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Choosing the Best Epoxy Floor Coating

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A tough epoxy floor coating with optional color chips.

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Top of the Line Epoxy Floor Coating – Two-Part 100% Solids

Two-part epoxy floor coatings that are 100% solids (i.e., do not contain solvents) are the best choice if you are looking for a tough, long-lasting garage floor. This type of epoxy floor coating “cures” through a chemical process that leaves a thick, hard and attractive surface. It may cost a bit more than the options below, and it is a bit more demanding to install.

But 100% epoxy floor coating is definitely a DIY friendly project. You can buy a kit for a one-car garage for about $250. EpoxyMaster, which is available from Costco, may be the easiest product to find. Epoxy-Coat and Performance sell very similar kits, which can be ordered online.

Good, Not Great, Epoxy Floor Coating – Two-Part Solvent-Based

Behr (Home Depot), Quikrete and Rust-Oleum are popular DIY two-part epoxy floor coatings that are readily available at home improvement, paint and hardware stores. These products are water-based, like latex paint, and are easier to work with and clean up than 100% solids coatings. The trade-off, however, is a thinner coating that will not last as long.

Really Not an Epoxy Floor Coating – One-Part Solvent Based

A true epoxy floor coating comes in two parts. Just before application, the resin is mixed with the hardener. One-part epoxy floor coating is premixed, which is convenient, but it is really not much different from paint. (See How To Apply Garage Floor Paint Like a Pro). If you don’t use your garage much, and if you don’t mind touching up the floor every couple of years, this may be a decent choice.

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