Discovering epoxy can be exciting because of all the possibilities. Unfortunately, these possibilities are limited by one’s expertise in pouring epoxy and leveling it. Moreover, the hot working environment that most epoxies require leads one to wonder if there’s an easier way to apply a coat of epoxy. A good solution for smaller-scale applications is an epoxy spray.
The top 4 epoxy spray paints are:
- Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub and Tile Spray
- Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
- VHT Gloss White Epoxy All Weather Paint Can
- Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray
In this article, you will learn about which spray is best for which situation and why. By the end, you will know what to get for your bathroom, indoors, exterior, and even decor. You will also pick up application best practices along the way, so bookmark and read on.
Best for Bathrooms: Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub and Tile Spray
While we consider this epoxy spray paint the best for bathrooms, its advantages also apply to kitchens as well. Generally, bathrooms have larger water exposure than other areas of a house. Depending on how cold the weather is, hot water use can create a humid environment. Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub and Tile Spray is formulated to withstand excessive water exposure.
It also has the kind of hold needed to keep a layer stable over something as smooth as a tile. Both of these properties can be advantageous outside of bathrooms. You might use this spray to coat a product that will be out in the rain or an object that is too smooth to be coated by an average resin.
The spray comes in a 12-ounce container, which is perfect for smaller projects. Given that you apply a thin coat, you can cover half a wall quite effortlessly. The product is pretty expensive if you start factoring in the cost of three cans, the average you’ll use for a large bathroom. Still, it is backed by one of the industry-leading brands, Rust-Oleum, which inspires confidence.
Aside from the brand value, the product also has a few other things going for it. One of these is its heat resistance, which allows you to coat your hot tub using this spray. You don’t have to worry about the hot water melting away the epoxy.
With some coats, you have to worry about the heat as well as the water; that’s not the case with most epoxies and certainly not with Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub and Tile Spray. It has over 4,800 reviews that come to a global average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, making this one of the best-rated products of its kind.
Best for Quick Projects: Krylon Fusion Spray Paint
This is positioned as an all-in-one spray paint by the manufacturer, but I have found it to be best for quick projects because of a few reasons. Firstly, it is dry to touch within 20 minutes of application. Secondly, it is reasonably priced if you’re interested in using one can to work on one small project. Quick projects can get messy in haste.
Fortunately, this product isn’t runny, which also keeps trails and beads of epoxy from drying over the surface. The last thing you want is for your quick-dry spray to also be runny, as the stray droplets will dry before you have a chance to fix them. With Krylon fusion, you don’t have to worry about that.
Among other things you don’t have to worry about is the epoxy chipping and coming off. If Krylon does one thing right, it is adhesion. This spray sticks really well, which one can assume from how it solidifies within 20 minutes. According to the manufacturer, this spray has 20 times the adhesion of a standard spray. I believe there is truth to this claim as it is really hard to get off a surface even after a few minutes of application.
The only drawback of this product applies if you’re looking for a clear coat/seal. This spray is black, and unless you want to cover an object in matte black, this product isn’t exactly suitable for your project. But if you want to give something a chic look while making it more durable, you should use Krylon Fusion; you won’t even have to buy paint.
The product is also the most reviewed one of its kind, with over 12,000 reviews and ratings on Amazon. The average of these stands at 4.6 out of 5 stars, with nearly 79% of the buyers giving it 5 out of 5 stars. With that much acclaim and a decent dollar value, I would get this spray if I wanted to coat and protect a surface with a black epoxy layer.
Best for Exteriors: VHT Gloss White Epoxy All Weather Paint Can
When it comes to surface coats, what works inside doesn’t work outside because there’s a difference in the environment. So, while a standard furniture spray might be great for your living room coffee table, it isn’t as ideal for a lounge chair that sits on your deck all day. VHT Gloss White Epoxy spray is an all-weather paint that coats a surface with a high-adhesion layer. It doesn’t require a primer, which makes application easier.
The best feature of this epoxy spray, however, is in the versatility of its durability. It can withstand exposure to water, humidity, heat, sunlight, and wind. It doesn’t corrode easily and withstands most household chemicals.
The product’s downside is that it isn’t transparent. You have to choose between gloss white (the default linked in product name) or satin black, which you can switch to from the product page. As long as you plan to coat a portion of your exterior in white or black, this product works.
The can is an ounce shorter than most options on this list, and given that you need significant amounts of epoxy to cover larger exterior surfaces, the value-for-money of this product can make one hesitate. That’s why you have to look at the 600+ reviews the spray has accumulated on Amazon, where its global average rating is 4.6 stars out of 5.
What’s worth noting is the specific rating because consumers have rated the product’s “value for money” at 4.1 out of 5 stars, which means that despite coming in smaller cans, the spray is enough for the price it commands. It is also rated at 4.2 stars for adhesion and durability, both of which are valuable for exterior epoxy.
Best for Decor: Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray
Epoxy is used in two major ways: to protect a surface and to beautify an object. Rust-Oleum Stone Creations Spray combines both and gives you the opportunity to not just coat and protect a piece of decor but to beautify it in the process.
The spray uses pigment and color contrast to create an interesting stone pattern that can be used to accent the boundaries of any piece of furniture or decor and turn it into objet d’art. It has excellent adhesion to wood, metal, and ceramic, which means you can make a variety of indoor items that have a similar theme.
That said, this spray isn’t ideal for 100% coverage. Anything covered entirely in a stone texture spray will appear too loud. In other words, you have to use this with a clear epoxy spray so that only a portion of an object has texture while the rest is coated with clear epoxy. This way, the entire object will be protected without over-repeating the stone texture.
Honorable Mention – For polishing Epoxy coats: Krylon Triple Thick Clear-Glaze Formula
Furniture polishing is a concept as old as furniture. Surfaces coated with. Epoxy paints and spray can also be glossed up using Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze formula, which is a great solution for adding a glossy touch to otherwise dull furniture.
The key advantage of the Krylon Triple Thick Clear-Glaze Formula, is in its ability to reduce the application time while increasing your furniture’s shine. With standard oil or acrylic polish, you have to worry about protecting the polish. With Krylon spray, you get the shine, and the shiny surface protects itself and the furniture underneath.
It has over 9000 reviews and ratings on Amazon, with an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars. This speaks for the consistency of the brand backing this product, as over 80% of its verified customers have rated the spray at 5 stars. Among noteworthy observations made by buyers is that the spray is a little runny and requires getting used to. For furniture, runny sprays are better provided they have good coverage, which is truly the case with the Krylon triple layer.
If you’re looking for a spray to coat your furniture with, you might be hesitant if your furniture features epoxy resin. Don’t worry, Krylon Triple Thick Clear-Glaze Formula can be used over resin and is compatible with an even wider range of materials, including plaster, metal, plastic, and even paper.
Epoxy sprays are great for quicker application and do not require the kind of preparation needed for pouring epoxy resin. When choosing epoxy spray for a project, make sure you know whether it is for beautifying or protection and which elements the coat will be exposed to. Also, note the amount of epoxy you will need and cross-reference it against the quantity of epoxy in the spray can. Knowing this, you will be able to pick the right product in the right quantity.