can epoxy go over paint?

Epoxy is a great sealer that can help protect the wood and other surfaces. But what if you want to cover wood with paint? Can you use epoxy over paint? The answer depends on the type of paint you’re using and whether it’s dry or wet.

Will epoxy adhere to paint?

EPOXY WILL ADHERE TO PAINT. Yes, you read that correctly. Epoxy can be used to bond to paint.

Yes, epoxy can be used to bond to painted concrete.

Yes, epoxy can be used to bond to acrylic paint.

Yes, epoxy can be used to bond to oil based paint as long as it’s applied in thin layers and allowed adequate time for curing between coats (and preferably in an enclosed space).

Yes, epoxy will adhere enamel or latex paints as long as they’re not too old (i.e., they don’t contain lead).

What kind of paint can you epoxy over?

You can use epoxy to cover latex paint. However, if your existing layer of paint is oil-based, that means the previous layers below it are also likely to be oil-based.

Oil-based paints are very difficult and expensive to strip at best, so you’ll want to avoid using epoxy on top of them anyway.

If you have a layer of enamel paint over latex or acrylics (and again, we recommend against this), then it’s best not to try covering that with epoxy as well. It can work in some cases but will likely require multiple coats and lots of patience.

When considering which type of paint to put on top after applying epoxy—and I hope we’ve convinced by now that you should be doing this—there are two main considerations:

  • Which type will cover better? If the existing surface needs more than one coat before it looks smooth enough for your application (e.g., if there were patches missed or brush strokes left behind), then consider using another product like polyurethane or lacquer instead because they tend not just provide better coverage but also give the most durable finish when thick enough coats are laid down properly

Can I epoxy over old paint?

Yes, you can epoxy over old paint. Just like any other floor refinishing project, the surface must be clean and dry before applying epoxy.

If there is still some old paint on your floor, it will not bond properly with the new epoxy coating. If you have a concrete subfloor that needs to be prepared for an epoxy coating, then remove all remaining old paint by grinding or sanding until you reach raw concrete.

This will ensure that there are no contaminants in the pores of your concrete subfloor that would prevent proper adhesion of your new floor covering.

After you have removed all old coatings from the substrate (including latex paint) and prepared it for epoxy application, then apply two coats of either our 5300 Series or 7000 Series Epoxies mixed 1 part hardener to 2 parts resin depending on your desired cure time/temperature range needed before walking traffic can commence again on it.”

Can you put epoxy paint over painted concrete?

Epoxy paint over concrete – you can do it!

Whether you have a concrete floor, wall, driveway, or sidewalk, there are a number of ways to go about applying epoxy paint. The process is similar for each surface and it will depend on your personal preference as well as the type of concrete that you are working with.

Concrete flooring is one of the most popular uses for epoxy. It gives your home an industrial look while providing protection from spills and stains while still being easy to clean up if something does happen to get spilled on it.

Can you pour epoxy over acrylic paint?

Acrylic paint dries to a hard, durable finish that can be easily cleaned with water. Because it’s water-based, acrylics are not suitable for brushing on or rolling over epoxy floors if you want the two layers to stick together.

Acrylics also don’t hold up as well in high humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens. If you’re painting your kitchen cabinets though, or any other surface that will see regular use, it’s worth considering whether a different kind of paint might be better suited for your purposes.

Can you pour epoxy over oil based paint?

If you have a large surface area to cover, rollers are the easiest way to apply epoxy. For smaller areas, such as door jams or other small parts of your home, a brush will do the trick.

If you are going to use an oil based paint as a primer on top of existing paint/stain and want to cover everything with epoxy – use something like Rust-Oleum Multi-Purpose Primer + Stain Blocker.

This product is designed specifically for covering old paints and stains before applying epoxy over them. It will help ensure that the new coating sticks properly without having any issues with adhesion.

Can you put epoxy over enamel paint?

We know you’re looking for answers, and we want to provide them. But as much as we want to tell you that epoxy is the cure-all paint application in all situations, it isn’t. And sometimes the answer to your question can be “no.”

Let’s say that you want to put down epoxy over existing paint. If the existing paint is enamel or acrylic (both of which are oil-based), then no dice: those two types of paints will not adhere well with epoxy.

They’ll peel off when exposed to heat or pressure—and they may even crack if there are too many layers between them and the fresh coat of epoxy on top of them!

Another thing that won’t work is concrete; concrete needs a special primer before any kind of paint job because it’s porous and absorbs liquids easily—and this would mean a weaker bond between whatever was underneath (paint) and what was applied over it (epoxy).

So if you have an old piece of furniture that hasn’t been touched since 1978, consider leaving it untouched for another 30 years before trying again…

How do you apply epoxy to painted wood?

Epoxy can be applied to painted wood, but it’s not as simple as just brushing on the epoxy. You’ll need to spend a little more time and effort preparing the surface first. Before you begin, you’ll need to get some supplies together:

  • Epoxy primer (two coats)
  • A good quality brush or roller (if using a brush, make sure it’s nylon)
  • A good quality paint scraper (optional)

You may also want to wear a respirator mask and goggles when working with epoxies because these products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


I am going to say, no epoxy can not go over paint. If you want a seamless, smooth finish then I would recommend stripping the existing paint off and then applying a two-part epoxy over bare metal or fiberglass

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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