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Epoxy vs. Enamel Paint

Knowing the Difference Will Save You Time & Money


Paint is paint, right? Well, not so much.

Applying a coat of paint means more than adding a decorative color. For commercial applications, painted surfaces function as protective barriers that are long-lasting, durable, and resistant to chemicals and heat/fire. 

There are many different types of products on the market, from enamel paint with matte or glossy finishes for residential purposes, to epoxy paint for industrial use. Your choice will depend on your project and the desired result.

Before you start your next painting project — whether it’s a home interior DIY or a heavy-duty industrial job — first determine the type of paint that’s best suited to your task. Not all paint is intended for household use; and conversely, not all paint is suited for an industrial site.

Epoxy Paint

Epoxy paint consists of a curing agent and a base, and the chemical reaction of the blend produces a hardened coating that is resistant to chemicals, weather, and heat/fire. Because it’s a surface that withstands heavy duty wear-and-tear, epoxy paint is often used for commercial and industrial applications.

For example, because of its resistance to chemicals, salt, and water, epoxy paint performs well as a protective barrier on concrete and steel. It’s also easy to clean and offers a high degree of protection from corrosive fluids, extreme temperatures, and high impact.

Enamel Paint

Enamel paint does not require mixing agents and chemical reactions. You pop the top, give it a little blending stir, and off you go. It’s less harsh than epoxy paint, but it’s also less durable — especially when there’s exposure to heavy traffic or chemicals. Repainting is often required.

Enamel paint finishes are washable and can be applied to flooring and metal (such as appliances, vehicles, and signs). It does require drying time, though, and often needs a layer of sealant to protect from dust, discoloration, or dust.

Rooster Fabrication Has the Answer

Unsure about the type of paint you should use for your project?

At Rooster Fabrication & Construction, we’re experts in steel fabrication and construction, and our team serves commercial industries such as oil, gas, energy, chemical, mining, transportation, agriculture, and farming. 

We offer durable solutions for industrial businesses and we’d be happy to provide a long-lasting product for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about all of our fabrication and oilfield services.