How do you restore epoxy resin countertops?

Epoxy resin countertops are durable and look professional when they’re finished, but they also require a lot of time, effort, and money to create.

So, it’s understandable that you’d be concerned about refinishing them if they get damaged over time. In this article, we’ll discuss how to recoat epoxy countertops in case your top layer gets scratched or damaged.

We’ll also consider other options for fixing the problem so you can get back to enjoying your beautiful new countertop!

How do I get my epoxy countertops to shine again?

  • Use a cleaner and polish.
  • Follow the directions on your specific cleaner and polish, but generally speaking, you’ll want to use a cloth or sponge that’s very soft—like a microfiber cloth—to gently clean your countertops before applying the polish. (Microfiber is ideal because it won’t scratch the surface.)
  • Apply a small amount of gel-based polish with an applicator pad, then buff in one direction across the entire surface until all residues have been removed from each area, including those around edges and corners where residue can accumulate easily if not addressed regularly; this may take several passes depending on how dirty your epoxy is in these areas
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 until there are no visible streaks or smudges left behind when using light pressure as you buff along with smooth motions over each section

How do you recoat an epoxy countertop?

  • Mix the two parts of epoxy resin in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Apply the mixture to your countertop with a roller or paintbrush, depending on what tool you are most comfortable using and what type of finish you want for your countertops (smooth, textured, etc.). Make sure that all areas have an even coating of epoxy resin and allow it to cure for 24 hours before using them as normal surfaces again.
  • Remove any stains or spills by wiping gently with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol onto a rag; do not use water or vinegar as this can cause premature curing which leads to cracking later on down the road!

Can you refinish epoxy resin?

They can! You may think that your epoxy countertop is ruined, but there are ways to restore it.

  • Use a grinder to remove old epoxy. This is the most abrasive method and isn’t always necessary, but if you want quick results or have a large area to start with, this is the best option. Just take care not to scratch the surface of your countertop while you’re grinding away at it because that could lead to further damage down the line. Sandpaper works well for this method too—just use caution when moving across any existing scratches in order for them not to become more prominent after removal.
  • Use chemical strippers on top of an old coat of epoxy resin (or directly onto bare wood). Some chemicals such as TSP-PF will dissolve all kinds of finishes including paint and varnish—but not necessarily epoxy resin itself! If you’re lucky enough for this type of chemical stripper to work on top of an old coat before attacking fresh epoxy adhesive (which is generally more resilient), then go ahead and give those chemicals some time; they might just do their job without much effort from yourself!
  • Heat up some old-school microwave popcorn bags inside out using heat guns until they’re fairly hot (but don’t burn yourself!). The heat makes them expand like balloons so that they pop open when touched by something solid like a spoon held against them

How do you restore epoxy resin?

First, you’ll want to make sure your surface is clean.

  • Use a good quality epoxy. If you have an older countertop and it doesn’t look great, this may be the best time to replace it with new countertops (or just refinish them).
  • Clean the surface thoroughly with a mild detergent and water. This will remove any dirt or grime that could prevent your epoxy from adhering properly.

Next, sand off any rough bits of old paint with 120-grit sandpaper until your countertop has a smooth finish (the primer will help fill any minor imperfections).

Then prime the surface with an oil-based primer before putting on another layer of epoxy paint or finish over top of that; if there are any deep scratches or scrapes caused by years of hot pans hitting against them then fill them in first before applying any sealers/primers/paints!

What can I use to polish epoxy?

There are several ways you can remove the scratches and restore your countertops to their former glory. Use a buffing pad on a drill to polish away imperfections, or use a power buffer with a polishing compound if you don’t have access to electricity.

If you do have access, though, get yourself a buffing wheel (or use one you already own) and buff away until your counters look brand new.

Finally, don’t forget to use some sort of protective layer over the finished product—if not, it’s going to wear off quickly!

How do you polish epoxy resin at home?

  • Use a Scotch Brite pad.
  • Polish with a polishing compound.
  • Buff with a buffing wheel.
  • Drill in small, circular motions to polish the epoxy resin countertops with ease!

Once you’ve finished polishing and buffing your epoxy resin countertops, you can use a buffer with a polishing pad to get an extra bright finish on your newly restored countertop!

Can you refinish epoxy countertops?

In order to restore an epoxy countertop, you need to first use a commercial-grade epoxy resin with hardener, catalyst, and filler.

Epoxy resins come in two different viscosities: thick and thin. Choose the thick version for this project so that it will be easy to mix together and apply.

There are many different types of epoxy hardeners available at your local hardware store but only a few types of catalysts.

For this project, we recommend using an activator or catalyst that comes in liquid form because it’s easier to measure out than powder catalysts like 401 or 402 which are often used for small projects like repairing cracks in concrete floors or filling holes in drywall walls before painting them white again!

Can you pour epoxy over cured epoxy?

Yes, you can pour epoxy over cured epoxy. Epoxy is a two-part system that contains resin and hardener. The resin is the hardening agent; when it’s mixed with the hardener, it creates a chemical reaction that produces an extremely strong bond between the two surfaces.

This means they’re suitable for use as floor coatings and countertops alike—and if you need more than one layer of protection or to fix blemishes in your existing coating, then yes: pouring epoxy over cured epoxy will work just fine!


Thanks for visiting our blog and learning more about what epoxy countertops are, how to maintain them, and how to repair them. We hope you get a chance to try some of these tips yourself soon!

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