A wooden commercial bar top with a waterproof epoxy resin finish.

Bar top epoxy is a common finishing choice for many different types of decor, fixtures, and furniture—but especially for bar tops. It provides a variety of benefits—both functional and aesthetic—when serving as a protective finish, and it's easy to apply for professionals and DIYers alike.

Whether your project is commercial or domestic, a premium bar top epoxy is a spectacular choice for any kind of bar.

With a bar top epoxy finish, you get:

  • Endurance: With its heavy durability, it provides substantial resistance to scratches, dents, and similar forms of damage.

  • Clarity: Featuring high transparency, it can neatly showcase substrate materials and embedments, while also being highly customizable with pigments and dyes.

  • Long-Lasting: Epoxy has an extensive lifespan. When properly handled, a premium epoxy like our UltraClear Bar Top Epoxy will last a minimum of 7 years.

  • Low-Maintenance: Bar top epoxy's ultra-smooth surface also makes it resistant to staining and allows it to be easily cleaned and sterilized for use as a food safe surface.

But what about another important feature—waterproofing? Is bar top epoxy waterproof? In this explainer we'll discuss the extent of bar top epoxy's waterproofing and moisture resistance.

A bar top with a waterproof UltraClear Bar Top Epoxy finish.

Is bar top epoxy waterproof?

The answer is yes; bar top epoxy is waterproof (once it finishes curing).

In fact, one of the primary draws to choosing bar top epoxy for a bar top finish is its impressive waterproofing capability. With a coating of epoxy, you'll no longer need be mindful of concerns like rotting, moisture damage, or warping in popular substrate options such as wood.

A cured epoxy resin finish is hydrophobic, meaning that it repels water (and other liquids) instead of absorbing it. This often causes them to bead up making them effortless to wipe away or causing them to gradually evaporate. The tight-knit bond that epoxy forms with the substrate and itself is so smooth that water is unable to permeate its surface.

Waterproof—and easy to clean

Along with bar top epoxy's waterproof surface comes a secondary benefit—it's easy to clean and maintain.

In most cases, simply using warm water, mild soap, and a suitable cloth or some paper towels will clear away any residue or debris. For stuff that's a little thicker, you can use standard glass cleaner.

For thorough sanitization, you can use any cleaning sprays that are designed for eliminating germs, or simply apply diluted alcohol. This will destroy any microbes hiding on your finish and keep your surfaces fresh.

The most important part is choosing a good epoxy.

When planning an epoxy bar top, the quality of your chosen epoxy matters a great deal.

These days there are many substandard epoxy resins, typically imported by third-parties to sell in the U.S. in ways that bypass quality regulations. These resins are often produced with low-grade ingredients and cost-saving fillers that compromise on the quality at the user's expense.

That's why getting the job done right starts with choosing an optimal epoxy resin product. When selecting a bar top epoxy for your bar, always look for a premium epoxy resin from a reputable brand. This will help you achieve a proper finish and will ensure the resin you use stays strong and clear.

At UltraClear Epoxy, our premium Bar Top Epoxy is second to none. With a self-leveling, 1/8-inch natural thickness, this top-tier sealant provides superior protection at a cost-effective price. It's easy to apply and goes on crystal-clear for a high-gloss, long-lasting finish.

Click here to learn more about our premium UltraClear Bar Top Epoxy.

A close-up of a tile bar top with a waterproof UltraClear Bar Top Epoxy finish..

Additional Resources

We hope you found this article informative. Here are some additional resources you may find useful:

Have questions? Want advice? Contact us!

If you have any questions about bar top epoxy's waterproofing traits, or any other aspect of epoxy—or if you'd simply like advice in planning your next epoxy project, please reach out to us at UltraClear Epoxy. Our epoxy experts are ready to assist!

You can contact us via phone or email here. During business hours, you can also text chat online with one of our resin specialists by clicking the Help button at the bottom right of your screen.

For a rock-solid, crystal-clear bar top finish, choose UltraClear Bar Top Epoxy!

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