Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 15
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FrankMichigan Solvent based clear is a must!
My garage floor was in dire need of attention. The floor had spills and leaks on it over the last 20 years so as a professional painting contractor I ruled out any water-based coating. Let me add, i don't do epoxy but I do understand the basics so in order to achieve a professional industrial strength coating, these are some key steps I took...
- A decent garage floor can be acid etched however my floor, even after being cleaned with a degreaser, still had visible stains so I rented a grinder. This gave me a clean porous surface for top adhesion.
- The smell of a solvent based epoxy can be a bit much, but please remember solvent base is what you want for a strong durable floor that won't peel.
- Use at least 2 gallons for you final topcoat and don't stretch out the product because it will affect the sheen so make sure to apply it liberally.
My floor was done in Epoxy Shield solvent base....couldn't be happier.
May 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Melaine great product... apply on easily within 90 mins
had coated the floor with the epoxy shield and one common mistake many folks make.. ithey did not add the clearcoat... and this missing layer .. might be the cause of the peeling etc..
mix the 2 tins... activator / base and had my roller and halogen spotlight ready..... i skipped using the paint tray... and pour the mixed compound on the floor direct and spread it with the roller... this gave it a more uniform coat... of course.. once you add in the antiskid... stir stir stir.... everytime i poured a small portion on the floor ... had some left over and i spread it over the section where heavy foot traffic is apparent... example the side exit doorway of the garage...
am letting the garage cure for at least a week... before i move my stuff in... and another 2 weeks.. before i drive my vehicles in the garage...
July 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by andychops EpoxyShield clear coat
This stuff is great, it makes the floor look like it's wet all the time... very glossy. It's also very good at hiding the imperfections from the EpoxyShield floor coating. After my gray floor coating dried, there were some areas that had a white cloudy residue (not sure why), and it wouldn't come off. I also had to do my garage one half at a time because I've got too much stuff in there to do it all at once. So there was a noticeable line between coats. Anyway the clear coat pretty much took care of all these problems and now it looks virtually flawless. If you've already spent the time and money to epoxy the floor, spend the extra 100 bucks and clear coat it. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.
Oh and all the other reviews about the smell are correct, it really stinks. But it was still relatively painless to apply (easier than the floor coating). Also, don't get this stuff on your hands, very tough to get off!
January 30, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheSkymut Looks great, easy to apply
Application was easy with a roller. You have to get a good look to make sure you overlap and don't miss a spot, but it's fairly easy in good lighting. I gave it four days to dry and it looks outstanding.
October 8, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Garagefloorguy Looks Great, Kind Of Slippery
I added Premium Clear Coat over Rustoleum Epoxyshield gray garage floor. It looks beautiful! It added a mirror-finish to the (slightly less than) semi-gloss appearance of the epoxyshield. I used 3/4 package of the included traction granules. Probably not quite enough. The floor is definitely somewhat slippery when wet. I should have used the entire package.
** Here's an installation tip... stir frequently during installation. The traction granules settle out quickly. By frequently I mean every time you're dipping the roller into the paint tray, stir up the granules in the paint tray first. Also, every time you're adding from the can to the paint tray, stir aggressively before pouring. Believe me, stirring both ways are necessary if you want even traction across the entire area. I did not stir frequently enough (in the paint tray) and ended up with acceptable traction in some areas and poor traction in others. Good luck and enjoy!
November 7, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by barby1962 Epoxy shield
I painted my cement floor and put this over it and it looks GREAT! Crystal clear coating, no yellowing, extremely durable. Only drawback were the overwhelming fumes while applying it, and waiting for it to cure. Need to apply in very warm enviroment to keep air bubbles from forming.
October 3, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Great Product, just make sure you have excellent lighting
The clear coat really makes an epoxied floor go from good to great! This looks really good, just make sure you have a very well lit area, as it is tough to see the product on the floor. I ended up using a flashlight as I was putting it down to see where the product was/wasn't. I had a friend keep stirring the pot to keep the anti-skid from settling and it really helped. I used 2 coats of EpoxyShield Professional epoxy (purchased online from another vender, as the product sold at Home Depot is a water-based epoxy vs the professional line is a solvent based epoxy) before this. My garage is 570 square feet, an extra large 2 car garage, this didn't have enough I really need 1 and a 1/4 of a kit to do the floor. I ended up using 1.5 kits of base on the first coat and another kit on the 2nd coat. My recommendation for the epoxy floor is 2 coats of base color and 1 coat of clear. My first coat of base color looked really blotchy, as it absorbed into the concrete at different levels. The second coat made the floor really look good, with a very even color and gloss. The clear coat made it look simply amazing. This is highly recommended just make sure you have good lighting and a friend to help stir and paint the edges of the garage.
April 26, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kdougboy Clear Coat
I used the epoxy to do my basement floor in the utility and workshop areas. The epoxy looks much better and besides the strong smell was fairly easy and pain free. Look great as a finished product. I decided to use the clear coat for durability since I only used 1 coat of epoxy and to help level the floor since my concrete was very rough. The clear coat is very smooth, not like the epoxy finish at all. It dries with a wet looking finish and makes the floor very smooth. I read that some people have a problem with this clear coat when it gets wet and I would believe it. I used the grit mix that came in the package and you can't see the grit that much, but it is still very shiny and smooth. So again the smell is an issue with this product, not as bad as the regular epoxy (the smell was gone by the next day where with the base coat of epoxy the smell lingered for the better part of the week) but the clear coat looks much more professional and smoothed out the small imperfections from the epoxy.
January 19, 2009