Epoxy Resin Drop-In Sink Installation
Here are some details about how we set epoxy resin drop-in sinks.
Eventually, we hope to do a video showing how we install epoxy resin drop-in sinks. In the meantime, here are some step-by-step instructions and photos that may be helpful.
1. Mask the top of the sink
Run masking tape around the top of the sink – proud of the edges (overlapping the edges). Then trim the tape back flush to the sink using a razor blade.
2. Mask the sink cutout
Run masking tape around the perimeter of the sink cutout. You may want to overlap the corners of the cutout and trim the tape back to the cutout using a razor blade.
3. Apply epoxy adhesive to the perimeter of the sink cutout
Mix two-part epoxy adhesive in a one-to-one ratio. Apply the adhesive to the perimeter of the sink cutout using a putty knife or shim. Be careful not to drop adhesive onto the floor of the sink base cabinet below.
Note: Covering the sink base cabinet floor with a piece of cardboard to protect against any adhesive that may drop is a good idea.
4. Set the sink in the cutout
Set the sink in the cutout and then smooth the epoxy adhesive over the joint using a putty knife or shim, or even your finger if wearing gloves. When the joint is full and does not have any gaps or pin holes, go ahead and remove the tape from the sink and around the sink cutout. Clean up any remaining epoxy adhesive and smooth the joint using a rag moistened with mineral spirits. Note: The epoxy adhesive will remain workable for at least 5 to 10 minutes, so you’ll have time to continue smoothing the joint until it looks nice.
- We like to use blue masking tape as it seems to leave less “tape adhesive” residue behind. Go ahead and use regular masking tape if you don’t like spending the extra money for blue.
- FAQ: Could you use caulk instead of the epoxy adhesive? Yes – you can. We prefer the epoxy adhesive because we know it will hold up to all kinds of acids and solvents and we think it’s easier to mold and smooth than caulk.
- Having a trash receptacle close by to dispose of the tape with epoxy adhesive on it is helpful.
- Wear disposable latex gloves. You’re much better off not having epoxy adhesive or caulk on your hands. Not to mention the mineral spirits.