Epoxy Coffee Table from Black Walnut

Can you put hot dishes on epoxy table? Answer: No.

Epoxy resin, which is used to coat tables and other surfaces, is known for its durability and glossy finish. However, its resistance to heat can vary depending on the formulation and the quality of the epoxy.

Commercially available epoxy resins typically can withstand temperatures of up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius) before they begin to soften or become damaged. Some high-performance epoxies can handle higher temperatures, but this isn’t standard for all types.

Here are some considerations if you’re thinking of placing hot dishes on an epoxy table:

  1. Temperature Threshold: Always check the manufacturer’s specifications for the maximum temperature your specific epoxy can withstand.
  2. Direct Contact: Avoid placing very hot items directly on the epoxy surface. Hot pans, pots, or dishes can potentially damage the finish by creating heat marks, cloudiness, or even dents if the epoxy softens.
  3. Use Protection: It’s a good practice to use trivets, placemats, or other protective items under hot dishes to protect the epoxy surface.
  4. Prolonged Exposure: Even if a brief encounter with heat doesn’t damage the epoxy, repeated or prolonged exposure over time might.
  5. Cure Time: Ensure that the epoxy has fully cured before placing any hot items on it. The curing process can take several days to weeks, and the surface may be more susceptible to heat during this time.

If you are unsure about the heat resistance of your epoxy table, it’s best to err on the side of caution and protect the surface from potential heat damage.

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