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We are the only technology based coating/epoxy/resin company that actively encourages your phone calls, not just during our East Coast work hours but also after/before hours, evening, weekends and even holidays. We're available when you are. We form a personal relationship with our customers and freely share technical information, how to-advice, product information and tips-and-tricks. Speak with a non-salesman technical professional with over 25 years of experience in the resin/coating/epoxy industry (no newbie staffer on the phone lines!). Floors, tables, boats, leaks, rot repair. We handle it all! We are an 'always available,' one-on-one, technical/scientific, coating company (watch our video). We are NOT one of those fluffy/slick mass sales firms the dominate the internet selling cheap third party (made in China???), low end epoxies and coatings with no real knowledge of what they are selling and quotas to sell to as many people as possible. 603-435-7199 (east coast time).

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Garage Floor Paint with Chips


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First things first. New to epoxies? Need to learn the basics of epoxy resins? Here are four articles to get you up to speed.


1) 25POINTS4U.HTML, covers 25 key points about epoxies

2) EPOXYPAINT101.HTML continues the lessons regarding epoxy basics.

3) FAIL4U.HTML explains why coatings can fail

4) EVAL4U.HTML tells you how to evaluate your epoxy and your epoxy vendor


You will find these links on our "Links Page"


Best advice from an Epoxy PRO on how to avoid a $$$ DIY epoxy floor disaster

(you won't learn this on any other epoxy floor site)

If any of the following apply or might apply to you:

1) no vapor barrier, or don't know if there is a vapor barrier under your slab; 2) suspect there might be moisture issues in/on the slab; 3) suspect the concrete was not 'vibrated down' and contains lots of air spaces (which can cause bubbles and blisters in the wet epoxy); 4) cannot professionally prep the floor (usually means a shot blast contractor); 5) any existing coating on the floor is peeling and lifting; 6) the concrete seems dusty, gritty, weak or crumbling; 7) you are worried about "hot tire pickup" lifting off your epoxy floor; 8) you have oil stains on the floor (especially OLD oil stains).......

If so, consider putting an inexpensive epoxy primer / sealer (such as ESP 155 - an Internet Favorite epoxy coating - not for sale in California) on the entire floor or over those potential trouble spots. Then wait a few weeks or months and see what happens. If everything looks great it is very likely that a 'fancy' epoxy top coat will be successful and probably issue free. You might even decide to just keep the sealed floor and skip the thicker mostly decorative (or at least thicker and pigmented) epoxy top coat (such as 0% VOC INDUSTRIAL FLOOR EPOXY).

If problems developed with the thin, nearly clear ESP 155 epoxy sealer, it is not that big a deal. No worse than having some deck/porch enamel paint lift and peel. You won't trip over it, it is not so 'in your face', and you saved big $$$ that you would have spent on the epoxy, paint chip, top coat. Some existing concrete surfaces are just not good candidates for an epoxy coating. QUESTIONS? email OR call 603 435 7199. Floor Links Page. Learn all about epoxy floors.



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Do you know enough about epoxy floor coating products and options to make an intelligent purchase? CLICK HERE to go our 10 POINT TEST, ten questions and issues you should be able to breeze through and answer if you are up to speed on epoxy floor paint options and issues. If you need help, chasing the links to article sites listed here will get you up to speed.


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Cement slab sealers (internal and surface), primers, tie coats help to increase the odds of a successful floor coating project.

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There are three articles the introduce you to epoxy floors. Is your floor suitable for an epoxy coating? There are different kinds of epoxies, which is right for you? Your floor could be a 1 - 7 coat system, figure out what you want. If colored chips in the floor appeals to you, there are lots of other decisions to be made. Chip floors are usually multi coat systems and there are 2 or 3 methods for applying them. They are also usually a blend of epoxy layers and urethane layers. These three articles overlap each other quite a bit, but we'll list them from the most simple article to the more advanced article.  BEGINFLOORU4.HTML and  FLOORCOATINGS.HTML.


The article about painting your concrete slab gives reason why and problem with applying an epoxy to your concrete/cement slab. Like any of the other articles here, it covers basic information you should know before using any commercial grade epoxy concrete floor coating.   SLAB4u.HTML.


