How do you apply epoxy to a floor?

For epoxy floor projects, our bar and table top epoxy works great in small areas like bathrooms and is often used for penny floors. It may not be cost-effective for larger areas. 

The epoxy does make for a slicker floor at first, but it will not be slippery after walking on it a few times.

To build an epoxy penny floor, do the following:

  1. Glue your pennies to the surface using Elmer's glue. Do not use super glue or hot glue; the epoxy can reactivate super glue and hot glue, and the pennies will become detached.
  2. If you don't intend to grout them, skip this step. Once your glue has dried, grout them. Allow the recommended drying time of your chosen grout brand.
  3. After the glue and the grout have dried, set up a temporary dam on any floor vents in your working area to prevent epoxy from entering them. Block off any exposed drains in your project workspace, such as a toilet drain hole.
  4. Begin the seal coat process:
    1. Keep the temperature above 75°F while you work and for 72 hours after you've finished to allow the epoxy to cure.
    2. You can use a space heater in the room or use the thermostat if you have one. For a thermostat, set it to 78 degrees, because they're not always accurate.
    3. Let the room acclimate to a higher temperature for at least one hour before you start your project.
  5. After the seal coat dries, you can start the flood coat process.
    1. Note: The entire flood coat must be completed in a single session to prevent lines from forming between coats.
    2. Start in the very far back of the room and pour your way out.
    3. After every batch that you pour you have 20 mins to pour the next batch near the previous to keep it seamless between batches.
    4. You also will need to use a heat gun or propane torch to remove air bubbles from the flood coat. You'll have 30 mins from the time you apply the flood coat batch to do this.
    5. Continue this process until you are out of the room.
  6. Once you're done pouring the flood coat, allow it to cure for 72 hours. Continue keeping the temperature above 75°F.
  7. Once 72 hours have passed, you can return the temperature to normal levels and remove any temporary dams you constructed.
  8. For the final step, put a flooring urethane over the epoxy to protect it from scuffing.

An epoxy penny floor

An epoxy penny floor with a bathroom sink

An epoxy penny floor in a large bathroom

An epoxy bathroom floor

An in-progress epoxy penny bathroom floor

A bathroom with a fully cured epoxy penny floor

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