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Old 03-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #11
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I've done a couple of bar tops and a vanity top with EnviroTex Lite and love the stuff. I'll see if I can get some pics up today.

http://www.amazon.com/Environmental-...pr_product_top

I would pour the bar top and poly the rail. You're not going to find many epoxies that are UV resistant. All of the epoxies scratch but I have no problem with that. It cleans up well, glasses don't leave rings and is very durable. If you set something heavy on the top, it may leave an impression but it goes away when you remove the object.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:33 PM   #12
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I can't wait to see pictures of it when its finished! That is one gorgeous bar!!!

 
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:32 PM   #13
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I find that epoxy finishes on wood has the appearance of a photograph of wood behind plastic. You really lose the real wood character. I'd be inclined not to use epoxy.

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #14
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Epoxies in general have a low heat tolerance - it will be fine for a bar top if it's glasses of cold beer, but it will be damaged by anything hot.

 
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #15
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I took a few pictures of some of the projects I did with the EnviroTex Lite. It's hard to show this stuff with pictures. You really need to see it first hand. I think no matter what epoxy product you choose, it's a good idea to do a couple of small projects to get used to it.

Kegerator with and without drip tray...





Wet bar...



Pony bar...



And the vanity top...

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:30 PM   #16
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I would epoxy the top and lacquer the rails.
You dont want the rails coming out uneven and plus i think the lacquer or even urethane would provide a better "feel" to them.

This is exactly what i would love to do in the corner of the basement!! ARHHH
VERY clean design and i friggin LOVE that little drop ceiling to accent the ceiling.

Beautiful...Just beautiful!
Im up in NY next time im down in PA you mind if i stop by?! Haha
Good luck!!
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:17 PM   #17
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I'm a wood guy, and wanted some of the grain to come thru. I also wanted the bar top to be easily repair. I went with good old tried and tru Poly. My Bar top got 6 coats of High gloss, High build.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #18
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Thanks for everyone's input! I will be putting epoxy on the bar top and probably poly (or lacquer, not sure which is better at this point, or if there would even be a difference) on the rails. I have been taking tons of pictures through out the project and plan on posting a thread with all of them once it is completed.

 
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:22 AM   #19
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I used envirotex lite on a table I made a while back (detail seen below), works great and still looks great a year later. It will pick up some fine scratches over time but they don't really bother me much.

if you go this route make sure your bar top is completely level or it will not dry evenly, if it isn't level then take it off (if possible) level it, apply the epoxy, and then re-attach it. A good drop cloth for overflow and a dust cover are also mandatory.

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:23 PM   #20
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I didn't even think about the bar needing to be 100% level for the epoxy... The bar top is definitely not removable either. I am now second guessing the epoxy again I'll have to check to see how level it actually is, but I know it's not perfect...

 
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