Granite Look Epoxy Flooring Kit!
We've formulated our 100% solids Military Grade "Armor Ultra Epoxy" coating in an extra thick version with our decorative epoxy chips to create the only DIY epoxy kit with a real Granite look! Similar installed floors by franchise companies cost up to $5000.00! Armor Granite is our top of the line garage epoxy kit and our best seller.
Armor Granite is self leveling, skid-resistant, impact resistant, chemical & salt resistant and at 23 mils thick it's more than twice as thick as our closest competitor and over 10 times thicker than store bought epoxy kits! With 20 lbs of chips, you get full floor coverage, no other kit comes even close! It makes any floor look gorgeous! Great for garages, work shops, retail stores and many other commercial applications.
With 3 coats of high gloss clear topcoat Armor Granite's finished look and durability cannot be matched by home center products or any other online kits.
Although well marketed, brand name kits are prone to failures and cannot hold nearly the same amount of chips! That's why they have less than 3 lbs of chips!
Armor Granite cures to a rock hard finish that has such incredible adhesion ability it actually becomes part of the first layer of your concrete floor. Plus you'll be amazed at how beautiful your floor looks! Similar to our Armor Chip but with a thicker version epoxy, 12 more pounds of chips, extra topcoat and spiked soles, it's the top of the line epoxy floor kit! Each full kit will cover up to 500 sf and each add on half kit will coover up to 250 sf. Please allow a safety factor when ordering, please see ordering guide lines In the COVERAGE tab at top of this page.
Patterns 1, 2, 7, 8 and Harley Gray are our most popular.
YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM EPOXY AND CHIP COLOR COMBINATION. SEE COLOR CHART TAB AND ENTER YOUR CUSTOM COLOR SELECTIONS IN THE COMMENT BOX AT BOTTOM OF CHECKOUT PAGE.
Armor Granite is guaranteed for 10 years against Hot Tire Lifting or Discoloration, Staining, Cracking, Yellowing, UV Fading and the ONLY kit guaranteed against Wear for 5 years in residential applications! Other systems may cost less but can't & won't guarantee their product against wear at all! That's because low grade solids epoxy and water based epoxies don't have the durability Armor Granite has and get worn out faster than you think from hot tire abrasion! They may stay stuck to your floor but that has nothing to do with wearing out or dulling! Armor Granite is truly a one of a kind product!
Did you know that when you broadcast the chips onto the wet epoxy they DO NOT fully embed themselves. They are only stuck to the surface giving the floor a slight texture. So if you don't "Seal In" your chips with a topcoat, do you really think that the tires on your car that can reach 180 degrees aren't going to grind, peel and wear off the exposed plastic chips and the epoxy with them? You'll be very unhappy when that happens, unless you started with so few chips you won't notice they're gone!
The Chips also have a small dimensional edge that will continuously collect dirt and grime! You will be constantly scrubbing your floor clean instead of simply wiping it clean in minutes! These are indisputable common sense facts.
For workshops or workshop type garages select the single coat Military Grade Topcoat. This provides added protection via a chemically harder finish when working on a regular basis with heavy rolling tool chests, tools or equipment. Also use the upgraded topcoat when using vehicles such as tractors, large ATVs or rubber tracked equipment such as Bob Cats. Woodworking shops that use stationary type equipment are ok with the standard topcoat. For retail locations with normal foot traffic such as beauty salons, clothing stores or offices use the standard topcoat. For high volume foot traffic and or shopping carts use the upgraded topcoat for best results.
We provide you with everything needed to complete the job including easy to follow clearly written instructions with the first time users in mind.
Armor Granite is for use on concrete floors and curbing or wood trim and can be applied to previously painted floors if the paint is still in good condition.
The Armor Granite system is 100% environmentally safe, no odor, and fully government approved in all 50 states.
Images above are of our standard color combinations, for custom color combinations click the color charts above and select your base color epoxy and up to 6 chip colors. Order a kit in the base color you desire and then list the color chips in the comment box on the checkout page and we will process your custom order accordingly. Please allow 2-3 additional days for a custom color combinations.
The following are descriptions of our standard color combinations;
COLOR=MAROON>PATTERN COLOR DESCRIPTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Pattern #1 is Light Gray Epoxy with Black and White Chips.
Pattern #2 is Medium Gray Epoxy with Black, Blue and White Chips.
Pattern #3 is the same as #2 but with no Black chips.
Pattern #4 is Beige Epoxy with Hunter Green, Light Green and White chips.
Pattern #5 is Beige epoxy with Black, Brown, Tan and Gray Chips.
Pattern #6 is Medium Gray Epoxy with Red & White chips.
Pattern #7 is Tan Epoxy with Brown, Chocolate, Clay, Black and White chips.
Pattern #8 is the same as #7 but with more Brown and Black chips than #7 for a darker richer look.
Pattern 7 & 8 is a combo of the two patterns and the additional epoxy and 3" roller is included for making the grout lines. If grout lines are desired for another pattern click Epoxy Checker Board for grout kit application and description.
Pattern 9 is Charcoal Gray epoxy with Primary Blue, Black and White chips.
Harley Gray is a custom Light Gray with Lt Blue, Black and White Chips
Harley Dark Gray version is our Dark Gray base coat with Primary Blue, Black and White chips.
1.Clean/wash the floor well (power washing is preferred for best results)to remove ALL dirt, loose paint and any other contaminants. If your floor was previously coated with an inferior epoxy that has failed or is beginning to fail please refer to these set of images on how to properly redo your floor with Armor Chip. How To Coat Over An Existing Epoxy. Please note that if a major percentage of the floor is peeling or flaking off it means that its only a matter of time before the entire floor fails and it's best to completely remove the coating.
Apply epoxy in floor temperature range of 55-95 degrees. Do not apply if raining.
