Concrete is a very practical material, but not always the most attractive. There are many ways to turn that ugly duckling into a beautiful swan; all that is required is a quality finish material and a little elbow grease.
What is Epoxy?
Many concrete paints have an epoxy base. Epoxy is a filler and an adhesive that creates a strong and durable bond on concrete surfaces. Epoxy consists of a liquid resin and a hardener that dry after combination and application.
When Should You Use It?
Epoxy is used for many purposes, and when used as a concrete paint, it is applied in a two-part process. Most paints come as two separate components that are mixed together before applying. After combining the two, you normally wait about 30 minutes before applying with a sprayer, brush, or roller.
Epoxy paint is often used for garage floors or for commercial applications. It creates such a strong seal that it is very difficult for moisture to penetrate the surface. This makes it ideal for preventing unwanted stains and other damaging elements.
Floor vs. Wall Paint
Epoxy paints come in several colors, allowing you to find just the right shade for your surface. When purchasing your paint, however, be sure that you are choosing the right type for concrete floors. There is a distinct difference between epoxy floor paints and epoxy wall paints. The wall paints contain thixotrophic additives that encourage the paint to gel and not slide off of the wall. Conversely, floor paints are non-thixotrophic and if applied to the wall, will slide off. The wall paints applied on the floor may not cure as needed for durability in high-traffic areas.
If you are looking for a strong, durable, affordable, and attractive solution for your drab concrete floor, then request free estimates from prescreened painting contractors in your area today.
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