How Can I Make My Epoxy Shiny Again?

Why is my epoxy not shiny?

Cloudy or dull epoxy is typically caused by excessive moisture.

Specifically, moisture from excessive humidity in the area where the epoxy was applied or excessive moisture in/on the concrete application surface.

Be sure to eliminate all water before applying epoxy.

Never apply epoxy when relative humidity is over 75%.

Can you use toothpaste to polish resin?

Using the sponge pad of your polish machine, polish the epoxy with the toothpaste. Make sure that you don’t apply too much pressure or the epoxy might burn. Let the pad gently touch the epoxy while spinning. When you run out of toothpaste, apply it again and spray it with some water!

Why is my epoxy cloudy after sanding?

You’ll need to use a clear film-forming finish to achieve the look you’re going for. Even sanding to a high grit, the epoxy will still appear cloudy. Since Danish oil gets wiped off, that won’t work. If you wipe or brush on some poly, the epoxy will instantly become clear.

How do you fix epoxy mistakes?

An uneven hardening of your epoxy resin can lead to dull, or even tacky spots. To fix an uneven epoxy finish, wait until the epoxy has dried thoroughly, and then sand it lightly with fine-grained wet sandpaper. After this, make sure to wipe down the surface, so it is entirely free of any sanding dust and other debris.

Can I use toothpaste as polishing compound?

If you have a deeper scratch that toothpaste alone won’t fix, you can fill the scratch with touch-up paint and then use toothpaste to polish it.

Can I use Vaseline as a release agent?

Petroleum jelly is a suitable mold release agent best suited for simple molds without fine details. The jelly thins when applied by hand, coating the mold material. If used on highly detailed molds, the petroleum jelly may be as thick as some of the fine details, resulting in lost details on your finished resin object.

What can I use to polish epoxy?

Gather the tools and materials below to polish your resin part:sand paper 120, 180, 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000 grit.sanding block.water.scratch remover compound.polishing compound.lint free, scratch free polishing cloth.mothers polishing ball.buffing wheel.More items…

What is the best polish for epoxy resin?

TOPFINISH 2 is a fine finish polishing compound developed specifically for tough plastics like epoxy resin. The super fine nano-particle formulation can be used to achieve even higher levels of gloss on polished epoxy resin surfaces or be used to restore gloss to scratched or well-used surfaces.

Should I sand between epoxy coats?

Once epoxy has cured, it is non-porous. This gives the second layer of epoxy nothing to bond with. By sanding the epoxy between layers, you are ensuring that each layer of epoxy bonds properly with previous layers. This bond makes the epoxy last much longer.

How long should epoxy dry before sanding?

48 hoursTip: The epoxy resin must be really dry before sanding. You should therefore allow a waiting period of at least 48 hours before processing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as there are resins that take even longer to harden completely.

How do you fix cloudy epoxy?

Surface resin cloudinessRecoat with a layer of doming resin. Use the resin like a glaze. Brush it over the surface of your cloudy resin and allow it to cure.Apply a couple of light layers of resin gloss sealer spray. This method is the best choice for resin charms that have a lot of grooves and irregular surfaces.

What is the easiest way to polish resin?

Wet sand the resin with 400 grit sandpaper to remove any scratches. Spray some water on your resin piece or dip it in water to get it wet before smoothing it out with the sandpaper. Sand the entire surface of the resin 2-3 times before moving on to the next step.