If you are grinding your floor it is still recommended that you etch the floor as you are rinsing off the dust from grinding, this will ensure the concrete pores are clean and open. Our epoxy will permanently bond into those open pores. If applying over an existing coating see the link at the bottom of the MUST READ page for instructions on how to do it correctly.
3. Mix the contents of each individual can of the two part epoxy and then mix the two parts together at a 2 parts A to 1 part B ratio. Use two measured containers to get accurate amounts of each epoxy part(2:1 ratio). Pour the container of A and the container of B into the supplied 6 gallon bucket and mix thoroughly for 3-4 minutes. DO NOT mix all the epoxy at once, this is not like store bought epoxy paints that have a pot life of up to 8 hours. Armor Granite is pure Military Spec epoxy that works on 100% catalytic reaction so the more you mix the more reaction you get. Armor Granite has a pot life of about 45 minutes. If you mix all the epoxy at once you will have a bucket of concrete in about five minutes.
We recommend doing your floor in 3-4 batches per kit, the smaller batches will allow you to apply the epoxy and chips without rushing and still have plenty of work time left over as a safety margin. Apply a bead of the mixed base color coat from the container in a left to right direction directly to the floor do not use a roller pan. Spread evenly over a 4-5 ft wide strip(you can do much larger sections if purchasing the optional spiked soles) with supplied notched squeegee. Then roller over to smoothen. Armor Chip Epoxy will automatically be at the proper thickness. Don't worry about the epoxy drying on the roller or squeegee, when you mix the next batch up it will reactivate the epoxy for another 45 minutes of pot life.
4. While the epoxy is wet, apply the supplied color chips by simply tossing them slightly up into the air and at a 45 degree angle away from you so that they freely rain down onto the epoxy in an even pattern. We give you plenty of chips to achieve the look your eye thinks is best. You can use as much of the chips as you want without worrying about running out. Avoid tossing too many chips at a time so that you don't wind up with piles of chips which will spoil the the look of your new floor. Tossing a little at a time is best. Leave the last 6 inches of the epoxy without chips. You will overlap the epoxy from the next section onto this area and then apply the chips. All the sections will blend together to form a single monolithic seamless finished coating. Using the spiked soles you can see an alternate method a customer shared with us for spreading the chips that works amazingly well at bottom of this page.
5. Once you have completed the first section repeat steps 3 & 4 until done. Note: After the first section you may do larger areas as you get comfortable working with the epoxy. You should be done painting and applying chips in about 2 hrs per kit. Use Xylene for any clean ups(available at Home Depot or Lowes). Clean up any spills or splatters while epoxy is wet, once dry the only way to remove the poxy is via grinding.
6. Let epoxy & chips dry to the touch, usually in approximately 5-6 hrs, you can let the epoxy cure overnight also. Once dry to the touch sweep the floor good with a stiff shop broom or shovel with plastic edge to remove any loose chips or any chips that are sticking straight up. Then apply the clear topcoat to seal in the chips and magnify the beautiful high gloss finish. The chips themselves give the floor some texture but we recommend you use the nonslip additive supplied for added traction, mix it right into the third final clear coat. Allow first coat to dry to the touch before applying second coat and the same for the third coat. Clear coat dries to a touch/walk on, in about 2 hrs(you can move all your stuff back in at that point). If you are using the upgraded Military Topcoat you only have to do one coat. Apply the Military Topcoat as soon as epoxy is dry to the touch or first thing the next morning for best results. Military Topcoat dries to the touch in 5-6 hrs to walk on. Let either topcoat cure for 36-72 hrs before driving on it. That's it!
The kit contains:
Acid Safe etching solution
2 gallons extra thick epoxy, Part A (your choice color)mix in a 2:1 ratio with Part B.(Thicker version of Armor Chip)1 gallon epoxy activator/hardener, Part B.
20 lbs of colored chips(8lbs in Armor Chip)
3 gals. of crystal clear fortified topcoat for 3 coats(2 coats for Armor Chip).
Notched Squeegee for spreading epoxy at proper thickness
9" professional rollers
Power Mixing Paddle
Mixing Bucket, gloves and cut in brush.
Spiked Soles (not included in Armor Chip)/
Clear grip non-skid additive
If you previously coated your floor with a water-based floor epoxy or any other type of epoxy without a true urethane fortified topcoat that's under 10 mils thick, it's more than likely your floor already resembles the worn out Blue Arrow in the images below.
The biggest mistake you can make is not using a topcoat! Did you know that ALL solids based epoxy coatings are NOT UV stable? Without a polyurethane epoxy topcoat, ALL solids based epoxies will yellow and lose their gloss. Real Topcoats are much more expensive to manufacture and have a much harder finish than epoxies! Moreover, any topcoat that does not have a 20mg or less abrasion rating will fade and wear out prematurely—that's an indisputable epoxy fact. This is especially true if a company's topcoat is just a clear version of their epoxy. This offers no additional abrasion or UV protection than the epoxy without a clear coat. Simply adding in a UV additive does not make an epoxy a topcoat! In other words, it's a waste of time and money to apply a clear epoxy over your color epoxy with chips. To be a real Topcoat it must be polyurethane fortified and have an Abrasion Rating LESS THAN the epoxy it's coating! Our standard topcoat as measured by the industry standard Taber CS-17 abrasion loss test has an abrasion loss rating of 20mg and the Military Grade option has an amazing 4mg loss rating(the lower the better), no other topcoat comes close. Typical epoxy abrasion loss ratings are 24-40mgs or higher which makes them much much softer our Armor Chip finish. This means they will wear out faster. To sum it up polyurethane is to epoxy what rebar is to concrete. Leave out either of those items and both epoxy and concrete will fail, it's just a matter of when.