Many customers ask us what is the difference between epoxy paint and epoxy coating. In the DIY world, these two terms can get mixed up and, since there’s a big difference, it’s a good idea to do your homework first rather than make a choice you may regret.
What is epoxy paint?
Epoxy paint is essentially garage floor paint. Any epoxy paint product will consist of mainly acrylic latex, although some may contain an amount of epoxy in the paint formula to help it adhere better to the floor and last longer. However, it’s still just painting, and lacks the durability of a true epoxy resin coating. Epoxy paint will crack and peel, particularly if used in an area that gets a lot of foot or vehicle traffic.
Using epoxy paint instead of epoxy coating may potentially be a cheaper option upfront, but the finished product will only provide minimal surface protection over the base concrete. This is because, unlike an epoxy coating, the paint dries rather than hardens, and doesn’t form a seal with the substrate. The resulting layer is thinner, without the long-lasting qualities and resistances of an epoxy coating.
What is the epoxy coating?
An epoxy coating is a thermosetting epoxy resin containing a hardener that undergoes a curing process after application. A top sealant is also applied, and this results in a tough and durable surface that can be resistant to chemicals, oil, grease, stains, and abrasions. The surface preparation required for an epoxy coating is more costly and rigorous, but this ensures a smooth, well-bonded, and hard finish of much higher quality than you’d get from using epoxy paint.
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