can I put epoxy over painted wood?

You’ve got a great idea and you want to be able to enjoy it for many years. You can do this by sealing your wood and making sure that it stays protected from the elements.

Epoxy is an excellent way to achieve this goal because it is one of the strongest coatings around and will protect your wood from water, UV rays, scratches, and other damages that can occur over time as well as help with overall durability.

Will epoxy stick to painted wood?

Epoxy is a very strong adhesive that will bond to almost any surface, as long as it is clean and dry. That’s why epoxy works so well for outdoor projects: because it can withstand harsh weather conditions like rain, snow, and wind.

The best way to ensure that your epoxy adhesive sticks well is to prepare the project first by cleaning off any dirt or grime from the surface with soap and water. Then let it dry completely before applying the epoxy.

How do you apply epoxy to painted wood?

Before you can apply your epoxy, you’ll need to remove all of the old paint from the wood. You can use a paint stripper or chemical stripper to do this, but if you don’t have either of these products on hand, there are other ways to remove it. If the old coat is thin enough, try sanding off any loose pieces using a fine grit sanding block.

Don’t worry about getting too deep; just make sure that all of the surface is even and smooth before moving on to step two: cleaning with a tack cloth.

Next up is applying primer over any holes or cracks in your piece of furniture—this will help prevent bleed-through later when applying epoxy resin topcoat (which we’ll get into later).

Finally comes application of an adhesive-resistant sealer like Varathane Water-Based Wood Filler Sealer/Conditioner as well as an exterior grade polyurethane varnish for added protection against water damage and UV rays (if desired).

Can you apply epoxy paint over paint?

The short answer is yes. If you want to use epoxy paint over a painted surface, there are some steps you’ll need to take first.

Epoxy paints are thick, heavy and hard-setting. Because of this, they can be difficult to apply evenly over smooth surfaces that have been previously painted.

In addition, because epoxy paints usually require primer and/or base coats, it’s important that the primer and base coat are compatible with each other so that they bond well together before applying the top layer of epoxy paint.

If you want to apply an epoxy finish directly over an existing painted surface without removing any existing layers beneath it first (such as wood stain or polyurethane), then you’ll have to prepare your surface by lightly sanding down any rough edges left by sanding blocks or other tools used during earlier stages of your project.

What kind of paint can you epoxy over?

  • Epoxy can be applied over latex paint. However, you must sand the area thoroughly and remove any oily residue or dust before applying epoxy.
  • Epoxy can also be applied over oil-based paints if the oil has been completely dry for at least two weeks before applying epoxy.
  • If you are applying epoxy over acrylic paint, make sure that it has cured for at least seven days before proceeding with your project. The curing process will prevent staining from occurring when you apply the epoxy.
  • Urethane-based paints are more difficult to work with than other types of paint because they tend to have a shinier finish than other finishes and therefore do not bond well to an existing surface in some cases. In general though, if the urethane is properly cured (a minimum of 30 days), it should work fine for most projects involving wood surfaces where a glossy finish is desirable or even required due to its durability and waterproof properties that make it ideal for exterior applications such as decks or fences where water exposure is common during rainy periods throughout summer months here in Washington state!

Can you cover acrylic paint with epoxy resin?

You can cover acrylic paint with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is a two-part resin that needs to be mixed together and then applied in thin coats to the surface. If you are covering a painted surface, let the first coat of epoxy dry thoroughly before applying the second coat.

Will epoxy bond to acrylic paint?

Acrylic paint is a water-based finish. Epoxy is a resin and oil-based finish. Epoxy will not bond to acrylic paint, but it can be applied over oil-based paint or varnish as long as you sand the existing surface thoroughly before applying epoxy.

You would also need to make sure that there’s no latex in your primer coat so it doesn’t interfere with the adhesion of your epoxy coating.

How do you epoxy a painted table?

You can use epoxy to seal painted wood, but you’ll need to take some extra steps. You’ll have to do the following:

  • Clean the surface by wiping off any dust or grime with a damp cloth
  • Apply a layer of epoxy over the paint. Make sure this is fully dry before moving on
  • Brush on a second coat of epoxy, making sure it’s even and smooth
  • Let both layers dry completely before applying another coat (or sanding) if necessary

Can you put epoxy over water based paint?

No, you can’t.

Epoxy will not stick to water based paint. You will have to remove all of the paint before applying epoxy, which means sanding it off with a high grit sandpaper and then cleaning the wood so it’s free from any small bits of dirt or dust that might be left behind.


In summary, you can use epoxy to cover painted wood, but it’s not ideal. Also, it depends on what kind of paint you want to cover with epoxy: acrylic or water-based.

If your wood is already painted or primed with a non-porous sealer like polyurethane or oil-based varnish, then these surfaces will bond well together without any problems.

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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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