Sherwin Williams ArmorSeal Epoxy Coating

Just over a year ago, my paint contracting company prepped and finished a 4500 sf concrete floor in a warehouse for a bread distribution company. Recently, at the one year mark, I went back to inspect the floor to see how it was holding up to fork lift, hand trucks, foot traffic and the hundreds of pallets that get slid around on it daily.

I wish I had more thumbs to give thumbs up to the ArmorSeal epoxy coating we used. The floor had a base coat of gray, yellow grids with stenciled letters for shipping/receiving locations, and a white perimeter safety band. I could not be more impressed with how this floor is holding up to the industrial traffic it is exposed to daily.

ArmourSeal is a hardcore coating that I would not recommend for use by do it yourselfers. There are other suitable products for residential concrete coatings, but for contractors who need to know that the product is as badass as can be, this is a good one. As always, prep is the key, proper mixing, follow the spec sheet for sweat ins and pot life, and without a doubt, wear respirators!

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. I agree that industrial coatings should be applied by professionals. I’m planning to have some large equipment be installed in my new workshop in the future. As such, it might be beneficial to try getting industrial coating for them for extra protection.

  2. Merle Gilliland says:

    Remodeling a aircraft hangar into a maintenance facility for deicing trucks. The client is requiring an epoxy floor covering in a large portion of this building, approximately 6,000 square feet. The user will be using fork-lifts in this area. What would your recommendation be for the epoxy product and what mil thickness would you recommend?

    Thank you.

    Merle Gilliland Architect

  3. Robert T. Trautwein PE says:

    Is this the best paint product to use on steel columns in a swimming pool area where chlorine pool water is present. We plan to grind away existing rust and apply two coats of SW Armorseal. Please give me your comments or a better recommended product.

    Robert T. Trautwein PE
    503 Washburn Ave
    Louisville, KY 40222
    Cell 502-759-4517
    Office 1-502-339-0246

  4. Doug Parsons says:

    I used this product on a Bobcat location in Virginia Beach. It was a remodel. This is the best product I have ever seen. It was applied over a year ago, and it is still holding up in both shine, and durability. It resist penetration from Hydraulic fluid, and most harsh chemicals. As the author said it should only be applied by a professional.

    • Scott Burt says:

      It really is a bulletproof coating. Glad to hear it is doing so well in such a harsh environment. We have used it in warehouse/distribution center applications with the same results.

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