Good things seem to come in threes. Yet another set of three articles worth your time dealing with preparing your concrete floor / slab / garage / for epoxy paint. The problem with surface preparation is that you never know if you've done it well enough, or enough of it, until after the fact. In some cases no amount of surface preparation is enough. Coating failure can result from issues outside of your control. Suitable and correct surface preparation is what makes or breaks a professional / commercial epoxy floor contractor. His income and reputation is on the line. He has to call the surface preparation right or he is in big trouble. The good epoxy contractors know when to just walk away from a job rather than bidding on it. Correct surface preparation can make his high fees all worth while. Industrial epoxy surface preparation also has access to 'shot blast' equipment that most homeowners and DIY folks don't have. Article one covers surface preparation in general, not just concrete floors. Article two talks about the options for home owners and article three is strictly about the acid etching method of floor preparation. 1) --  PREP.HTML,  2) -- HOME4U.HTML and finally  3) --  ACID.HTML.


Water and moisture inside your concrete can keep coatings from sticking as well as producing a dank, musty smell. One product (not an epoxy) that will reduce the the moisture/moisture movement in the concrete is called Bio Vee Seal (tm). Basically if soaks into the exposed concrete then forms crystals in the tiny void spaces. Simply put, it 'clogs up the cement/concrete' thus reducing moisture flow. Read more.  VEE4U.HTML


Lots and lots of options here! Grits come in different sizes and have different textures depending upon how thick the coating it is being used with. Also, different kinds of grits, as well as different methods of grit application resulting in different textures. How much grit do you want, 10% coverage or 100% coverage? Also at least two coatings with grit already in them. You could spend an entire winter developing the 'grit' system for your project. Two articles address this topic.  GRIT.HTML and NONSLIP.HTML.


An epoxy floor is really just a semi-hard plastic floor. It wears and scratches, especially if running forklifts over it and dragging things across it. The serious commercial epoxy floor involves a rolled down layer of floor epoxy paint completely covered / saturated with sand. Then a sealing topcoat of more epoxy to 'glue down' the top 'layer' of sand. The result is sort of a sand/quartz floor held in place with epoxy rather than just an epoxy painted surface. Commercial / Industrial floor areas use the same pigmented epoxy for the base and topcoat and ordinary hardware store play sand for the sand additive. Fancy applications use blends of color sands and clear coats. The big drawback for this sort colored sand quartz floor is the high shipping costs of the heavy colored sand (need about 1 pound per square foot). QUARTZ4U.HTML


You will not see these kind of articles from most floor epoxy vendors! - Out gassing bubbles, adhesion issues, etc. can be real problems that catch you unexpected. Know what can go wrong by reading these two articles.  PROBLEM.HTML and the PINHOLE4U.HTML


About the only place water-based epoxy paints are used is on floors because they need lots of exposure to air for the water to evaporate away. These coatings are very user friendly to apply, but the result is a very thin coating, more like a coat of enamel than epoxy. (AQUAROCK.HTML)

With a little imagination you can combine different kind of paint systems for a really unique floor.  LATEXFLOOR.HTML


Painting your garage floor? Issues like tire pick-up, oil, damaged concrete etc. can be real issues. Learn about seamless garage floor epoxy systems with our first article, then read an actual garage floor case study.  GARAGE4U.HTML also --  FLOORCS.HTML


When it comes to floor epoxies, the way to pick/evaluate your vendor/supplier is not by what they tell you but by what the don't tell you

Putting down an epoxy on a cement floor can be tricky and lots of things (some outside of your control) can go wrong, almost all of which have nothing to do with the epoxy (so not the vendors' responsibility). Informing you of possible problems and possible ways around those problems could cost the vendor your business and send you off to a more 'cheerful and happy (and cheaper)' floor epoxy vendor web site. An example is an epoxy primer under the epoxy floor paint. It some situations it could save your butt, but more likely you'll just go to a site that doesn't mention using a primer (thus saving you money and time - but also a flooring failure).

What To Watch Out For From Epoxy Floor Vendor Sites:

1) There are water based floor epoxies and solvent free (sometime solvent based) floor epoxies. Some vendors don't explain the differences and use those differences to to make their product sound so much better (when it is an unequal comparison).

2) Epoxies yellow in sunlight (UV) and over time, especially the non-water based epoxies. This should be make know to you up front.

