coat Epoxy (direct, 2 gallons) or Stone Coat Art Coat on Amazon
    • $99 – $110 / gallon
  • Same stuff as above with an extended working time (they say about 50 minutes longer than their countertop epoxy) and UV inhibitors
  • Corbin’s Notes: 
    • I have not used this yet. It would be interesting to use it for my artwork projects and clear coat on artwork engravings, but some other options are at a better price
    • I’m guessing it isn’t as scratch resistant as the Countertop Epoxy they sell; otherwise, they would just add UV inhibitors to it.  

Ecopoxy UVPoxy

  • Purchase: Ecopoxy UVPoxy or Amazon for Ecopoxy UVPoxy
    • $129/gallon
    • Free prime shipping on some versions
  • Pours up to 1/4”, UV resistant, crystal clear, doesn’t yellow
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • Too expensive to try compared to other brands and options

Clear FX Poxy – by Countertop Epoxies

  • Site: FX Clear Epoxy
    • $95/gallon – not to bad a price – unsure on shipping
  • Heat resistance, crystal clear, very hard
  • Assuming it pours up to 1/4″, but I didn’t see that on the site

Quick Setting Epoxies

Generally good for sealing wood to prevent air bubbles. Usually the they will cure cloudy due to air entrapment and quick curing times, so they aren’t great for filling voids. They can be tinted. I do use them for filling engravings so I don’t have to wait as long for the epoxy to cure. Some listed are penetrating epoxies; these are more fluid and are designed to soak into the wood to make it more stable and prevent air bubbles.

Stone Coat Quick Coat Epoxy

  • Purchase: Stone Coat Quick Coat Epoxy (direct purchase, 1 quart) or Stone Coat Quick Coat on Amazon
    • $100 / gallon
    • $25 for 1 quart; or $100/gallon $15 (Amazon) – $20 for shipping
  • For thin pours only!
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I use this epoxy a lot for sealing my wood before doing the main pour.
    • It cures quickly, allowing me to sand sooner, or do the regular pour in the same day when it is still tacky
    • It absorbs a lot of air and will become white/milky looking — especially if you use a drill to mix it — less so when mixed by hand
    • I use it to fill small voids and holes
    • I use it to fill my epoxy engravings that are tinted, but you have to touch it quite a bit early on to get air bubbles out and have it warm
    • It will smoke and melt mixing cups; don’t pre-heat it up too much, that makes it go off too quickly
    • Pre-heating it will help with clarity

Yeti Labs / Pour Me a River: The Quick

  • Website: https://yetilabsepoxy.com or https://pourmeariver.com
  • Purchase: Yeti Labs The Quick
    • $69/quart (out of stock)
  • Corbin’s Notes:
    • I can only find this on the Yeti Labs site and not on the “Pour Me a River” site. The sites look identical, but prices are better on Pour Me a River. I think it is not shown because it is out of stock at this time

WiseBond Quick-Set Epoxy

Total Boat Penetrating Epoxy


Other Epoxy Brands

These are brands that I’m not considering for river tables, mainly due to price or pour thickness.

MAS Epoxies

I’ve used MAS epoxies for my wooden kayak. They work great, but are more expensive than other options.

  • Website: https://masepoxies.com
  • Deep Pour Epoxy: $130/gallon, 0.5-1″ deep
  • Penetrating Epoxy Sealer: $70/quart – looks good for soft wood
  • Table Top Pro Epoxy: $75/gallon

East Coast Resin

KSResin Liquid Cast

  • Deep Pour Epoxy
    • $90/gallon – not too expensive
    • Apparently crystal clear
    • 2″ thick

Countertop Only Epoxy Companies

Needs Research

  • Alumilite
    • Lots of people use this brand for pressure pot castings
  • Rusty Design
  • Plastic World

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