How to Apply Epoxy Paint

What You'll Need
Epoxy paint
Paper towels or dishcloth
Liquid hand soap
Spray varnish
Paint brush or roller

Epoxy paint is a tough and hard wearing water-based paint which can be used on almost any surface, from walls and ceilings to floors and stairs. Epoxy paint is also exceedingly resistant to scratching and grazing, meaning that it won't be damaged by the general wear-and-tear of daily life. Applying a paint like this to any surface is usually best performed by an expert, as it can sometimes bubble and run, but it is cheap, usually fume-less, and unlikely to peel, so if you feel that you can give this project a go, then it is something that is well worth doing yourself. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the work done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Ensure that Your Surface is Clean

The first step is to make sure that the area that you will be applying the epoxy to is clean. Do this by rubbing it with a paper towel dipped in liquid hand soap. Once you have made sure that the surface is clean, you should dry it off using more paper towels or a dishcloth. Try to ensure that the wall is absolutely dry, as any moisture will affect the performance of the epoxy paint.

Step 2 – Add the Epoxy

Next you can start applying the epoxy paint to the surface. In order to get the best from your paint, stir the contents of the can thoroughly before use, as this will help to mix the ingredients together, preventing bubbling. Spread the paint in wide, even strokes, taking care not to leave air pockets, or parts of the brush behind in the paint. From time to time, stir the paint remaining in the can, as this will ensure that the ingredients stay together while you are using the paint.

Step 3 – Leave to Dry

Once that is completed, you will have to leave your paint to dry for several hours before you can decide whether it will need a second coat. You will have to ensure that no-one touches the paint while it is drying. If you do decide to add a second layer, in order to get a thorough cover of the wall, you will have to make sure that the surface is completely dry before repainting. Leave for around 24 hours to ensure complete dryness.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to give the surface a layer of varnish. This will help to add to the shine of the epoxy paint, and also give the wall a proper seal. You will again have to wait until the surface is completely dry before applying the varnish. Use a spray application to ensure that the walls are covered in an even coat.