3) If your concrete is weak or crumpling (lots of dusting) - it could be your surface is not a good candidate for an epoxy floor, or at least one without a primer to 'firm' up the surface. Does your vendor mention weak or dusty concrete?

4) Lots of cement floors do not have a vapor barrier under them and those floors may have water - dampness issues (especially in below grade basement situations). Moisture issues under, on, and inside the cement could make an epoxy coating job a potential failure (there are some things you can try). You should be informed of this possible issue.

5) Many cement floors are full of air (cement can be like a sponge) and as the day warms the air in the cement expands and forms bubbles (popped or unpopped) in the starting-to-harden epoxy. The result is a disaster. Where you warned that this could happen? Diid they suggest fixes if your concrete has lots of air?

6) Old oil and grease stains can cause epoxies to peel right off. You may never be able to remove and degrease these areas no matter what you do to clean them. You should know this up-front.

7) Finally, do these vendors rely to emails or phone calls during the evening or on the weekends when you are working on your floor? Shoot them an email on Friday night and see if you get a reply before Monday or ever.








SOLVENT FREE (or low solvent)


(comparison table)

Water Bond Epoxy  (tm)

med. gray only

(comparison table)

Industrial Floor Epoxy (tm)

light gray or beige only


* actually contains voc solvents plus water (restricted in some locations)

* slight odor

* very long pot life

* water clean-up

* large coverage per gallon

* good color stability

* very thin coating - will not hide flaws (may highlight them)

* somewhat breathable and some penetration into concrete (good adhesion)

* generally less used than solvent free epoxy floor paints

* can be primer /sealer under other epoxy (non epoxy) floor systems




* no solvents or VOC issues (solvent free only)

* generally odorless

* wet thickness equals dry thickness (no shrinking)

* thick coating hides flaws and imperfections

* can trap air bubbles from expanding air in concrete

* shows epoxy yellowing in UV

* coverage about 150 sf per gallon

* creates vapor seal (radon etc)

* can have adhesion issues on damp moisture rich surfaces

* tough and durable

* standard commercial - professional floor solution

* short pot life - working time

* use with colored chips or colored sands

* works with chips - sands - multi-coat systems


Note that solvent free floor epoxies only have a working time - pot life of about 15 - 20 minutes at temps from about 55 - 75 degrees (typical temperatures for industrial contractors working inside commercial facilities). For homeowners coating garages in summer (temps in the 80s) pot life could be about 10 minutes. Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc., has introduced a 'slow summer' version of our commercial Industrial Floor Epoxy, that returns the 20 minutes or so pot life to our solvent free floor epoxy. No one else offers anything like this (I've searched the internet). Use this product if your application temperature are over about 80 degrees or if you just want a slower pot life (and slower cure).


This page is dedicated to directing you toward internet articles on various aspects of epoxy floor coatings and paints. This includes surface preparation, floors with color chips, things that can go wrong, suitability of the floor for coating, etc.

Unless stated otherwise, CLICK HERE to go to a help page    EPOXY FLOOR  LINK PAGE which has the actual links to the articles described here RE: Epoxy Resin Systems

     In the last five years or so there has a massive increase in the number of web sites selling epoxy floor paints to home owners and small businesses.

These sites contract sharply with the older traditional sites (including ours) that sell quality epoxies to professional coating contractors and other industry professionals.

We suggest you proceed carefully when surfing internet epoxy floor paint sites. The sites are always slick and obviously designed by the marketing department and not the technical staff. They offer prices that range from super cheap to way too high. They tend to be full of promises, pictures and claims, but very weak on actual technical product information about the product itself. The often fail to mention that all epoxies yellow in UV and sunlight, that surface preparation and surface conditions, which are outside the control of the epoxy vendor, can often be a real problem that can make or break a project. Potlife and mixing issues are also downplayed.

I often see claims that if true would be breakthrough advancements in the coating industry, but never mentioned in coating industry trade magazines/journals or used/mentioned by the major epoxy/paint/chemical companies. Experienced epoxy users know these claims are too good to be true, but they make good promotional copy for selling to non-industry buyers.

