Favored by professionals and DIYers alike, MirrorCoat is our self-leveling bar and tabletop epoxy coating with fans around the world. Featuring 100% solids and a crystal clear finish, MirrorCoat applies easily and gives the appearance of multiple coats of varnish.
MirrorCoat is a decorative, two-part, self-leveling bar top coating. It forms a high-gloss, clear protective coating for wood and many other materials. MirrorCoat creates a hard, clear layer on horizontal surfaces. Unlike most bar or countertop coatings, MirrorCoat is mixed at a ratio of two parts of resin to one part of hardener by volume.
• Cures crystal clear
• Exceptionally tough; water and alcohol proof
• Rapid defoaming
• Repairable, can be buffed and polished
• Convenient 2:1 mix ratio
Mix Ratio by Volume: 2:1
Mix Ratio By Weight: 100:44
Measure by volume two parts Resin (Part A) to one part Hardener (Part B), or by weight 100 parts of Part A to 44 Parts of Part B. Pour Part A in first. Pour Part B on top of Part A into the same container.
Vigorously hand-mix the material from the bottom to the top and scrape the sides of the container as well as the mixing stick. Larger batches will take longer to mix. Air generated from mixing comes out once applied.
Using a 1/8" foam roller, apply MirrorCoat to the surfaces at no more than ½ ounce per square foot. Too thick of a seal coat will not allow bubbles to pop. Immediately follow by lightly brushing the surface with a disposable paintbrush. Allow the seal coat to cure 4-6 hours or overnight. At 70°F MirrorCoat will have approximately 40 minutes working time.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2, measuring and mixing batches of MirrorCoat. Apply MirrorCoat to surface at 4 ounces per square foot minimum to ensure self-leveling. Spread out with a disposable paint brush. Spread the material to the edges and allow to run over. When dripping has stopped, brush the runs together.
Wait 5-10 minutes after entire surface is coated, then pop bubbles using a hand held propane torch. Simply wave the torch back and forth keeping the flame 6-8 inches from the surface. Avoid over torching MirrorCoat as the surface can be burnt.
Fisheyes in a solvent-free epoxy coating have a number of causes. Here's how you can fix them.
1. Surface contamination - Uncured stain, uncured sealer, Pledge® or other silicone-type polish.
Solution: Allow the stain/sealer to cure completely and/or remove the pledge or polish as best as possible before proceeding. This may take a few days to weeks depending on the product used. Lightly sand the existing epoxy with 120-150 grit. Care should be taken not to cut through the stain. Apply another seal coat of epoxy using an 1/8" nap foam roller, working to fill in the craters. Allow the epoxy to cure hard, sand entire application flat, and re-coat to finish.
2. Coating too thin
Solution: This is a common problem observed when pouring less than the recommended depth on the MirrorCoat® flood coat. Allow the existing epoxy to cure hard and block sand flat using 120-150 grit until leveled. If the cratering is minimal, you can use a squeegee to fill in those areas with epoxy and then sand flat. Proceed with the flood coat at 4 ounces per square feet.
3. Surface too smooth
Solution: Fine sanding is typically the culprit for a smooth surface. This can be avoided by sanding with 120-150 grit. Allow the existing epoxy to cure hard and block sand flat using 120-150 grit until leveled. If the cratering is minimal, you can use a squeegee to fill in those areas with epoxy and then sand flat. Proceed by re-coating with epoxy.
What is MirrorCoat's heat resistance / temperature tolerance?
The sticky spots are most typically uncured resin or hardener which hasn't been completely mixed in. If it's excess resin it can be removed with a strong solvent like lacquer thinner. If it's excess hardener it can be removed with soap and water. The sticky spots can be either, or both. Both clean up methods might need to be used.
The voids can be filled with small quantities of newly-mixed Mirrorcoat, carefully using a spatula or squeegee to smooth out any excess material. Let this cure 24-hours and lightly sand the surface with medium-coarse sandpaper. Finally, apply an additional flood coat at 4 fluid ounces per square foot.