Because DIY garage floor epoxy paint kits purchased at your favorite home improvement center are still very popular, we like to inform our readers of the realities of these products and what to expect. Occasionally we come across a great article that someone has written about epoxy coatings or past experience with a specific product and we like to share that information. Bellow is on such article about a husband and wife who used a professional version of Rust-Oleum’s epoxy coating kit that they installed themselves.
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Though this couple did make some mistakes, they are happy with the outcome overall and offer some very valuable tips if they were to do it over again. The most important tip that you can take from their experience is to trust the directions of the product you are using. Directions are there for a reason and are not considered “general guidelines” to follow. Also, be aware of the what some epoxy companies claim about ease of installation.
They did note how slippery the floor became when wet. If you live in a climate where this may be a concern, an anti-slip additive such as Shark Grip would be a good option to improve wet performance and reduce any slip hazards.
When shopping for garage floor epoxy, they chose to purchase the professional version of the Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield kits. Though they are a bit more expensive, they are a much better value for the money than the standard water-based kits. The professional kit is solvent-based and provides for a coating that is more durable and thicker as well. You can read some good reviews and get pricing on Rust-Oleum Professional Epoxy kits here.
It’s also important to know the differences in epoxy before you make a purchase. Many people confuse epoxy coatings with paint and vice versa. Taking a few minutes to educate yourself about these differences can help to ensure that you purchase the correct product for the job.
As a final note, don’t confuse these DIY kits with the much higher performing commercial quality coatings that are available today. Though these kits do serve their purpose for an economical floor coating, they will not replicate the performance and durability of the higher quality garage floor coating systems.