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Filling cracks with epoxy after Tung oil

I think I may have screwed up the order of operations a bit Yup. But because you're using an oil finish it's not quite as bad as it seems. Inside the cracks and other defects the epoxy won't stick ...
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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

Since it doesn't relate to the other things we're discussing in the Comments we can go ahead and Answer the main query you posted here. In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin? ...
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Why is my West Systems epoxy discoloring after sanding

the white haze stayed all the way through 180 grit. 180 paper is actually fairly coarse in the grand scheme of things. It is a perfectly fine final sanding grit for wood in most cases (and sometimes ...
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The epoxy hardens extremely slowly - what's the cause?

I've just checked the website for this epoxy. The pot life is not the same as the curing time. It states: Potlife: 30 minutes at 23 ° C Curing time: Initial curing 10-12 hours at 23°C. Full ...
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Why does two-part epoxy shrink when mixed?

Trying to recall my grade 11 chemistry here, but the makeup of the two parts are not identical and one has molecules that fit in the empty spaces of the other part. You can observe the same behaviour ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

Why is clear epoxy not used? Two related reasons I can think of plus a third unrelated. The first is just because people don't want to make their fills transparent (or to put it another way, they ...
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Epoxy sat in -7c for 3 nights should I replace it?

Should be fine. Epoxy contains no water, so is not damaged by freezing. Some users rely on this when they mix a large batch, putting one half in the freezer so they can use it later! I have done this ...
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What is the strongest wood filler?

There isn't a single definitive answer to this because many of the options have variables that affect the properties of the set/hardened product. Obviously this includes any blends of an adhesive with ...
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Is it possible make the surface of wood harder?

The comments have a lot of good discussion about wood choice, but to directly answer your question, yes. You can use epoxy to make a surface harder. However, you need to be careful about your choice ...
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How to properly use dye or sawdust to color epoxy for filling voids in wood

Basically, I want to avoid situations I've encountered in the past where the dyed epoxy seeps into the wood surrounding the void and creates a stain or blotch that is difficult to impossible to sand ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

Should I look for another way to fill the void? This is a matter of opinion but I don't think so. Epoxy is one of the best, if not the best, materials to fill voids and fallen knots. It has become ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

It's a knot. Or at least you are treating it like a knot. Knots don't match final finish color in virtually all cases. The basic approach - fill with black epoxy. Trying to be subtle but it won't ...
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The epoxy hardens extremely slowly - what's the cause?

You will need to experiment. Try ten small batches with increasing amounts of hardener. Check results and repeat based on previous results and go from there. I would look for another product while ...
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Why is my West Systems epoxy discoloring after sanding

When you apply the poly the scratches will fill and the cloudiness from the sanding will disappear
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Can I black dye gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of black epoxy?

I am wondering if it would be possible to dye black gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of the well known black epoxy method? No. Polyurethane glues foam up as they cure, and the ...
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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

I have used hot glue on occasion to form a “dam” around the perimeter of the resin. Simple and effective. Hot glue guns and sticks are very cheap. Easy to remove later.
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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

Obviously levelling the slab to begin with would help here, checking in both directions and along both diagonals with a level1. but this time I think a little silicone/hot glue boundary might keep ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

I've used clear epoxy and tinted, it just depends on the project. Clear is generally harder to get right. If you have contaminants they will show or cloud the final product. For me, tinting is either ...
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How to properly use dye or sawdust to color epoxy for filling voids in wood

You need to consider what effect you're chasing. Epoxy as a filler always looks 'foreign' because it has a different surface finish, and because it neither takes stains nor ages the same way as the ...
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What can be done to repair epoxy resin cast that cracked while curing?

As I'm sure you'll have picked up from elsewhere, you can't repair this. I will bet you'll find at least someone who's tried to recover from something similar to this by pouring in more epoxy but ...
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High or Low RPM for sanding Epoxy layer on wood?

Unfortunately this is one of those things which comes down to the ever-regrettable it depends. There are numerous variables that are important to any specific situation of sanding epoxy and they go ...
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What are my options to generate vacuum for impregnating with resin/epoxy?

As the comments say, you don't really have to do this to protect wood from humidity. Depending on the application, some wood is used without any finish at all because that has proven the most ...
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What order do I go in to fill defects in wood?

Many "live edge" slabs/boards have structural issues like voids, knots, cracks, etc. which can be filled using two-part epoxy. To prepare the surface, sand with coarse grit sandpaper to ...
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What order do I go in to fill defects in wood?

If slab is already flat and prepared the correct order is: fill wth epoxy, sand the fills flat, then apply oil, then apply poly. Some cracks may go through thickness of wood, to prevent epoxy leaking ...
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Epoxy has just soaked into my project, can I put lacquer on to stop that then when it dries can I put epoxy on again?

A layer of cured epoxy will stop epoxy from soaking into the wood at least as well as lacquer will. Skip the lacquer and just do another layer of epoxy.
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Can resin or epoxy be poured over a poly finish?

Is it safe to fill in with resin/epoxy or anything that will level it without damaging what's there? We don't know quite what you're facing but epoxy doesn't damage cured poly so you're fine as far ...
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How can I remove metal connectors from a thin wooden ring?

If you are sure the parts are epoxied together there isn't much you can do. Epoxy is forever for most mortals. It depends on the kind of epoxy, but most are resistant to most common solvents. So you ...
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Clear coat over epoxy?

Because epoxy is a high build film finish, you want the surface to be flat and level before you put something else on it. So that means either sanding the surface flat or pouring another layer of ...
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Clear coat over epoxy?

Beautiful results. Absolutely, epoxy takes other finish very well, as it is completely inert once its hardened. That looks great by the way. I have used spar varnish on top of epoxy for a boat ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

The choice is entirely aesthetic. I have only ever used clear epoxy to fill cracks because i think that looks best. Sometimes a striking effect is achieved with other fillers too, eg. turquoise.
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