Diy Epoxy Kits

Is a DIY Epoxy Floor Right for you?

DIY Epoxy Floors Franklin TN


If you’re trying to find a quick and easy way to apply a floor coating, DIY epoxy kits are your best bet. They cost a few hundred dollars at their most expensive as opposed to the pricier amount professionals would ask for. DIY epoxy kits help to elevate the appearance of your concrete floors through covering imperfections, like little cracks, as well as serve as a measure to protect against stains. 


DIY epoxy kits won’t adhere if you don’t have the floor prepped properly. You need to have a smooth surface free of oil stains, moisture, and grease  in order to ensure that it will stick properly. At the minimum, when you’re getting your concrete floor ready for epoxy, you need to make sure that it has been cleaned and acid-etched. If you have cracks, you will likely want to fill them, so that the epoxy sticks better.

DIY epoxy kits are not a long term solution, so if you decide to go this route, be prepared to redo your floor as frequently as every year in order to keep it in good condition. Salt and magnesium chloride can eat through epoxy kits very quickly, and they’re also prone to hot tire pickup, which is when your car tires are hot and then the coating sticks to them, thus getting pulled from the floor.


Should you choose to DIY your floor coating, you need to be prepared to take the necessary safety precautions. You need to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as a respirator to trap out the vapors. You want to ensure that you’re protected from dust, acid, and more to avoid potential injury or sickness.

The Pros of Doing It Yourself

What draws people to DIY epoxy kits is their cost. Up front, they’re certainly cheaper than having a professional come out, even though with how frequently they’d need to be reapplied, they end up costing more in the long run. Floor coatings greatly improve the appearance of your floors, and make them more durable and damage resistant. There are many reasons why floor coatings benefit you.


  • They protect the concrete from staining.

  • They come in a wide variety of options for colors.

  • They’re easier to clean than concrete.

  • They’re more resistant to water damage.

The Cons Of DIY Epoxy Kits

DIY epoxy kits also come with some disadvantages, though, which you should be aware of before deciding on the best option for you. Many people underestimate just how long of a process these kits are, or how complex the job can be. If you don’t have the right safety equipment, you could make yourself sick or hurt yourself when using these kits. Additionally, DIY epoxy kits simply don’t look as good or last as long as professional floor coatings. Some of the other disadvantages of DIY epoxy kits include:


  • Not very durable.

  • Need to be reapplied every few years.

  • Limited chemical resistance.

  • Shows wear and tear after a few months.

  • Chips and peels after a year.

  • Not recommended for garages or workshops.


Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not you DIY your Franklin, TN floor coating. Contact My Garage Floor Guys for any questions, or for more information on the other floor coating options available to you.

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