Some people interchange the terms epoxy coatings and epoxy paints, but the two are quite different. If you want to upgrade your floor, garage, or some other concrete surface using epoxy, it is important to understand what differentiates the two. This allows you to make the right decision for your desired aesthetic.
One difference between the two epoxies is that coatings cure, whereas paint dries. In addition, when 100 percent solid epoxy coatings are used, the surface becomes hard and durable, making it highly resistant to things like chemicals, abrasions, impact, oil and grease, and stains.
There are many additional differences to consider. For example, epoxy coatings are comprised of two component materials, a polyamine hardener and epoxy resin. Before coatings are applied, a professional contractor or installer must first mix the two components, unlike paint that is one part, ready to use.
Typically, epoxy paint is made of latex acrylic, although depending on the product, a small amount of epoxy might be added to the formula. When epoxy is present, the paint will actually adhere to the concrete surface better and make the surface more durable. When epoxy is not added to the formula, the paint will eventually peel and crack, especially in high traffic areas.