Skip to Content

How To Get a Matte Finish on Epoxy

In this tutorial, learn how to get a matte finish on epoxy. Also, I show you how to easily sand and refinish any epoxy surface.

In fact, I use this technique to control epoxy sheen levels to get a satin, eggshell, semi gloss, or matte finish on all my epoxy projects.

I included a FREE resin calculator at the end of this post, so download a copy before you go.
So, let’s get started with a list of things I used for this project

Tools I Used

How To Get Matte Finish on Epoxy

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!

Sand Epoxy

First, I use a specific epoxy sanding technique to get a matte resin finish.
I sand the surface with 120, 150, 180, 220, and 320 grit sandpaper.

Also, I use a specific sander and dust extractor to sand epoxy resin.
The dust extractor attaches to my sander reduces resin dust and eliminates build-up.
Obviously, resin build-up while sanding creates burn marks on the epoxy surface.

In order to get a matte finish on epoxy, I use my Festool RO125 in rotex mode and a soft sanding pad.

soft sanding pad Festool RO125
sanding epoxy with Festool RO125

Next, I sand across the surface with 1 or 2 passes and remove the resin build up on the sandpaper with an air compressor.
Also, I overlap each pass with the previous pass by a few inches to prevent sanding lines.

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

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

sand epoxy for matte finish

DIY Epoxy Final Sanding

I repeat this step for each sandpaper grit.

sand epoxy for matte finish

How to Finish Epoxy Resin

Sanding and finishing epoxy resin properly are the most important aspects of this project.
After all, the point of writing this tutorial is to teach you how to get a matte finish on epoxy and wood.

Of the 4 epoxy wood finishes, I use Odie’s Oil when I want a matte resin finish.
More importantly, the final sanding grit determines the sheen level of Odie’s Oil.

Since I want to achieve a matte finish on this epoxy table, my final sanding grit was 320 grit.
I find any grit under 400 leaves a low sheen (flat or matte).

How To Get Matte Finish on Epoxy

Clean Surface

To clean the surface after sanding, I use a damp cloth.
Then, I verify no sanding swirls or pigtails exist on the epoxy.

Apply Odie’s Oil Finish

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

I allowed the Odie’s Oil to sit 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, I wiped the epoxy surface with a terry towel.

Apply Odie's Oil to Epoxy

Next, I used my festool felt pad to remove the remaining oil.
The felt pad really helps bring the surface to life.

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

Matte Epoxy Finish

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
epoxy wood matte finish

Conclusion

The combination of sanding with the correct sandpaper grit and using Odie’s Oil finish makes it possible to achieve an epoxy matte finish.
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.

Free Resin Calculator

Complete the form below and I’ll send you a FREE resin calculator for your next project.