EPOXY FLOOR PAINT
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Too many Internet sellers of epoxy resin floor paint products for garage, basement, or walkway surfaces keep their potential customers in the dark about alternative options, different kinds of epoxies, and possible problems. Two part epoxy paint products are NOT like enamel floor paint you can buy at the local hardware store. Educate yourself before you spend your money.
#1) There are water based floor epoxies, solvent based systems, and solvent free epoxy floor coatings. There are good and bad things about each. Do you know which is best for you?
#2) Do you know that epoxies are not color stable and will yellow over time and especially in direct sunlight? If color stability is important to you, you will probably need to use both epoxy and some other type of paint/coating. Do you know what your non epoxy topcoat options are?
#3) Some epoxy products require you to mix the two part epoxy and then let it sit in the container for a certain amount of time. Is this a good thing or a red flag?
#4) Many people like the "paint chip" look often seen in garage floor epoxy paint systems. Are you aware that there are several methods and several different epoxy/non epoxy combination of products to achieving this look? Just sprinkling the chips upon the surface of the wet pigmented floor epoxy is the least professional, least commercial way to achieve that look.
#5) With products like epoxy resins and seamless floor products there are product data sheets and legally required Material Data Safety Sheets associated with them. These documents contain real information and get you past the marketing hype found in the bulk of the vendor's site. After viewing an epoxy vendor's site, you should be easily able to access the data and msds information. Companies that don't make these available to you may be hiding something or else don't want you to have enough real information to compare their product to their competitor's products.
#6) We recommend you call or email the company you are planning to purchase from. It can be a simple question like, "When will the order ship?" or "Why did the chicken cross the road?" If the don't reply back in a timely fashion before they have your money, the certainly will not reply to you after the sale! Buying online from out of state companies has more risk than buying at your local hardware store - you do have legal options but they don't come cheap!
#7) If you have experienced "hot tire pickup' - places where the epoxy lifts off under where your tires sit, or just peels off in sheets. Is this 'bad epoxy paint" and should you demand a refund? (few American made products are defective - the problem here is surface preparation which is your responsibility, or issues with the concrete - which is outside of your control and the control of the epoxy manufacturer. Each case in unique, and you don't know if you did enough - or had a suitable surface - until after the fact. So, given these potential issues, MAYBE you don't want to risk putting down an epoxy floor - it could fail with no one at fault).
#8) Concrete contains a lot of air spaces. Most concrete garage floor surfaces are 'vibrated' smooth to drive out much of the trapped air. This is rarely done in sheds, barns, work shops, etc. So, when you apply a thick epoxy to such surfaces air can come out of the concrete and form bubbles throughout the setting epoxy surface. Are you aware if this, and do you have a plan to deal with it?
#9) If you are considering an epoxy floor because of water or dampness on the concrete, do you know that the moisture might be coming from either condensation out of the air, or from water moving up through the garage floor? An epoxy coating might help in the second case, if you can get it to bond to the damp floor. It probably will not help if the wetness comes from out of the air.
#10) Do you know that epoxy floor paint surfaces can produce a finish that is slippery when wet, like glazed tile or a marble floor? There are many different anti slip non slip grit type products you can use. Do you know there are several different methods for applying the grit to the coating? Do you know which type or size grit to use if you are applying and epoxy floor to a fire station vs. inside a shower stall? Fine textured grits get lost in thick epoxies, have you matched the grit size to the epoxy thickness (as well as to the floor application)?
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