Epoxy River Table Top Coat Damage

This one might be the most common issue. Whether it is scratches or holes, uneven cure, fish eyes, or dust and debris cured with the epoxy resin, do not be afraid. There is no cause for panic; follow our quick tutorial on restoring the damaged top coat of your epoxy resin river table.


The first step is determining the problem so we can apply the solution. If there is an actual hole in your river table, you will need to patch it up with our DIY Epoxy River table and wait until it is fully cured. Afterward, if you have scratched, fish eyes, or any other imperfections on your river table, you will need to sand and recoat with your DIY Epoxy Countertop.

Accessories Required:

  • DIY Epoxy Countertop Kit
  • Protective equipment for your safety, gloves, protective eye gear and an apron to protect your clothing
  • Border for your casting mold, such as melamine board, corrugated plastic sheets
  • Tools to build the mold, drill, screws, tape, glue gun or caulking for sealing the mold
  • Sanding block, buffer/polisher
  • Solvent such as denatured alcohol to clean your wood slab and any items that will be in the epoxy river table
  • Brush to apply & scrapper for seal & top coat
Sand & Clean

You will need to prepare your surface for a first topcoat. With a grit 220 sand paper, do a quick sanding to ensure the surface is roughened up for proper epoxy adhesion. After the sanding, ensure that your epoxy river table is free from dust; cleaning it with an isopropyl alcohol wipe is often the best practice.

Measure & Mix

By volume, measure one part hardener for two parts resin of your DIY Epoxy Countertop. Pour into a clean round mixing container, stir thoroughly for four minutes to ensure a homogeneous mixture.

Flood Coat

After you've mixed the epoxy and resin, you can pour our self-leveling countertop epoxy directly on your table. You can use a spreader to ensure the mixture is evenly spread. This epoxy self's level at 1/8 inches; the rest will flow over the edges.

Cure & Finish

Depending on the depth of the scratches and imperfections, you will need at least two flood coats. You can wait only 12 hours between the flood coat, ensure the countertop epoxy resin is still tacky. In the event that the topcoat is fully cured, you will need to scuff up the topcoat to ensure proper epoxy resin adhesion. Repeat the flood coat until you are satisfied with the results.