Should I Use Epoxy Paints or Epoxy Coatings?

DIY Epoxy?

Many people in California love the idea of taking on a task under their own power. The Internet is rife with videos about how to “do it yourself,” whether it is improving your car, your cooking, your relationship, your dog’s obedience, or any other subject you can imagine. When it comes to improving your home garage floor or patio surface with epoxy, however, the challenge lies in finding the right quality with the available products. For instance, many DIY types recommend epoxy paint, since it’s easier to apply than epoxy coatings.

What’s the Difference Between Epoxy Paint and Epoxy Coatings?

Epoxy paint is typically just what it sounds like — paint with epoxy added. It adheres better than normal paint. It offers slightly more durability, and sometimes better weather resistance. It comes in a variety of colors, and it’s easy to apply with a brush or roller. Ultimately, it’s still just a thin layer of paint. It offers a concrete floor very little protection from scrapes, gouges or heavy wear due to foot or vehicle traffic. After enough time, it breaks down from the same types of damage that affect any other paint.

Professional epoxy coatings from West Coast Epoxy are considerably different from mere epoxy paints. They provide a barrier over your concrete floor that resists UV light, chips, scrapes and heavy traffic. It comes in a wide variety of colors, and its thickness allows for adding color chips and micas. This offers a nearly unlimited array of patterns and styles to choose from. Non-slip coatings are also an option — something epoxy paint cannot offer. And our epoxy floors are formulated to last the entire life of your concrete floor.

Epoxy coating doesn’t go on as easy as epoxy paint. It needs more preparation, and requires a fast application technique, so it’s rarely applied successfully by the do-it-yourselfer. That’s why we’re happy to do it for you, so you can enjoy superior protection and style from a top-quality epoxy product, applied by experienced professionals like the ones at West Coast Epoxy.

The Choice Is Yours

For anyone considering a DIY project with epoxy paint, the first step is research. Consider all the options, watch the videos, and check out the products. At the same time, take a close look at the superiority of real epoxy coatings. Start here with our website gallery. Compare our finished products with DIY epoxy paint jobs. Use our experience and insights to your advantage. Speak with our staff over the phone or schedule an appointment, so we can discuss what you’d like to accomplish with your concrete floor. Feel free to show us what you find in your research. Time is also money, and you can save a lot of time by hiring West Coast Epoxy to coat your concrete for the long term.

Once you weigh all the options, the choice will be clear — or colored, textured, patterned, or whatever epoxy coating design you decide upon. And once you’ve made that choice, West Coast Epoxy will be happy to install it for you!

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