Cut a square template from cut-off wood and mark out on your door.
Cut the pole wrap into square puzzle pieces to size using the inspiration picture as guidance.
Sand the edges of the pole wrap along the cut line to make good.
Top cutting tip: Add frog tape along the cut line to prevent the wood splintering.
Start assembling the square puzzle pieces on top of the desk and measure the exact top surface area covered.
Cut off any excess from the door and round the corners.
Note: It is much easier to use resin tape to hold the resin and add the edging tape afterwards.
Mix up the resin and paint on a thin paint sealing coat.
This will take 24 hours to cure.
A: GlassCast have a calculator on their website, but it is 2kg per square metre of resin you will need. You can calculate this by weight at a ratio of 2 to 1 (resin to hardener).
A: Mix part A (the resin) with part B (the hardener) for 3 minutes. Pour the resin into a clean pot (IMPORTANT) and stir again for 3 minutes – this will ensure the resin is fully mixed.
A: Wood is a porous material, and if you go ahead without one you run the risk of air being drawn out of the wood, and into the resin forming air bubbles.
A: You will not be able to make an impression with your fingernail.
A: There is no easy answer here – it means that the sticky area was a patch of unmixed resin and there is no “hardener” mix in it and it will not cure. Dig out the soft resin and mix more.
A: Yes, wet sanding is best as dry sanded resin particles are hazardous. GlassCast have some great instructional videos on this on the website
A: GlassCast sell a polish called NW1 that is specifically designed for hard plastics like cured epoxy resin. For an optional extra step – add GlassCast’s Top Finish for a mirror like finish.
A: The NW1 is self-diminishing, so as you add more polishing compound it will start from its most course state. What does this mean in layman’s terms? Each time you apply the polish, make sure you are covering the whole area and work it down, so it disappears.
A: There is a story highlight named “DESK” on Instagram at @SurreyHouseDIY that documents the entire process – INCLUDING THE MISTAKES!