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How to Apply Epoxy Paint to a Workshop Floor

How to Apply Epoxy Paint to a Workshop Floor

Rust-Oluem Epoxyshield

How to Paint a Basement or Garage Floor

Like a lot of folk, I spent quite a bit of time in my basement workshop.  A workshop floor takes a huge beating and nothing looks better in a workshop or nice garage as a clean, shiny and professional quality finished floor. This article will show you how to apply epoxy paint to a workshop floor.

In order to obtain that professional finished quality floor look, you need to use epoxy paint.   Epoxy paint is the best product to use for adhesion and it protects the floor from oil, gasoline, salt, glue and resists cracking.

Epoxy paints are well known for their excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance. Bottom line – it’s a tough paint for tough locations like workshops and garages.  This article will explain how to apply epoxy paint to a workshop floor

Using Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD

I’ve used Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD several times in the past with outstanding results and decided it was the best choice for our new workshop floor for the following reasons:


I really like that EPOXYSHIELD dries to a gloss finish.   It is applied as a solid base color with a color fleck finish that is applied when the paint is wet.

EPOXYSHIELD comes in two colors, tan or gray, colors and a tint base that can be tinted to 32 colors.   Decorative colored paint chips are also provided and result in a terrazzo-like finished look.

Skills Required:


Time Required:

8 hours

Type of Project:

Basement workshop floor

Before Photo

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Materials Needed:

Wet floor


Concrete Preparation:

For best results, and a long-term successful installation, new concrete should to be etched and cleaned. Old concrete should be cleaned.

Our concrete was 1 year old and needed to be etched. We used Rust-Oleum Concrete Etch which is a environmentally friendly, citric-acid-based formula is easy and safe to use indoors.

Why Etch Concrete?

Etching cleans the concrete opens pores within the concrete to allow for maximum penetration and adhesion for the epoxy paint.

Concrete Etching also removes which is a major cause of failure in flooring installations.

Laitance is made from cement and the fine aggregates that rise to the surface when too much water is added to the concrete pour.   Laitance is always present on new concrete and must be removed.  If not removed, the application of epoxy paint will have a high risk of failing.

NOTE – Concrete Etch is intended for use on bare concrete surfaces. There is no benefit for use on previously painted floors.

Preparing Concrete for Etching

Mix etching


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Mixing EPOXYSHIELD Concrete Etch

Scrub in etching


Application of Concrete Etch product

TIP: In garages, pay special attention to the area where the vehicle tires normally rest.


Wet vac


Prepare Surface for Epoxy Paint

Guaranteeing success of any epoxy paint really comes done to whether you do the prep or not. A poorly-bonded paint coating is doomed for failure and a complete waste of your time.


Preparing To Use EPOXYSHIELD

Cutting in edges

How to Apply Epoxy Paint to a Workshop Floor

Use a throw away paintbrush and cut in all of your tight spots and anything that is not movable, like columns.

I used the roller to paint along the walls and found cutting in with a brush was not needed there.

How to Apply Rust-Oleum Epoxyshield  to a Workshop Floor

Apply paint in a small area at a time and keep a wet edge. Work quickly to maintain a wet edge and to avoid paint lap marks. The epoxy paint is forgiving and the chips do help cover lap marks

Try to work in four by four squares and applied the chips to the wet paint as I worked; it is easier to distribute the colored chips onto the freshly coated surface.

Applying Paint Rust-Oleum Chips to Workshop Floor

Scatter the decorative chips up and away from you so they float and land flat on the wet paint, then continue on to the next section.

I painted four feet out from the wall from left to right, wall to wall.   I applied the paint chips while the paint was wet, then moved backwards and repeated my pattern, painting another four feet across that area and applying more chips until I worked my way out of the workshop

TIP: Paint in a way that finished at a doorway or exit and apply the paint chips as you go. Don’t paint yourself into a corner.

Final Thoughts:

Rust-Oleum’s EPOXYSHIELD was easy to use and is a great way to clean up your garage, basement or workshop floor.  It’s a classy look creates a great looking, long lasting floors and could even be used aesthetically for finished basements.   The quality of finish looks like it was professionally done.  Cost of this product to the value that it provides can’t be overstated.

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How to Apply Epoxy Paint to a Workshop Floor
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