Choosing an Epoxy – You want to by STUCK with it for a while

by Linden on October 23, 2007

We’ve discussed ensuring you pad is suitable for an Epoxy covering and we’ve talked about prepping your garage for epoxy.

Today we will briefly discuss choosing a suitable epoxy. 

There are two main types of epoxy.  Water based and solvent based.

Water Based Epoxies
Though I’ve never worked with a water based epoxy the reality is that water based epoxies are of lower quality then solvent based epoxies.  Yes they are cheaper and yes they are easier to install but they also flake, scratch, and peel quickly.   If you are going to bother spending the time and money on an epoxy installation stick to solid solvent based solutions.

Solvent Based Epoxies
When selecting a solvent based epoxy you want to look for an epoxy with a very “high solids content”.  You will want to find a product that is and least 20 mils thick and flexible.  Many have had success with Griots Garage Products and EpoArmour Products.  Commercial products are often of superior quality though you will not find them in Home Depot or Lowes.  You will need to search the phone book for industrial suppliers.

Have experience with epoxies?  Comment Now!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig November 10, 2007 at 11:35 am

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dmend December 23, 2007 at 12:26 pm

I do mig welding in my garage, yet I’d like an epoxy floor finish. How well will the epoxy stand up to heat and the through-off of hot slag? Thanks, dmend

Mark March 26, 2008 at 11:55 am

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