Epoxy Paint vs Epoxy Coating

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by Daniel Law - December 12, 2018

Although the term coating and painting are often used interchangeably, there are many differences between epoxy paint and epoxy coating. If you are planning to upgrade your garage floor or other concrete surface using epoxy, then it is crucial to understand the difference between these two terms.

This will help you make an informed decision on which option to choose. If you have come across these two terms and wondering what the difference is, then today you have landed in the right place. This article will cover the difference between epoxy coating and epoxy paint.

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Difference in application

Just as the name implies, epoxy paint simply refers to a paint. It is much easy to apply and that is why it is highly recommended for homeowners with DIY projects. Although both types of epoxy actually require a well prepared, cleaned surface, epoxy paint is always ready to use and can be applied immediately. Don’t forget to prime the floor before applying epoxy. After it has been applied on the floor, you can start walking on it as soon the paint dries.

On the other hand, epoxy coating requires professional help in order to get quality and long-lasting results. In order for the coating to cure properly, an epoxy resin and a polyamine hardener must be applied. In addition to that, if you want to get outstanding adhesion, you need to test moisture, clean the surface as well as expose the surface to allow the coating to seep through.

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Difference in durability

One of the main difference between epoxy paint and epoxy coating is durability. If your main aim is to improve the overall appearance of your floor, then epoxy paint is the best option. However, although epoxy paint is more durable than the traditional latex paint, the fact still remains that it does not hold up to chemicals, abrasions and stains for a long period of time.

On the other hand, epoxy coating is the ideal option for individuals who are looking for quality and durable results. Once it cures, the coating becomes extremely tough and durable. It is resistant to chemicals spills, high impact, grease and oil among any others. In fact, epoxy coating is tough enough to withstand heavy traffic industrial setting. When you apply it in your home, then you can be sure that it will last for many years.

Difference in price

You can easily buy epoxy paint from your local store and apply it to your home on your own. The fact that you can easily obtain and apply epoxy paint on your own means that this option is cost friendly. However, you should keep in mind that the cheap alternative often comes at a cost. As previously mentioned, epoxy paint is susceptible to wear and tear meaning that you will be forced to reapply it from time to time. In the long run, you can end up spending more money.

On the other hand, epoxy coating is strong and provides a durable layer of protection. This coating is versatile, slip resistance and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to that, they are also available in many different colours and require the help of a professional to install them. As a result, the initial application cost is high when compared to epoxy paint. However, once installed, you don’t have to worry about reapplication costs because it is strong, durable and long lasting.

Which option should I choose?

This question does not have a definite answer because it depends on what you want and your budget. If you want something that is cost friendly and would like to DIY, then epoxy paint is the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for quality and durability, then epoxy coating is the ideal choice for you.

For professional and long lasting epoxy coating, Newline Painting is the team you can count on. We have been in the business for over 10 years to provide you with all your interior painting needs such as epoxy painting and epoxy coating.

Ask our attentive staff today for a free quote over the phone on 1300 044 206!