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TotalBoat Crystal Clear Epoxy Kit Size B
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TotalBoat Crystal Clear Epoxy Kits Customer Questions and Answers

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After epoxy is applied can it be sealed with polyurethane or varnish?

Asked on 01/09/2017 by Doyle Turner

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WE haven't actually used it yet. Sorry.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by Michael Astrosky
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I am assuming that the epoxy is used in specific areas, sanded flush, and then a coat of a surface finish, i.e. urethane/varnish is applied. Will work fine. If however, a total surface is epoxied, there would be no need to topcoat with poly.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by ALAN MELAD

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Yes. With either oil or water based. But I use the epoxy as the sealer. Water proof and hard as a rock. The poly or varnish is the finish after I've sealed it with epoxy.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by ABB ABB

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Yes, I've used this on several paddles and after the epoxy hardens sand with 220 and then varnish to restore the glossy clear finish.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by MARK SPONHOLZ

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Well the epoxy is the sealer You can protect from UV with the right UV blocking polyurethane

Answered on 01/10/2017 by ROBERT GREENE

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Thank you, this was very helpful

Answered on 01/10/2017 by Doyle Turner

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Yes, I'm using TotalBoat Gleam.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by STEVEN FLOOD

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Thank

Answered on 01/10/2017 by Doyle Turner

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Yes I've done exactly that with a table top. I applied 2 coats epoxy for durability then sanded with 240gr and applied 2-3 coats satin poly. Looks great.

Answered on 01/10/2017 by DAVID SHORES
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I would like to use an epoxy product to fill large gaps in a wooden table top that's roughly 1.5" thick. In the past I've used West Systems 105/207. Is this system able to accomplish the same task? I'm interested due to the slightly lower price point but don't want to wreck a project just to save a few dollars.

Asked on 04/04/2018 by Eric from Madison, WI

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Hi Eric, TotalBoat Crystal Clear is designed to compare directly to WSY 105 and 207. We have only noticed some slight up and down differences in the numerical statistics (as you will see on both tech sheets), but as far as filling gaps or strength, you should see no difference between products, working properties, or performance.

Answered on 06/01/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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That's what I use this for. I actually like it better than West System as it does dry crystal clear. Great stuff.

Answered on 04/04/2018 by andybryant57

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Yes. We're a custom wood shop and deal with slabs and live edge work routinely. There are some very subtle differences. The total boat almost feels oily before its fully cured (it's not oil, just feels), which struck me/us as peculiar at first, simply because it was different. But it fills the same, sands the same, does the same thing, more or less. I like that it's clear, rather than the light reddish brown of the WS hardener. We've used it for bent laminations as well. So far, can't tell any appreciable difference between the two.

Answered on 04/04/2018 by rworiginals

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Eric, The product is fairly thin so you would have to dam up at edges otherwise should be fine..dan

Answered on 04/04/2018 by cherneffwoodworking

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I used the crystal clear epoxy to fill voids In a bench that I made. It very well. It was so clear you couldn't tell it was there. Rick Thompson

Answered on 04/05/2018 by dtstudio.tx
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What is the shelf life of the products in their containers at room temperature with the pumps installed? How quickly must the volume be used before it goes off?

Asked on 06/05/2018 by Zed from Vermont

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This product should not have a specific 'shelf life' like polyester or vinyl ester products. Neither component should dry out per se like air-dry type products either. Over time the pumps may need to be reprimed, and the hardener may start to oxidize and take a slightly more amber tone, but the only thing that can happen (generally after years of time, or if it is allowed to go below the proper storage temp for many cycles) is that it can crystallize. Crystallization can be resolved by heating the product to 140-150 deg F (such as in a water bath around the container). Please call one of our techs here at (800) 497-0010 if you need any further details, we would be glad to help.

Answered on 06/20/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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i had a system that lasted for over a year

Answered on 06/05/2018 by seany407

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I've kept it for over a year without any issues. The pumps stay tight so it's just like having the caps on the containers. But if they sit for a while be sure to reprime the pumps before measuring out the epoxy. Push down slowly on the pump until you feel resistance, release the pump so it rises to its' full height, then pump away.

