DIY Epoxy Kits
If you are looking for something quick and cheap then a DIY epoxy kit is your best option. A basic concrete paint will run around $50 for a low cost kit up to around $400 for a high end kit.
Using a concrete paint or a basic epoxy based paint will make the surface look much nicer than normal concrete. This type of coating will help cover up some of the imperfections on the surface like hairline cracks. It can also help prevent future stains. However, salt and magnesium chloride will eat through it pretty quickly. Concrete paint comes in many different colors so it is easy to customize the look to your preferences. However, there is some prep work for the floor.
If your floor has cracks wider than a credit card, you may want to consider cutting and filling them properly. Products don’t adhere well if there are oil stains, grease, or moisture problems. Uneven surfaces can also pose a challenge A DIY epoxy kit or floor paint is not a long lasting solution.
If you have the time to do this, know in advance it is like painting or staining a deck, you will need to do it every few years to keep it looking good. DIY epoxy kits are also prone to hot tire pickup. This occurs when your car tires are hot and the coating adheres to the tire and gets pulled off the floor.
At a minimum, the surface needs to be cleaned and acid etched.
Concrete is like a sponge that absorbs anything it can. This can pose a real challenge if you aren’t able to get all the stains out. If you don’t get it prepped right, you may have some issues with your coating. Make sure you wear PPE (Proper Protective Equipment) when doing this.
If you are looking for someone to apply one of these kits for you, we are not your guys. You may be able to find a painting company or a handy man that will apply this product for you, but ensure they have experience with preparing the surface and applying the coating you are purchasing.
- Protects the concrete from most stains
- Available in a wide variety of colors, which allows customizations
- Provides an affordable option to property owners
- Enhances resistance to mildew, water, and mold
- Easier to keep clean compared to just concrete
- Not very durable, needs to be reapplied every few years
- Wear and team becomes visible after a few months and can begin chipping and pealing after 12 months
- Limited resistance to chemicals
- Not recommended for workshops and garages