Constructing a Temporary Dam

If your application calls for a temporary dam to be constructed it must be done with great care to insure it can be removed after the epoxy is cured. Ideally a smooth, soft or flexible plastic strip should be used because the epoxy will not stick to it. Alternatively, wooden trim can be used but only if it is first covered with a 4 mil plastic sheeting. Lining the wood trim with the plastic and tacking it to the edge should prevent the epoxy from running in between the edge and the plastic. Testing on a small mock up should be done to insure no leakage or problems will occur with your damming technique.

Another method for doing bar tops, table tops and countertops is to let the epoxy flow over the edges. Our UltraClear epoxy is formulated so that you can pour it right over the edge of a surface without having a border or a raised edge all the way around.

You will simply put down some 2mil painters plastic so that you don’t get epoxy on your floor. The epoxy will self-level on the surface of the bar and drip over the edges coating the sides. You will want to pour it deliberately so that the sides get coated really good. After the epoxy hardens, you can come back and sand underneath any hardened epoxy that has formed. The epoxy will not hang down like icicles as it will go over the edges and under the lip about 1/4” to 1/2”.