The epoxy shield is a garage floor coating that adds an extra layer of protection to the concrete, protecting it against cracks and giving it an extra shine. It is five times stronger than regular epoxy.
It is good for garage and basement floors, driveways, and walls as it can sustain fluid leaks and chemical spills.
Rust-Oleum Garage Floor Coating Reviews
The Garage Floor Coating, as discussed previously, it is five times stronger than the normal epoxy. It is applied only in one coat and protects against motor oil leaks, salt, chemicals, and tracking. It comes in two sizes, i.e., 1 car Kit and 2.5 Car Kit.
The 1 car Kit covers an area between 200-250 sq. ft, and the 2.5 car kit covers an area between 450-500 sq. ft
The Kit includes:
- 2-part Epoxy Burst Pouch
- Decorative Color Chips
- Instruction Sheet
- Concrete Etch
It dries, producing a glossy finish, and is ready to walk on after 1-2 days and drive after 3 days. It has a low odor and VOC.
Other Top Garage Floor Coatings
- Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Polycuramine Garage Floor Kit
- KILLZ One-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
- Colored Epoxies 10002 Clear Epoxy Resin Coating
- Siloxa-Tek Penetrating Concrete Sealer
Polucuramine is 20 times stronger than epoxy, which means it offers a great deal regarding durability. It is resistant to oil, chemical, and other toxic chemicals.
The coating is self-leveling and dries faster after about 8-10 hrs, it’s ready for foot traffic, and after 24 hours, it is ready for driving on.
KILLZ One-Part Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
KILLZ can be used on uncoated and coated concrete surfaces and is not ideal on Vertical surfaces. It only takes 2 hours to dry, producing a smooth Satin finish, and It is waterproof, which makes it ideal for basements, porches, and garages.
It is crack and chemical resistant and does not scuff, fade, or blister from hot tires. One Gallon of KILLZ is estimated to cover about 400 – 500 square feet of smooth surface and 300-400 square feet of rough surfaces.
Colored Epoxies 10002 Clear Epoxy Resin Coating
It is a 2-part epoxy, meaning it should be used as the primer and the finish coat. It can be applied to many surfaces, including Plywood, concrete, bar tops, etc., and comes in various colors. Furthermore, it helps seal surfaces, for it is water and mildew-resistant.
It comes in a 15-gallon kit, and one gallon covers approximately 300 square feet. It takes about 7-9 Hrs to allow foot traffic and 24 hours for vehicle traffic.
Siloxa-Tek Penetrating Concrete Sealer
It penetrates the concrete deep into its pores, chemically creating a long-lasting hydrophobic surface. Hydrophobic surfaces resist moisture and prevent the floor from cracking.
It can be used indoors and outdoors on new and old concrete surfaces without affecting the results. It can also be used in Highway and bridge construction.
How to apply Rust-oleum Epoxy Shield
Applying an Epoxy shield does not require technical knowledge; you can DIY it easily with a few guidelines and tools.
Step 1: Preparation of the subfloor
Thoroughly clean and degrease the surface of the subfloor with rust oleum cleaner and degreaser and apply concrete etch as per the instructions provided by the manufacturer in the kit.
However, if mold or mildew exists, you must use a bleaching agent to remove it completely. Once it is clean, proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Mixing
Make sure not to mix the solution in a plastic container because epoxy produces heat reactions that are enough to melt plastic or produce toxic fumes that might be harmful when inhaled.
Pour part A into part B and thoroughly stir with a paint mixer for about 3 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then stir it again.
Another commonly used method is gently creating pressure on part A until the middle seal breaks, allowing the two components to mix. Thoroughly shake the pouch, pushing the components into the center in a back-and-forth movement for 3 minutes.
Let it rest for a few minutes and pour it into a paint tray.
Step 3: Application
A roller brush is preferable for this step because it can spread the epoxy shield throughout the floor evenly. For the edges, you can use a paintbrush because precision is key in this area, then proceed to roll out the entire floor.
Work in areas of 4 square meters at a time, and toss the decorative patterns after every section while it is still wet.
After the whole floor is done, allow it to dry for about 7-8 hours with the doors and windows open, and start the normal operations of the room. However, for vehicles, let it dry for at least 24 hours.
- Any paint on the concrete surface should be thoroughly scraped and sanded off for better adherence to the epoxy shield.
- Freshly cast concrete should be left for at least 21 days before the epoxy shield is applied.
- Any damaged areas should be fixed and evened out before application
- If a second coat is required, it should be done after four days for better adhesion.