Problems and issues associated with 2 part chemical products (epoxies) purchased online buy inexperienced users can be difficult or impossible to resolve. Who is at fault when the problem is due to user inexperience, an unsuitable surface or conditions, poor surface preparation, purchasing the wrong product, or damage in shipping?

Professional sites also make easily available technical product data sheets and MSDS (required Material Data Safety Sheets - which includes a chemical ingredietns list, necessary for comparing different products and different products from different vendors). I find these are often missing in many of the flashy DIY sites. It is a Red Flag and usually means they are hiding product chemical information which can give an educated viewer a good idea of the quality and potential performance of the epoxy.


Brent L. who ordered our solvent free, commercial grade, Industrial Floor Epoxy emailed: "A few weeks ago I ordered epoxy, color chips and UV Poly top coat for my garage (1700 sqf t). You may or may not remember an order of 15 gal of epoxy to Bismarck, North Dakota....

Anyway, I have half the floor done (half because of moving everything in my garage from one side to the other) and the floor looks awesome. People that have seen it are astounded, they've never seen anything like it because no one around here supplies industrial epoxy.

In high school (Calgary, Alberta) I used to work for a company that specialized in epoxy patching of concrete, so I am somewhat familiar with epoxies. I spent many months researching on the Internet what products are available and their cost. The product you have supplied is top notch and I have passed on your name to anyone that is interested."


Epoxy Floor On Large Garage - primer/base/chips/clear coat

"Good afternoon Paul!

My floor is done and it is all over but the smell from the two part polyurethane top coat.

. HA! Cool temps worked in my favor to keep pot-life long but the rainy weather tried to work against me. I ended up tarping over my garage door opening so I could get the area under the seal done without dealing with water on the floor. A cheap rubber squeegee from Harbor Freight was an essential item because it is way too tough to get even distribution of the industrial floor epoxy with just a roller. The squeegee was the same price as a single 24" roller tube anyway and it worked great. I ended up broadcasting chips into the epoxy rather than the clear coat because I wanted a slightly smoother floor. It probably took more chips this way but I think it was a fair trade.

If I had to do it over again I'd seriously consider putting chips into a clear epoxy middle coat because even with two coats of poly my basement floor is a bit rougher than I thought it would be. I ended up putting a third coat of UV Poly on the garage floor and it still seems pretty non-skid but is smooth enough that it will be easier to keep clean.

The coverage estimates were spot on for Floor epoxy and UV Poly top coat. The Primer was another story, my basement floor was pumped concrete and after bead blasting it was like a cement sponge! The poured concrete on my mail level took the primer as expected.

I'm very happy with the results and will be ordering another gallon of UV clear from you when it is time to do the steps and landings.

Thanks again!"

Gordon 4/16

About 1600 sf business floor - used Esp 155 primer sealer, 15 gallons of Industrial Floor Epoxy and Acrylic Poly UV Plus two part clear epoxy topcoat. Chips purchased direct from


 MOISTURE CURED URETHANE EPOXY ALTERNATIVE -  ALUMINUM ALUTHANE -------  I  received an email on aug. 7th from Sgt. Josh X reminding me how well Aluthane  works on floors. "Hello, Have used aluthane before and it is an amazing product. Applied it to a shop floor 6 years ago and no chips or scratches."



Sending people to our FLOOR LINKS site, telling them how to buy decorative paint chips to put into their epoxy direct from the chip manufactures, and suggesting folks email or call me (603-435-7199) AT ANY TIME with their questions about epoxy floors has put me in trouble. I've been banned for life (7/2014) from a popular internet Epoxy Floor forum site. This forum is dominated and run by several epoxy vendors whose purpose is not to help unsuspecting  visitors to the site, but rather to sell them product. My private postings to those visitors with honest information and anytime help was seen as a threat to their less than honest methods of generating business.





Warehouse Floors

Industrial Floors

Restaurant Floors

Residential Floors



Good Chemical Resistance

Easy 2:1 Mixing Ratio

USDA approved for Incidental Food Contact






This Industrial Floor epoxy is a 100% solids, USDA acceptable (for incidental contact) epoxy flooring

resin designed as a stand alone top coat and as a binder for non-skid surfaces. It is non-blushing and

non-water spotting. It bonds to cold, damp surfaces and is high gloss, self leveling and color stable.




