can epoxy have a matte finish?

Epoxy is a great material to use for craft projects. It’s strong, durable, and has many different uses. But the problem with epoxy is that it always looks glossy when you’re done with it.

If you’d like to make your epoxy look more matte or less glossy, there are some simple steps that you can take to achieve that effect.

How do you make a matte finish on epoxy?

As you may have noticed, most paints and finishes are glossy. Matte finishes are less common, but they do exist. If you want to create a matte finish on your epoxy project, there are a variety of options for how to go about doing it:

  • Use matte finish epoxy instead of standard epoxy. Some types of epoxies are designed to have a matte finish—you can find them at home improvement stores and online retailers. These compounds will be labeled with “matte” in the name or description of the product, so look for these if you’re buying online.
  • Use a matte primer beneath your topcoat paint or varnish when painting your project. You’ll need to use an oil-based primer rather than a water-based one; this is because oil-based primers tend to saturate into porous surfaces better than their watery counterparts do (such as wood). It’s best if this type of primer has been specifically formulated for use with acrylic paints; otherwise, it may not do its job properly! Be sure that all surfaces being painted are sealed first too; otherwise, dirt could get trapped inside later on down the line which will make cleaning-out any cracks/crevices much more difficult afterward 🙂

Does epoxy come in a matte finish?

Epoxy is glossy by nature, so there’s no way to make an epoxy matte. However, there are several options available for making a resin-based finish matte.

Resin is a common ingredient in many products that require high impact resistance such as countertops and furniture pieces. You can also get clear coats finished with a matte sheen if you want something thinner than the thick coatings used on countertops and furniture pieces.

Another option would be lacquer finishes, which use shellac instead of polymers as epoxies do; this makes them not as durable but much easier to apply and remove from wood surfaces without leaving any residue behind when it gets chipped off later down the road (although this does depend on how well it was applied in the first place).

How can I make my epoxy less glossy?

You can make your epoxy less glossy by using a matte finish epoxy, paint, varnish, wax, or sealer. A matte finish topcoat is also available.

How do you make resin look matte?

To make resin look matte, you’ll want to use matte finish paint. Matte finishes are used on floors and walls in an attempt to create the appearance of tiling or brickwork.

If you want your resin to look like this, then you’ll need paint with a matte finish that can be applied over the surface of your piece.

This means you can either use gloss or semi-gloss resin and then apply it over another layer of matte paint, or else just apply the paint directly onto your piece before curing it.

If you’re looking for something more durable than simply painting over cured resin—perhaps because you intend for people to walk on top of it—then consider investing in an epoxy floor coating such as DuraSeal HDX Floor Coating System by DuraStrip International Corp.

Is there a matte clear coat?

You can use a matte clear coat over your shiny epoxy. You will need to use a matte clear coat to make a matte clear coat, but it’s worth it for that extra touch of style!

How do you make a surface matte?

The simplest way to create a matte finish is by using a matte finish primer. This type of primer won’t hide the texture in your surface, but it will prevent it from showing through the top coat of paint or varnish (which may have gloss added).

Matte paints come in both oil-based and water-based varieties. They are formulated with a less glossing agent than their high-gloss counterparts, giving them a more muted appearance.

To achieve a truly matte finish with these paints, you’ll need to apply multiple coats; however, this can be time-consuming and messy because the solvent from each layer evaporates before you can apply another coat.

Waterborne varnishes have become increasingly popular in recent years because they’re environmentally friendly and easy to use—they don’t require any toxic solvents for an application like oil-based varnishes do!

These types of products are available at most home improvement stores; just remember that they will leave visible brush strokes when applied directly over textured surfaces such as drywall or stucco (so keep scrolling down if spray application is preferable).

Is there a matte lacquer?

There is no such thing as a matte lacquer. The finish of your paint job is dictated by the resin you use. You can’t change the gloss or sheen of a paint job by changing its finish, but you can change the glossiness by altering what’s within it.

The most effective way to do this is by adding an additive that will change how light reflects off of it, like adding a filler or pigment (pigments make things darker and more opaque).

How do you epoxy a satin finish?

In order to get a matte finish, you can use any of the following:

  • A matte finish epoxy.
  • Matte finish primer.
  • Matte paint (paint brand name in parentheses, if desired).
  • Matte wax or varnish.
  • Lacquer with a satin sheen.

You can also use polyurethane with either an oil-based or water-based finish, depending on what kind of project you’re working on and how much coverage you need for it!


We hope that you’ve found this article helpful in your quest to learn more about matte epoxy. As we mentioned above, there are many ways to create a matte finish, whether it be through sanding the surface or using special paints or finishes on top of an existing coat of glossy paint.

There are even some products on the market specifically designed for this type of project!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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