can table top epoxy be sanded?

Epoxy resin is a great material to work with, but it’s not without its challenges. One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How do I sand epoxy?” Epoxy can be hard to sand and sometimes even damage. So here’s everything you need to know about when and how to sand your epoxy resin table top!

When can I sand table top epoxy?

You can sand epoxy when it is fully cured, dry, hard, and tack-free. You should also wait until the epoxy resin is no longer sticky or tacky.

If you want to sand your table top after a few days but before the epoxy resin has fully cured (just before it starts to get tacky), then use a piece of cardboard as a buffer between the sander and your table top.

This will help prevent any damage from occurring if there are any scratches in your finish now that could be seen later when the surface becomes clear again after sanding.

How do you get epoxy clear after sanding?

Now that you’ve sanded the epoxy table top, it’s time to shine it up. First, use a fine sandpaper and sand the epoxy table top using light pressure. The trick is not to go too hard on this step, as you don’t want to remove too much of the surface material.

The goal here is just to get rid of any scratches or other imperfections in the material.

Next, rinse off your work area with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth (or paper towel). Then mix up some more clear coat epoxy and apply it evenly across your project surface using your brush technique from before: one stroke down each side of each seam, then brush over everything else lightly enough so as not to leave drips but hard enough so there are no bare patches left behind when finished brushing out all surfaces.

Let this coat dry overnight before adding another layer of clear coating if desired (and necessary).

Will sanding epoxy scratch it?

You can sand epoxy resin, but be sure to use a low-grit sandpaper or even an emery board. If you have never worked with epoxy resin before, please read our article on how to make a table top with epoxy resin.

In this article we will cover:

How do you smooth an epoxy table top?

Yes, you can, but it will take some work. You’ll need to use one of several tools: a belt sander, a hand sander, an orbital sander, or a palm sander (like the Bosch ROS20VSC or Black & Decker BDEQS2410), or a random orbital sander (like the Makita BO5041K).

Choose whichever tool will be easiest for you to use and set up in your workspace.

Can epoxy be sanded and polished?

If you’re looking to sand and polish epoxy, there are several ways to do it.

  • Sanding with fine grit sandpaper: This method can be done by hand or with the help of a machine.
  • Using a sanding block: You can use a special tool called a sanding block to get rid of any rough spots on your tabletop if there are any. If you don’t have one handy, you could try using something similar like a wooden dowel rod instead!
  • Using a polishing compound: This method involves using an abrasive paste, which will help remove any scratches left behind after using the first two methods above. It also helps reduce glossiness from all those coats of polyurethane – we recommend using this after step 4 above when all is said and done! Once again, this step only needs about 15 minutes’ worth of work before being ready for some shine after each layer dries thoroughly (we recommend letting each layer dry 24 hours before applying another coat).

Can you sand epoxy resin smooth?

Yes, you can sand epoxy resin smooth.

Sand it with a low grit sandpaper and a sanding block. You may need to do this a few times to get the roughness removed from the surface of your epoxy resin before you’re ready for primer or paint. It’s also not a bad idea to vacuum up any dust produced by this process so that you don’t get it on your project later on!

How long should epoxy dry before sanding?

You should wait 24 hours to sand your epoxy resin. The reason is that epoxy needs to be cured for 24 hours before you can do any significant amount of shaping or sanding.

If you try to sand too soon, the epoxy will be soft and will scratch easily. If you wait too long, it will be hard and difficult to sand without scratching the surface of your project or damaging your tools.

How do you make resin shiny after demolding?

There are many ways to make resin shiny after demolding. The most common way is by using a high gloss resin, high gloss clear coat, or high gloss paint. However, you can also use a high gloss gel coat and/or topcoat.

If you want an even shinier shine on your project then consider using a high gloss epoxy resin for your next project!


This post is about when can I sand table top epoxy? We hope that we’ve answered your question and cleared up some confusion about how to smooth an epoxy resin table top. We also want you to know that there are many other posts in our “How To” section to help with the other steps of creating a beautiful table top.

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