Epoxy Floor Coverings

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Blog entry by hokieman posted 12-24-2008 05:40 AM 2209 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was reading in the Fine Woodworking Tools and Shops issue about an epoxy floor covering that you can roll onto a concrete floor. They recomend you sprinkle sand onto he first coat and then apply a second epoxy coat. The sand is supposed to make it slip resistant. I was curious if anybody has done this and if so does the sand make it very difficult to sweep up fine sawdust.

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 06:21 AM

My opinion is that sand would make sweeping difficult. My neighbor painted his garage floor AND driveway several years ago and it has held up well.

-- Joe

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 11:05 AM

As a remodeling contractor, I have seen products like this used. The flakes or sand are added to beautify and create some slip resistance because the coating on it’s own can get very slick when wet. It does not necessarily create too much drag that will make sweeping difficult if properly applied.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 12-24-2008 02:19 PM

I used 2-part epoxy on both my garage and shop floors.
Each provides little flakes with the paint and I used them each time..
I have not had any problems with slipperiness, but I have not gotten either wet.I can walk on both in my bare feet and still be comfortable.

The epoxy does make the floor much smoother and easier to keep clean. I believe it also reduces the dust level.

It’s been 3 years now and no one has slipped because it had no sand in it. I read the article and think that 2 coats is overkill. One night a week I have 6 people working in my shop and there is also no sign of wear or tear on the paint. (More than average personal use.)

Oh. I have a floor pickup with my dust collector and have no problem using a push broom to get all the sawdust over to the flue.

I wholeheartedly recommend using the product. Personally, I don’t worry about the might be’s.
I used the brand that Lowe’s sells in the shop and the brand from the BORG for the garage.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 12-24-2008 04:04 PM

Important to know that your floor prep is absolutely the most important step in the process. If your floor is not sufficiently clean, you will eventually see the epoxy delaminate from the concrete. I know that was what caused mine to fail (it comes off in chips now), but I’ve moved into the shop and it would be impossible to fix.

-- Steven

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#5 posted 12-25-2008 12:21 AM

I have used both methods they both work very well after prep. and I use a moisture kit to check the amount of moisture before applying the Epoxy.
When using sand, I used a very fine silica sand mixed it into the bucket after part A and B were mixed well with a small mixing paddle on the cordless.
The sand does plug up the roller but you will have a nice finish after it is cured and sweeps easy.
Just my 2 cents worth…...Merry X-Mas!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Dan Pleska

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#6 posted 12-25-2008 09:31 PM

I used the epoxy with flakes on my shop when it was new, so I didn’t have to worry about the prep. If there is any oil on the floor it needs to be removed per the directions and of course it needs to be clean. I just used one coat with the flakes and think that is sufficient. I haven’t had a slipping problem in three years. It looks great and makes the floor easy to clean.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 07:06 AM

I completely agree with StevenAntonucci. Concrete preparation is the most important task before any product is applied. Obviously, Sprinkle sand nicely makes the floor sleep resistance. Epoxy floor coatings makes the floor easy to clean and looks fine and smooth too.


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