how to buff scratches out of epoxy?

Are you trying to buff scratches out of epoxy? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

I did a lot of research and came up with two methods that can help save your floors.

Can you buff scratches out of epoxy resin?

Yes, it is possible to buff scratches out of epoxy resin. It requires some elbow grease, but with the right tools and materials starting with the right epoxy resin you can restore your surface to its original glassy-smooth and shiny appearance. If you want your project to last for a long time, this is a step you definitely don’t want to skip.

Can you get scratches out of resin?

Yes, you can buff scratches out of epoxy. But you need to do it the right way, or else you could damage your work permanently.

Since epoxy is so delicate, it’s essential that you take your time and use the proper tools for the job. It’s also a good idea to do a test run on a separate piece before attempting to buff out scratches on an important piece of work.

The first step is to sand away any bumps in your resin. If there are raised spots around the scratch, they will prevent your polishing pad from getting into all of the nooks and crannies and making full contact with all areas of the scratch.

Be careful not to over-sand all you’re trying to do is even things out so that there aren’t any obvious edges or protrusions blocking your path later down the line.

Use very fine grit sandpaper (1000 grit or higher) with light pressure and plenty of freshwaters so as not to damage your resin with too much heat build-up during this process.

Start at a lower grit setting if necessary, but be sure not to start off with anything less than 400 grit anything coarser will leave lines behind in its wake!

Once you have removed any protrusions around the scratch, use a foam polishing pad (the kind used for car detailing) attached to a cordless drill at low speed (1-2 RPM).

Soak it in water first and apply it in small circles on top of the affected area, gently increasing pressure as needed until desired finish is achieved!

How do you buff out resin?

A quick google reveals that there are 7 ways to buff resin, and we’re going to list them from easiest to hardest:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Polishing compound
  • Heat gun
  • Drill and buffing wheel
  • Buffing pad (a little bit harder than a microfiber cloth) 6. Buffing wheel attachment for a power drill 7. Power drill with a buffing wheel attachment

Can you polish resin with toothpaste?

I wouldn’t use toothpaste to polish a scratched surface. Toothpaste is abrasive and you only need a small amount of that to buff scratches out of epoxy resin. I’d stick with car wax or boat wax.

But if you do want to try toothpaste, here’s what you need to know:

  • You will need a non-gel toothpaste for polishing resin.
  • You will want to steer clear of any kinds of toothpaste that contain bleach, as these can discolor your piece. Go for plain white or off-white instead.
  • You will also want to use a soft cloth, like an old t-shirt or microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses, rather than something with tough fibers like sandpaper (although yes, you can also polish out scratches using sandpaper). Use gentle circular motions when buffing the paste into the resin surface so that you don’t cause more damage than necessary.

Will epoxy cover scratches?

  • Epoxy resin will cover scratches from your countertops, but it won’t hide them completely.
  • You can use sandpaper to buff out scratches before applying epoxy resin, but this will require a lot of work.

How do you fix epoxy dimples?

Step 1: Sand the epoxy surface with low grit sandpaper, such as 220 grit.

Your goal is to remove the dimples (or other imperfections) from the epoxy surface by removing a thin layer of resin. Be careful not to remove so much epoxy that you create an uneven surface. You can prevent this by only sanding in a circular motion and only sanding the area where there is an imperfection.

Step 2: After you have removed all of the imperfections from your epoxy surface, wipe it down with a tack cloth to make sure that you removed any dust or debris from the sanding process.

Step 3: Use a lint-free cloth and denatured alcohol to clean residue off of your epoxy before applying additional coatings or varnishes.

How do you polish resin after sanding?

To polish resin after sanding, you’ll need:

  • 240 grit sandpaper (or higher)
  • a buffing wheel and motor (or a flexible shaft)
  • polishing compound

First, use the 240 grit sandpaper to rub the surface of your resin. This step is usually enough to remove small scratches. As a next step, you can use progressively higher grits of sandpaper to buff the surface out even more.

After that’s done, attach some cloth or felt onto your buffing wheel and apply polishing compound to it. Buff the surface of your piece until it looks shiny and smooth again!

How do you get blemishes out of epoxy?

There are a wide variety of ways to get rid of the blemishes in your epoxy.

  • Buffing and polishing with a buffing wheel
  • Sanding
  • Tinting, but that only works if you have extra resin on hand and if the blemish is small enough
  • Using a heat gun – might be the easiest way to remove small, surface level blemishes
  • Using a resin mender – only if it’s a minor scratch or nicks from a knife that is very shallow in depth
  • Using an epoxy resin remover – is probably the most expensive and least ideal way to get rid of scratches, but it will work in emergencies

How do you get scuff marks off epoxy floors?

First, use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the floor. Next, use a mop or cloth to rinse the floor with water.

A cleaning agent can then be added as needed. Use a squeegee or rake to remove excess water after the floor has been rinsed and dried with a clean cloth.


Polishing epoxy is easy. All you need are a few tools and some supplies to make your own handyman kit. You can find buffing bits at any hardware store, and the prices of epoxy fillers vary depending on what kind it is.

To remove scratches from your epoxy surface, you’ll need to use a drill and a buffing bit. The first step is putting the bit in place, which involves screwing it into place with four bolts that have holes drilled through them for this purpose (see Figure 1).

The second step is applying pressure to the bit while spinning the drill slowly at about 800 RPMs (or revolutions per minute). This will allow you to get rid of any scratches without causing damage to your epoxy surface!

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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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