Epoxy floor paints and epoxy floor coatings are the exact same thing. The term “paint” and “coating” are used by manufacturers in order to make their products easier to find. Unfortunately, the use of both phrases have made things extremely confusing for consumers looking for products.
When it comes to epoxy coatings, there are a few things you want to pay attention to:
- The base: There are two types of epoxy coatings, water and solvent based. Water based are the most popular type of epoxy coating, but solvent based are also available. The base of the epoxy coating is not typically directly associated with the performance of the epoxy coating.
- The packaging: Epoxy coatings come either ready to use, or 2-part and need to be mixed. Generally, the active solids in a 2-part epoxy are higher than ready-to-use epoxies. 2-part epoxy coatings create a harder coating, perform better, and last longer.
Best Epoxy Floor Coatings
Armor Epoxy Coating: Water based 2-part epoxy primer and top coat in one. Will reduce moisture in concrete, and protect the concrete surface against staining and deterioration caused by surface abrasion. A higher solids version is available for consumers that need more moisture protection, or want to apply the epoxy in a color.
Sherwin Williams Epoxy Coating: Ready to apply residential grade epoxy coating for concrete floors.
Rust-Oleum Epoxy Coating: Ready to apply residential grade epoxy coating for concrete floors.
Laticrete Epoxy: 2 part epoxy primer and top coat in one. Will reduce moisture in concrete and protect the concrete surface against staining and deterioration.
Applying an Epoxy Floor Coating
The number one cause of coating failure is floor preparation. While different epoxy coatings have different requirements, most epoxy coatings require the following:
- A clean and dry concrete surface that is free of paints, sealers, and other coatings.
- A concrete floor that has been acid etched or ground to coating specs. Epoxy coatings can’t bond to smooth or trowel finished concrete. Applying an epoxy coating to concrete that hasn’t been acid etched or ground can result in peeling, delamination, or coating failure.
- A moisture test should be conducted to make sure the epoxy falls into the suggested guidelines. Some epoxies can only be applied to concrete with little to no moisture, while other epoxy coatings can be applied to concrete with as much as 24 LBS of moisture.