Do you need to sand epoxy table top?

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Do you sand table top epoxy?

The answer is yes, you need to sand your epoxy table top. In fact, if you don’t sand it, the finish will be very rough and uneven.

You can get away with skipping this step if you plan on using a clear epoxy or another protective coating on the top of your finished table. If that sounds like what you want, read more about applying clear epoxy here: How To Apply Clear Epoxy To Your Table Top.

Does epoxy resin have to be sanded?

Epoxy resin, like other types of epoxies, is a two-part liquid that hardens to form a solid gel. You can use it to make furniture and other items.

However, if you want to refinish an existing piece of furniture or build something new with epoxy resin, you may need to sand it before or after the curing process.

The type of sandpaper used depends on whether or not you want a smooth finish on your project. If you want a smooth surface after curing the epoxy resin then you should use fine sandpaper (220 grit). If you don’t care about having a glossy finish then coarse sandpaper (80 grit) will suffice for removing any rough edges from the cured product

Do you have to sand epoxy before polishing?

No, you don’t have to sand epoxy before polishing.

Epoxy sets up in about 24 hours and is ready for sanding after that time period. You can start your sanding process immediately after the epoxy has been set up, but make sure you wear a mask and gloves when sanding because the dust from this type of material is very fine and will float around your home for days afterward.

Sanding should be done in circular motions with either a palm sander or fine-grit paper (at least 80 grit). If you do not have access to a palm sander, then just use regular sandpaper instead. Use big grain paper first, then progress down through finer grits until you reach 220 grit (superfine).

How do you smooth an epoxy table top?

Before you apply epoxy to a table, it needs to be sanded. This will ensure that the surface is smooth and free of any imperfections. When you’re done sanding and cleaning, you can use an epoxy coating to protect your table top from water damage or other elements.

You can use sandpaper to smooth out the surface of your table before applying epoxy, but this is usually not necessary if your table is already smooth enough for contact cement (the type of adhesive used in most DIY projects).

If you choose not to use sandpaper and instead just apply contact cement directly over existing paint or varnish, then some rough spots may remain after curing—and these can cause problems when applying coatings later on because they’ll leave marks behind when rubbed by rag cloths while wiping down excess glue during application process

Should you sand between coats of epoxy?

You should sand the epoxy between coats to remove imperfections or bubbles in the finish. I would recommend using 400 grit sandpaper for this step unless you have an imperfection that needs to be removed. For example, if you have a small scratch on your table top that was caused by having a sharp object on it before applying the first coat of epoxy, then you’ll want to sand it out so it’s not visible in subsequent coats.

Because each coat dries more quickly than the last one, you’ll need to apply more pressure when sanding between coats than if you were just starting out with fresh epoxy.

How do you make epoxy clear after sanding?

Once you’ve sanded, you can use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots and make the top clear again. Just start sanding until it looks like glass!

How long does epoxy have to cure before sanding?

You should wait at least 24 hours before sanding your epoxy top. The recommended curing time is 72 hours, but it can take up to 10 days for epoxy to fully cure. Once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time, sanding your table is a simple matter.

How do you smooth out epoxy resin?

Epoxy resin can be smoothed with some tools and techniques. They include sanding, buffing and polishing.


This article has given you a detailed explanation of what to expect when sanding epoxy table tops. If you are planning on refinishing your own table, then this is a good guide. However, if you are looking for something more in-depth or have any questions about our process, please feel free to contact us at any time!

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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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