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How To Get an Epoxy Matte Finish

In this tutorial, learn how to get a matte finish on epoxy. Also, I show you how to achieve various sheen levels on an epoxy resin surface.

In fact, I use these simple steps to get a satin finish or glossy finish on epoxy projects for my clients all over the world.

At the end of this tutorial, I included a FREE resin calculator for you to download.

So, let’s get started with a list of things I used for this project

Tools Used

Rotex Sander
Soft Sanding Pad
HEPA Dust Extractor
120 grit Sandpaper
150 grit Sandpaper
180 grit Sandpaper
220 grit Sandpaper
320 grit Sandpaper
Felt Buffing Pad
Applicator Pad for Oil
Odie’s Oil
How To Get Matte Finish on Epoxy

Matte Epoxy Finish Video Tutorial

There are several things which are difficult to fully explain with words and images, so be sure to check out the video tutorial below!

Make Epoxy Resin Less Shiny

By default, a top coat of clear epoxy resin cures to a glossy finish.
To my knowledge, there is no matte finish epoxy available for purchase.

During the epoxy resin river table popularity explosion, the natural matte finish for wood also became popular.
As a result, craftsman created techniques to make epoxy resin less shiny to match the matte look of the wood.

epoxy wood matte finish

How To Give Epoxy a Matte Finish

The proper sanding technique, sandpaper grit, and epoxy wood finish make it possible to achieve semi-gloss, satin, or matte finishes on epoxy resin.

Sanding Epoxy Resin

First, the proper epoxy sanding technique, sandpaper grit sequence, and sander are vital to achieving various epoxy sheen levels.

Best Sander for Epoxy Resin

To sand epoxy resin, I use a Festool RO125 in rotex mode with a soft sanding pad.

In rotex mode, the sanding pad moves in a circular motion.
Furthermore, random orbit mode vibrates too much which causes swirl marks.

sanding epoxy with Festool RO125

To sand epoxy resin, I use a Festool RO125 in rotex mode with a soft sanding pad.

soft sanding pad Festool RO125

Also, I use a dust extractor attached to my sander to reduce resin dust from building up.
Obviously, resin build-up while sanding creates burn marks on the epoxy surface.

Epoxy Resin Sanding Technique

As a quick tip, dry sanding produces the same results as wet sanding with the right tools.

Please note, repeat the following technique with these sandpaper grits: 120, 150, 180, 220.
First, sand across the surface with 1 or 2 passes.

Refinish Epoxy Surface

Remove the resin build up on the sandpaper with an air compressor.

sanding epoxy tip

Also, overlap each pass with the previous pass by a few inches to prevent sanding lines.

epoxy sanding technique
How to Refinish Epoxy for Matte Sheen
sand epoxy for matte finish

Next, sand the epoxy surface in the opposite direction (with the grain or the longer direction).

sand epoxy for matte finish

As mentioned, repeat this step for each sandpaper grit.

sand epoxy for matte finish

Clean Surface

Remember, use a damp cloth to wipe the service after each sanding grit.

How to Get a Matte Finish on Epoxy

Sanding Epoxy for Matte Finish

Ultimately, the last sanding grit used determines the epoxy sheen level.
Since 220 grit produces an epoxy matte finish, stop here and proceed to the next step.

For a glossy finish, 320-3000 grit sandpaper will produce a very high sheen.

How To Get Matte Finish on Epoxy

Apply Odie’s Oil on Epoxy River Table

Of my 4 epoxy wood finishes I use most, Odie’s Oil works really well.

After I cleaned the surface, I applied Odie’s Oil to the epoxy resin and wood surface.
First, I stirred Odie’s Oil until the consistency resembled honey.

apply odies oil on epoxy

Next, I saturated a non-woven applicator pad with Odie’s Oil.

apply odies oil on epoxy

Then, I worked the oil into the surface.

apply odies oil on epoxy
apply odies oil on epoxy
apply odies oil on epoxy

Allow the oil to set for about an hour and performed the fingerprint test.
Essentially, the oil is ready when I leave a mark across the surface after wiping my finger across it.

fingerprint test odies oil

Remove and Buff Odie’s Oil

To remove the excess Odie’s Oil, use a terry towel or felt pad to remove the excess oil.
The felt pad really helps bring the surface to life.

Apply Odie's Oil to Epoxy

Obviously, this sander’s versatility make it worth it’s weight in gold.

Buff Odies Oil
Buff Epoxy with Festool RO125
Buff Odies Oil with Festool RO125

Epoxy Matte Finish for Wood

As you can see, this epoxy ocean art proves a matte finish on epoxy looks great.

matte finish on epoxy ocean art
matte finish on epoxy ocean art


With the proper sanding technique, an epoxy matte finish is possible on any surface.
Additionally, this technique works to get a satin epoxy finish as well.

Please leave a comment down below if you have questions or tips on how to get a matte finish on epoxy.

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