Roll on top coats

Broadcast base and top coats

Binder for mortars

Supports most industrial traffic

Provides an easy non skid surface




Good chemical resistance

Convenient 2 to 1 ratio by volume

Tenacious bond to most substrates

USDA acceptable for incidental contact

Environmentally safe, solvent free system




Viscosity at 72F:

Part A: 650 cps

Part B: 350 cps

Mixed: 500 cps





COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH ........... ASTM D695 12,000 psi


TENSILE STRENGTH ..................... ASTM D638 3,900 psi

ELONGATION AT BREAK ............. ASTM D638 7.00%



CS-17 WHEEL, 1 kg LOAD ............. ASTM D4060 0.10gm loss


WATER ABSORPTION .................. ASTM D570 0/07%

(2 hour boil)


FLEXURAL STRENGTH ................. ASTM D790 7,800 psi


SHORE D HARDNESS .................. ASTM D2240 89


HEAT DISTORTION ....................... ASTM D649 122F



BOND STRENGTH TO ................... 100% Concrete failure



APPLICATION RATE ..................... 115 sq. ft./gal (175 sq. ft./gallon and a half kit)


COLORS .......................................... Gray and beige




The Benefits of Solvent Free Epoxies

(zero VOC - 100% solids)

(Same for epoxy paints and epoxy floor paints - see differences between)


* A smooth non-porous, cleanable with strong cleaners surface (thus antimicrobial - mold and mildew resistant) and great  for children's play rooms, bathrooms, showers etc.). Thus common in garage, shops, labs, trailers, etc.

* Solvent free epoxies little or no odor and no solvents to fill the air (great news for allergy and asthma prone during application)

* Wet thickness equals dry thickness (and it is a thick coating to start with) - so equal in thickness to many coats of 'regular' paint.

* Thick and self leveling it fills and hides small chips, depressions, cracks etc. Fill them during application and they will not reappear when the epoxy cures.


DISADVANTAGES - all solvent free epoxies yellow, especially in sunlight --- they will scratch ---  they have a surface bond only so they needs a top notch bonding surface to adhere to --- there are MOISTURE DURING CURE issues -- solvent free epoxies have a short pot life (working time during application) - air escaping from concrete can form bubbles in the thick solvent free epoxy (there are ways around this, but you need to be told of this possible issue).


CONSUMER WARNINGS - *** Some questionable epoxy vendors like to imply that only their solvent free epoxy has these benefits, which is not true. *** Some questionable epoxy vendors will compare their solvent free epoxy to other vendor's water based epoxies and solvent based epoxies. These are unfair comparisons designed to make their products look 'superior.'***  Some questionable vendors will deny their epoxy yellows (water based epoxies have limited yellowing - dark colors don't show yellowing). *** Some vendors will promote 'special epoxies (novolac, cycloaliphatic, flake filled, coal tar, etc.)  when they are not necessary for your intended application. *** Some questionable epoxy vendors will 'forget to mention' the potential disadvantages and problems listed above.  *** No epoxy vendor can know the condition and suitability of your surface for an epoxy coating, nor can they oversee your surface preparation, and weather/environmental conditions during your DIY epoxy application. So all vendor Warranty documents  have a built in escape mechanism and are presented only as marketing tools to get your business. All that an epoxy vendor can actually warranty is that when mixed correctly the product will harden and have the physical properties described in the product data sheet. An honest epoxy vendor will tell you this up-front.



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NOTICE: Legal notices, Terms of Service, warranty information, disclaimers, health warnings, etc. are required reading before using web site, ordering and/or using Products. Any such use and/or ordering, online or by telephone, shall constitute acceptance and knowledge of all such terms. CLICK HERE  to access these terms. Please note: Whenever you purchase from this web site, and with each new purchase, you are granting us full and complete permission to add you to our email newsletter list at our option. Accessing this web site, and/or purchasing our products, grants Progressive Epoxy Polymers, Inc. permission to add you to our email newsletter list. You may opt out from the newsletter at any time (link to do so can be found on the newsletter).

RETURNS: call or email for authorization to return. Returns are subject to a 25% restock fee. Customer pays return shipping and must comply with federal DOT shipping requirement/labeling for hazmat epoxies under penalty of fines and legal action.

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