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Live Edge Shelf

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  • Estimated Time

    Approximately 6 hours

  • Challenge Level

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Live Edge Shelf
    • Disposable Mixing Cups or Buckets with Volume Measurements
    • Stir Sticks or Paint Paddles (not power assisted)
    • Plastic Drop Cloth, Newspaper or Waxed Paper
    • Small Disposable Paint Bush for Edge Work
    • Latex, Vinyl or Chemical Resistant Gloves
    • Plastic Spreader or Squeegee
    • Eye Protection
    • Masking Tape
    • Level

If you love the look of live edge shelves, then you'll want to protect yours with a durable and waterproof epoxy resin that's easy to apply. The ultra-thick, high-gloss finish of Varathane Super Glaze gives your live edge shelf a shiny, wet-looking finish. 

Your surface must be level and dry. Clean and remove any oil, dust, dirt or wax from your shelf. Cover your surrounding area with wax paper, newspaper or a drop cloth. Before pouring, wipe the surface clean with alcohol or acetone to remove any remaining dust to ensure maximum adhesion. Protect the surface sides and edges with several layers of painter's tape or masking tape. 

Pour equal amounts of resin (Part A) and activator (Part B) into separate, straight-sided, quart-sized mixing cups with measurement markings. Carefully pour the measured epoxy resin (Part A) into the container with measured activator (Part B). Stir thoroughly and gently with a stir stick for a minimum of 3 minutes, but no more than 5 minutes. Then, pour the mixed Parts A & B container into a clean container. Stir gently and thoroughly with a stir stick and try to limit air bubbles from entering the mixture.

Super Glaze epoxy resin will begin to cure as soon as it is mixed; therefore it is best to pour immediately after mixing. Spread mixture in single direction over the entire surface. Do not continue to spread material once it starts to set up, otherwise it will not self-level during the curing process.

Remove surface bubbles while the surface is still wet. A hair dryer set on low can be used to help pop bubbles that may rise to the surface.

Allow Super Glaze epoxy resin to fully cure for 72 hours in a dust-free area before hanging your finished shelf.