Epoxy paint is supplied in two liquid components -- the epoxy resin and a hardener -- which must be mixed together immediately before application. Once applied, epoxies are tougher and more abrasion-resistant than ordinary house paints. Because of their chemical-resistant properties, epoxy paints are often used in industrial facilities, but they also fill some very practical needs in the home.
Epoxy at Home
Epoxy paints formulated for garage floors protect the concrete from hot tire marks, oil stains and other automotive fluids. In the basement, epoxy floor paints add lasting color because the coating is hard enough to resist routine scuffing and abrasion. In the kitchen, an epoxy paint can provide a fresh new look to your countertops that will resist discoloration from coffee, tomato sauce, olive oil and kitchen cleaning chemicals.
Decorating With Epoxy
Homeowners can also utilize special paint additives that produce a decorative faux finish. Epoxies are compatible with a variety of flakes and powders that can add sparkle to a basement floor or create the appearance of granite on a laminate countertop. These finishes can also be applied using a stencil to provide the look of brick and mortar for your concrete driveway or grouted subway tiles on your kitchen backsplash.