What’s the difference between epoxy paint vs epoxy coating?

One difference between the two epoxies is that coatings cure, whereas paint dries. Call Now

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. 

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Is epoxy flooring scratch resistant?

Epoxy flooring is highly durable and will last for years to come. You won’t have to touch your floors again for years after the coating is applied.

How does epoxy paint work?

Applying a paint like this to any surface is usually best performed by an expert, as it can sometimes bubble and run, but it is cheap, usually fume-less, and unlikely to peel, so if you feel that you can give this project a go, then it is something that is well worth doing yourself. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the work done quickly and easily.