Another reason you don't see it done as much with epoxy is the fact that you end up wasting expensive resin.
How much resin do folks waste? There is no doubt that it takes more resin to do an epoxy resin swirl (or solid color). However, how many back yard shapers are worried about an additional $6-to-$10 (USD) on resin? I have $0.60/oz for the resin I use. I figure I'm mixing an additional 10 ounces for a resin swirl than I would for a clear lam on a short board. Add in the pigment and we're talking $10-to-$15 total extra. If I'm building for a client, they're eating that cost anyway; hardly a dent in the overall pricing.
I don't buy the whole "resin swirls cost too much" mantra.
I’ve done it the normal way a bunch and it can be tricky not to mud up.so I came up with an easy way for me way. I make a small batch of clear epoxy like 8 oz.then mix a 1 oz or so cup of tinted epoxy (multi colors)and drizzle into clear and then put on fiberglass where I want it so I don’t over do it and swirl around with squeegee .then I laminate the rest of the board in clear. I also like to splatter some clear on before color to get some clear lines
* no wasted resin
Just my 2 cents
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Epoxy swirls are really not that hard....its all about technique. You get the most defined lines and color seperation by mixing up your resin and just squirting the tints or drizzling the pigments into your main cup. Give it maybe one stir then pour on the board and let it sit for a few minutes. Then the key to not getting jt muddy is to make only one or two passes with the squeegee to get the excess off. You can kind of selectively squeegee and stop over parts of dry cloth....let the resin saturate for about 30secs and then continue on. If you want the whole board to have good seperation ideally when you pour the resin on....you have resin covering all of the cloth without squeegeeing. Most boards you will see have a very detailed middle sectikn and then around that extending out towards the rails is a more solid color.....this is achieved by pouring enough resin in the middle of the board to get a cool swirl effecting and then squeegeeing excess towards rail to saturate lap. Hear are a few examples where i have done both. And honestly i see more waste on some guys regular epoxy lams in shops where they are used to doing poly compared to the amount of resin that hits the floor when i do an abstract.
Yeah like i said, this is for fun. Im just a surfer who loves surfboards and design. Got tired of paying top dollar for boards without getting to have any fun making them. Im not worried about wasted resin.
And man, those are some beautiful boards! I am super fond of the last two, and the fishes!
Seriously, thanks for all the input. You guys are really motivating me and giving me inspiration.
Those are cool, but the last two are BADASS!!!
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Nice work deez. The second pic is similar in color and pattern to jaymac’s original pic.
i love doing swirls, although I've never done one with epoxy so I'm not sure if it will help. But if I want some white in there I'll just use clear resin instead of putting white pigment in it. That way the white from the blank is what you see. I guess the downside is that it will yellow over time
Alright I can't seem to post images but I think if you click these they work?
They're more linear than swirled, although the board in my avatar, second photo, has some swirling action going on. I've never used poly resin so I can't talk about that. But if you don't just dump the epoxy on you can drag a minimum amount of it around and not smear colors so much. I dragged it around too much on the bottom of the red longboard and it's a lot less defined looking than the top.
Boards shaped: 7
When someone can do something like this with epoxy I’ll be impressed.
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