How do you apply clear coat over epoxy?

Clear coat is used over the epoxy curing process to lay down a protective finish. 

Clear coat is usually done 48 hours after the epoxy curing process to allow it dry properly. 

This post is going to explain how to apply a clear coat over epoxy pieces with ease.

Can you put a clear coat over epoxy?

If you’re using an epoxy floor coating, you’ll need to seal it after it’s dried for 24 hours, using a clear urethane or epoxy finish. This will protect the surface of your garage and give your garage floor that sleek high-gloss look. An epoxy topcoat can be applied on top of the cured epoxy to provide a gloss finish.

When can I apply clear coat after epoxy?

You can apply the clear coat after 48 hours. If you are spraying, we recommend at least 72 hours to ensure the proper curing of your epoxy coating. For best results, we recommend always scuffing before applying clearcoat. Any painter’s tape should be removed prior to application of clear coat over epoxy.

In addition, yes you can apply a clear coat over epoxy but there is no need! Epoxy needs a top coat if used in garages and other areas where the epoxy will be in contact with cars or vehicles due to the oils and fluids (brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc) that could potentially eat away at the epoxy and cause it to fail prematurely. In this case, we recommend using our solvent-based polyurethane for a long-lasting finish that stands up to chemicals & UV rays from sunlight.

What can I use to clear coat epoxy?

You can clear coat epoxy with a few different products. The most common are clear coat spray paint, polyurethane, and acrylic sealer.

To make the right decision you need to know how each applies, how they look, and their respective durability on an epoxy surface.

While you can use a clear coat of spray paint or varnish to protect your epoxy coating from damage and wear and tear, these products do not come without some drawbacks.

If you’re using an epoxy resin for a tabletop, a finished product that will be used for more than decoration, we recommend using an alternative coating that is more durable than spray paint or varnish.

The best way to protect your countertops is with a polyacrylic sealer like Seal Coat! Seal Coat is self-leveling and easy to apply, meaning you’ll get even coverage over your entire surface every time.

It dries in 8 hours (24 hours when thick) so there’s no long wait time before working on your project again.

And it’s tough stuff: Seal Coat is resistant to water damage such as staining and yellowing and has fewer volatile compounds than other products making it safer for homes with children or pets present during application!

So whether it’s sealing up that new bar top or working on another DIY project around the house – we think Seal Coat should be your go-to product when preparing those wood surfaces!

How do you top coat epoxy?

There are several different methods for clear coating epoxy: spray can, roller, brush, and spray gun. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks and often the choice comes down to personal preference.

Spray can

The easiest and most affordable option is using a spray can of clear coat. The biggest drawback is the finish will have a somewhat rough texture to it (similar to orange peel).

You’ll also probably need multiple coats to get good coverage. On the upside, there is little or no cleanup required. This method works well if you want a quick finish but don’t mind less than perfect results.


This approach requires more work than other methods but produces better results. If you want a smooth surface with high quality results this may be your best bet.

Be sure that you have all your brushes cleaned before use so that they don’t leave any lint behind on your beautiful project in order to get better results.


Similar to brushing on the clear coat but with an added benefit—it takes considerably less time than brushing which means less risk of getting dust particles in your finish while you’re working on it (the longer you take applying the finishing coat, the greater chance debris will find its way into your finish).

Keep in mind though this method does require some additional cleanup once finished because rollers tend not to be reusable without extensive cleaning or replacing after each session with them being used for painting applications as well as epoxy top coating purposes which would make sense why there would need some extra work involved after their initial usage period ends up coming out to his way when everything is said done!

Can I spray lacquer over epoxy?

Yes, you can. In fact, there are many clear coats that can be used on top of epoxy resin. However, not all clear coats or finishes will work! You need to use a clear coat specifically made for epoxy.

Clear coats can be applied over epoxy only after the epoxy has cured. Most of these products require the surface temperature to be at least sixty degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity to be below 80 percent for best results.

Once your epoxy is cured and the conditions are right, it’s time to apply a clear coat finish!

You have a few options here: polyurethane, lacquer, polyester and varnish are all great choices when it comes to applying a clear coat over your epoxy resin project. These products come in liquid form and must be mixed with hardeners/activators before they cure into solid plastic like resin does. Most of these products start curing as soon as they come into contact with air; so make sure you have everything ready before you begin mixing your product!

Once mixed, you’ll have roughly 30 minutes (give or take depending on temperature) to apply it using either a brush or roller (spray applications are also possible under certain circumstances).

You should plan on doing two-three coats per application session because most clear coats do not dry fast enough so if you wait too long between each layer then everything will get gummy!

We recommend allowing at least 24 hours between each session when applying multiple layers over an extended period of time – this ensures proper drying time which helps prevent any future issues with cracking/peeling off down the road

Does epoxy need a top coat?

Epoxy is the ideal base for paint. Since the fiberglass face and epoxy are one unit, there are no seams or delaminations between layers that can be penetrated by moisture or solvents.

Additionally, a properly prepared fiberglass surface will fill sanding scratches as you apply it, resulting in a perfectly smooth finish primed and ready to go.

The main purpose of a top coat is to provide protection from UV rays and abrasion as well as improve appearance.

There are many types of top coats available depending on your needs: clear high gloss for that “wet look”, matte for understated elegance, satin for high traffic areas like countertops and table tops, etc…

Each has its own unique characteristics in terms of appearance and durability so check with your supplier before making a selection.

Can you do epoxy over epoxy?

Epoxy primer can be applied over epoxy primer. Epoxy primers are chemically designed to stick to epoxy paint and should work just fine in this situation.

However, keep in mind that if your vehicle is old enough to have an existing coat of epoxy paint, the old paint may not be as durable as it once was and you will likely need to sand before applying a new coat.

If you’re using our kit, we recommend applying two coats of epoxy primer over your epoxy basecoat or other epoxy product.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paint gun
  • Sandpaper (80 grit)
  • Respirator mask
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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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