Answered on 06/05/2018 by loosemoose51

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Been using mine off and on for 3 months, no problem.

Answered on 06/06/2018 by ymarkhedges
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Can this epoxy (Crystal Clear 3:1) be thinned to allow deeper penetration of the first coat? I want to seal the edges of raw plywood. If so, what do you recommend - Acetone, Styrene, Xylene, and what ratio?

Asked on 04/12/2018 by Dave from NC

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Hi Dave, we do not recommend thinning Crystal Clear epoxy at all. If you need to seal the edges, we also sell TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy which is a low viscosity epoxy system that is designed specifically for your application. If you wanted to coat the Penetrating Epoxy with Crystal Clear epoxy, there are no compatibility issues.

Answered on 06/04/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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Yes I use acetone worked great

Answered on 04/12/2018 by shourdsmike

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Everything I read said not to thin the epoxy. I used this as a first (and second) coat on unfinished antique reclaimed Southern yellow pine, and it worked beautifully. I'm not sure what there is to gain by thinning it.

Answered on 04/12/2018 by martin.phillips

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I would not thin it. Make sure it is warm, above 70F and it will flow easily. I have used both west and total boat and personally i prefer west.

Answered on 04/14/2018 by gouser2
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Is the pump used in this kit and 3 to 1 pump? The Chrystal clear hardener pump is but the info doesn't say if the resin pump is 3to1.

Asked on 11/28/2016 by Wes Lindert

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1 pump on each gives the proper mix.

Answered on 11/30/2016 by ABB ABB
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This crystal clear kit comes with a hardener pump that will deliver a 3 to 1 mix with the resin pump supplied. Just remember it's one pump of resin and one pump of hardener. The pumps dispense the correct 3 to 1 ratio.

Answered on 11/30/2016 by Rick White

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I'm not sure if 3:1 or 5:1. The fine print on the jugs give the actual ratio in grams hardener:resin. It doesn't matter since the pumps included in the kit are calibrated such that it's 1 pump of each for the proper ratio. The product works very well

Answered on 11/29/2016 by DAVID SHORES
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Does the totalboat come in a satin or matte finish?

Asked on 01/16/2017 by Jason Stoltzfus

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Does that mean toalboat comes in different sheens? Thank you!

Answered on 01/16/2017 by Jason Stoltzfus
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This is a clear epoxy, it will be a little glossy in appearance.

Answered on 01/16/2017 by Rick White
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Can Total Boat silica thickener be used with this epoxy?

Asked on 07/15/2021 by Paddle maker from undisclosed

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Yes

Answered on 07/30/2021 by Paul
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I have an outdoor ipe shower that develops terrible soap spots and scum that are very difficult to remove. I have tried Deks Olje D1 to seal the ipe but the soap issue remained. I'm wondering if sealing the ipe with TB epoxy and then varnishing would give me a more protective, washable surface. Will this epoxy adhere to the notoriously hard ipe? More importantly, will it stay adhered in a high moisture environment?

Asked on 06/25/2020 by Woody from CT

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A high gloss finish may not prevent the soap spots but it will certainly be more resistant to water and make the surface easier to clean.

Answered on 06/26/2020 by Paul
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Will this product work over ceramic tile? I'm building a bar and the bar top is made from 4'x2' cermaic tiles. Will this encapsulate the tile?

Asked on 10/20/2019 by patrick from NY

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The tiles being smooth, I don't think it will stick very well over time.

Answered on 10/31/2019 by Richard
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Am building a small boat (Bolger's "Skimmer- the Poor Man's Whaler) in my cellar. Which epoxies are most odorless, if any? It's too cold here in Boston to build in my unheated garage and I want to get on the water by spring. Any suggestions?

Asked on 01/29/2018 by Bruce from Bedford MA

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The lowest odor epoxy products in the TotalBoat line are the High Performance 2:1, which gives you options of a fast, medium and slow hardener.

Answered on 05/09/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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