Epoxy Finish on concrete – my experience
I have just finished applying an epoxy finish to my shop floor and I thought I owuld share my experience in case anyone else was thinking of taking the plunge.
First of all I had 350 sq. ft. of brushed concrete. This slab was poured so no oil stains or other “stuff” but quite a lot of drywall mud and dust and dirt.
I used beige Shield-Crete by H&C from Sherwin Williams. Cost about $65 per kit. Advertised coverage of 250 sq. ft.
I cleaned all the drywall mud off the floor and vacuumed the dust to get the floor nice and clean. I did not use the enclosed cleaner because I didn’t want to get the floor wet. After a lot of stirring, I applied the epoxy using a throw-away roller. It took quite a lot of effort to work the epoxy into the brushed concrete. As a result, the coverage was about 20% less than advertised.
I applied the “sprinkles”, and after leaving it for 24 hours, put on a coat of the glaze.
It has made a huge difference. The shop looks brighter and has a much better atmosphere. Much easier to sweep and keep clean. I had to do this in two stages as I moved the tools around. If you look, you can see the join but nothing that sticks out.
The big effort is in the surface preparation; the application was easy and straightforward.