Epoxy resin tops are a great choice for a kitchen countertop. They’re durable, they look great and they can withstand some tough use.
However, if you have an epoxy resin countertop and you’re looking to dull it down a bit in order to match your other appliances or cabinet colors, you’ll need to know how to accomplish this feat.
There are many ways that this can be done depending on the type of epoxy that’s used on your particular surface
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How do you dull down epoxy?
The first thing to do is to remove any existing wax or polish from the epoxy. There are several ways you can do this:
- Use fine grit sandpaper. Sand your countertops using a sanding block and/or wet-dry sandpaper, depending on how much shine you want to remove.
- Use a belt sander. This will take off the most shine and make your countertop look duller, but it may also damage the surface of your countertop if you’re not careful.
- Use an electric power sander with coarse grit paper attached; these are great for removing lots of shine quickly without damaging the surface of your epoxy!
Can you sand down epoxy countertop?
Yes, you can. Epoxy is a very hard material and it will take a lot of work to sand it down. I recommend using 120-180 grit sandpaper and sanding in the direction of the grain, not against it.
If you have a lot of epoxies to remove, you can also try using an orbital sander on each area that needs more attention before finishing off with hand sanding.
How do you resurface epoxy countertops?
If you’re looking to remove the shine from your epoxy countertops, here are your options:
- Sanding sponge. This is a great choice if you want to keep the original texture of your countertops intact. Use a sanding sponge and an orbital sander to remove any shine on top of the epoxy.
- Buffer. If you want a more matte look, try buffing out some of the shine with an electric buffer or hand polisher. This method works best if you don’t want all of your shiny areas rubbed away completely since it takes more time than sanding does.
- Polishing compound and electric drill (or orbital sander). You can use this method to strip off any remaining glaze from smooth surfaces by rubbing them with a fine-grit polishing compound and then going over them again with an orbital sander until all traces have disappeared—but be careful not to get carried away!
How do you restore epoxy resin countertops?
These steps will help you restore your epoxy resin countertops to like-new conditions.
- Use a Scotch-Brite pad
Use the scotch-Brite pad to remove scratches and blemishes from the surface of your countertop.
Start by applying pressure in one direction and then move back and forth in a circular motion until all of the scratches are gone from the surface.
You can use this method on any type of countertop, but it’s best for removing stains or grease spots that have been embedded into your epoxy resin counters over time.
It also works well when trying to remove water spots on any kind of material because it removes them without damaging sensitive surfaces like stone or wood laminate flooring underlayment; however, if these types of floors exist under your epoxy resin counters, consider using another method instead (see below).
How can I make my epoxy countertop less shiny?
You can use a dulling agent to make your countertop less shiny. A dulling agent is a product that will dull down the shine of your countertop, making it look like glass instead of plastic. Some examples of products that you can use are:
- Wet Diamond – This comes in many different forms, including an oil-based spray or silicone-based spray. I prefer using oil-based products because they don’t leave streaks on the surface and they last longer than silicone-based sprays. You should apply this product after completing all steps in these instructions (i.e., cleaning your surfaces with alcohol and letting them dry) but before applying any epoxy resin-based products such as [Epoxy Resin Sealer].
Does sanding epoxy make it dull?
As you can see, sanding down epoxy countertops is a bit different than sanding wood. You want to use fine grit sandpaper and a circular motion to get an even finish.
A sanding block can help in this endeavor, but you can also do the job with your hands by using the backside of your hand as the guide for where you apply pressure as you move in circles over the surface of the countertop.
If you’ve ever used drywall compound (also called joint compound) before, then this should sound familiar: when working with epoxy, it’s important not to go too far down into it—if you do so, it’ll be difficult (or impossible) to get back out cleanly without damaging your coating surface.
Can you file down epoxy resin?
You can file down epoxy resin, but it requires a bit of finesse.
- Use a diamond-tipped tool, like the one shown in the photo above. You can use any small handheld file or even a piece of sandpaper wrapped around your finger. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s really sharp! If you’re using sandpaper, make sure to wear gloves and keep your hands away from your face while filing—the dust will stick to anything (and everything) that it comes in contact with.
- Start with a coarse grit: 150 or higher is good for large surfaces; 60 or 80 works well for smaller areas (like countertops). The finer the grit number, the smoother and shinier your final product will be.
- File lightly! It takes only one pass across an area before you’ll see results. Do not press down on the surface as you’re working because this could cause scratches in addition to removing material more quickly than necessary—and we definitely want to avoid that! If dust continues accumulating on top of what’s already there when filing doesn’t seem to help much anymore (which happens easily), then stop immediately so as not leave gouges where they weren’t intended before starting again later when cleaned off completely new surfaces become available again!
Can epoxy resin be sanded and polished?
Epoxy resin countertops can be sanded and polished. The more tedious the task, the more time you’ll spend sanding and polishing it.
For example, if your countertop is particularly dull and has a heavy build-up of oil, grime, etc., then you may need to use a belt sander with some sort of buffing compound to smooth out any noticeable imperfections on your surface.
This requires quite a bit of elbow grease (and time) to complete!
On the other hand, if you have an already shiny epoxy resin countertop that’s just looking for some quick cleaning up or touch-ups here or there—you can do this with a simple hand sander!
Now that you’ve read this article, you should have a better understanding of how to hone epoxy countertops.
If your countertop is still shiny and new, we recommend trying some different abrasive pads or a sanding block first before moving on to more drastic measures like filing down or even resurfacing.
If the epoxy on your kitchen or bathroom vanity is already dulled down by years of wear and tear however then there are several other ways in which it can be restored back to its original shine!