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Posted on Epoxy Paint or Colored Sealer for Shop Floor?

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 10:44 PM


I’ve had an epoxy floor paint on my studio floor for 13.5 years without any problems. There are no chips, cracks or peeling areas at all. None, nada, zilch. The key is to properly prepare the surface prior to applying the epoxy and to make sure it has sufficient time to cure. It also helps to apply it onto a clean floor (instead of one that’s been used for a long time, with oil spots, embedded dirt etc).

I followed the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter… Powerwash first, let dry. Acid wash (2x since it was new concrete) and final powerwash. After the floor had fully dried, I applied a thin 50/50 epoxy sealer and let this fully dry, then two intermediate coats (diluted 20% I think) and then two final coats diluted 10%.

I’ve burned rubber on my floor (with a Mercedes-Benz S-500) and the epoxy just laughs if off, but no damage. I’ve spilled every type of solvent and cleaner on it with no problems, even epoxy thinner won’t affect cured epoxy… :-) If you prepare it properly and your concrete slab is cured and clean, you won’t have any problems. I would do it again in a heartbeat, without any reservations whatsoever. Take care and all the best to you and yours!

P.S. I used a regular industrial epoxy floor coating, not the RustOleum product. I found the company in the Yellow Pages under Industrial Coatings.

Steve Russell
The Woodlands, Texas

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