how to paint epoxy floor coating?

Epoxy is a tough, hard durable coating that can be used on concrete and wood. But does epoxy paint stick to epoxy? And what kind of paint goes over epoxy?

In this post, we’re going to answer all your questions about painting over epoxy flooring.

Can you paint an epoxy floor?

Epoxy floor coatings are some of the most durable and hardwearing floors finishes available. They are extremely resistant to chemicals and cleaners, extremely resistant to water, and very resistant to scratches and abrasions.

If you want a floor finish that will look good for many years then epoxy is a great choice. It’s not going to wear out anytime soon!

However, this does mean that it can be quite tricky when it comes to painting over an existing epoxy coating because all paints suitable for use on floors need to meet certain criteria in order for them not to damage the existing paint underneath them, which can be difficult if you have an older or imperfectly painted surface already installed on your flooring area. The solution? You may need a specialist product such as EpoxyShield Paintable Floor Sealer.

How do you paint epoxy resin floors?

  • Epoxy resin floors are easy to paint. Like any other floor, you can use any type of paint with epoxy resin floors.
  • You should clean the floor with a degreaser before painting it. This will remove any residue that might prevent your paint from adhering properly and ensure that the right thickness is applied so there aren’t any thin spots in your finish coat.
  • The floor should be sanded before painting it to ensure good adhesion between the existing coating and the new layer of sealant you apply after painting it—especially if you’re going over an old layer of epoxy resin! Sanding also opens up pores in concrete so they’re ready for sealing again after repainting them with fresh topcoats or two-part urethane finishes like Kilz 2 or Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Sealer Sealnig Compound (depending on what kind of material you want).

Can you paint over an epoxy finish?

Yes, you can paint over an epoxy finish. It’s not recommended that you use an oil-based paint or a solvent-based sealer because these products will break down the hard coating of your floor and create an uneven surface.

You should use a primer for best results when painting over your floor coating.

If you’re planning on painting your floors with a water-based product, choose one that’s suitable for use on floors and has been tested for adhesion to epoxy finishes.

The best way to get the most out of your new paint job is by carefully choosing which type of paint to use based on its ability to stick well with this particular material (epoxy).

Can you recoat epoxy floor?

You absolutely can recoat an epoxy floor. You can use a high-quality polyurethane and you will be able to get multiple layers without any issues. The same goes for the topcoat from our previous post, which is also a high quality product.

There are many other options as well, so if you’re not sure what to do, just contact us here at [email protected] and we’ll help guide your next step!

What kind of paint will stick to epoxy?

First, you will want to know what kind of paint will stick to epoxy.

There are two types of paint that can be used:

  • Acrylic or waterborne paints (i.e., latex) will usually work fine with Epoxy Resin floor coating. These are your standard paints that require a primer before application (you can use an epoxy-based primer). They are also very easy to clean up and dry quickly when applied in thin coats.
  • Enamel paints may or may not stick well depending on the brand and type of enamel used. Some brands have been reported to stick well while others will peel off rather easily once dried, so it’s best if you test out some samples before using them on your flooring project!

What kind of paint goes over epoxy?

Epoxy paint is a two part liquid that is applied to the epoxy surface. Epoxy paint is different from regular paint, as it does not dry out and does not require sanding between coats because of its smooth finish.

It also has a much longer life expectancy than regular paint.

Is epoxy paint easy to apply?

Epoxy paint is easy to apply, which means that you won’t be spending hours working on the floor. It’s also easy to clean and repair, so if there are any mishaps, they’re easily reversible.

And while epoxy paint may be more difficult to remove than some other types of floor coating (not impossible, just more difficult), it can be removed if necessary.

In short: when it comes to durability and ease of use/maintenance, epoxy wins hands down!

What is the difference between epoxy paint and epoxy resin?

It is common to confuse the terms “epoxy paint” and “epoxy resin.” Epoxy paint refers to a water-based coating that is used to protect concrete floors, garage floors, and other surfaces. Epoxy resins are the chemicals that makeup epoxy paint.


Since epoxy is a high-strength coating, it’s unlikely for any paint to stick to it. However, if you have an existing epoxy floor that needs a makeover or needs some touch-up work done on it, then the best option would be to try out some latex paints.

They are easy to apply and come in many colors that will match any color scheme or design that you might have already.

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