Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY Rhino Epoxy Floor Coating Kit

Rhino Liner has entered the DIY garage floor coatings arena. Rustoleum Epoxy Shield now has a little competition.














Rhino Linings offers a whole lot more than just truck bed coatings and they are entering the DIY market.
Rhino Linings has set out to develop the highest quality of high performance coatings based in polyurea, polyurethane, and epoxies. There actually have five "divisions" of their coatings:

  1. Vehicle Protection. (bed liners)
  2. Industrial. (polyurethane, poly urea, and polyaspartic)
  3. Epoxy. (any two part mix)
  4. Concrete Solutions. (stamping, flaking, trowel top, tuff grit... etc
  5. Military. (fuel containment systems)
Rustoleum is more of a do it your self kind of company and they don't really focus in commercial coating like Rhino. A company, like Rhino, that primarily focuses on industrial coatings could probably put out a better product since they are more influenced by creating chemicals that have to hold up to extremes. Its hard to analyze the exact chemical difference so we can take a look at the box contents and features to see if one logically stands out as a superior product. 

This system sounds similar to Rustoleum's Garage Epoxy System. The box contents are very similar too:

Rustoleum Shield
 Box Contents


($84.86)
DIY Rhino Epoxy Floor Coating
 Kit Box Contents

($78.97)
1 Gallon of Paint
½ Gallon Resin
1 Quart Activator
½ Gallon Hardener
Color Chips
Color Chips
Concentrated Floor Cleaner 
Citric Acid Concentrate
Stir Stick
Stir Stick
Detailed Instructions and DVD
Detailed Instructions and
MSDS Information

Both Products are very similar in features too:


-Features-
Rustoleum
Rhino
Indoor Use Only
Yes
Yes
Protection from Grease, and Oil
Yes
Yes
Two Part Water Based Epoxy
Yes
Yes
One Coat
Yes
Yes
Protection from Hot Tire Pick Up
Yes
Yes
Coverage
250 Sq Ft
250 Sq Ft
Colors Available
30
(tint base)
3
Sheen of Finish
Gloss
Semi-Gloss
Cost
($84.86)
($78.97)
Where to Buy?
Any Home Improvement Center
Currently Internet Only:
Amazon, Ebay, or Buy Rhino .com

The choice is hard to make because the products are so similar. Currently the Rustoleum product stands out as the winner because of its availability to buy it. Rustoleum's products can be bought in any major retail store. Its also tintable in 30 colors whereas the Rhino product is only available in three. 

Maybe when it comes down to it it might be a choice of saying the following when asked about your sweet looking garage floor:

"Yup, its Rhino Lined!" 
(That sounds cool)

"I used Rustoleum Epoxy Sheild."
(Not so cool sounding?)

What do you think? Which would you rather buy?



28 comments:

  1. Rhino Lined Garage Floors... sounds cool.

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  2. I like the idea of Rhino Linings brand recognition for having long lasting durable coatings. Cost being similar, I would totally pick the Rhino over Rustoleum. However, my experience with citrus cleaners leaves something to be desired. I don't believe they etch the concrete as well as an acid.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Completely agree about the citrus cleaners. They leave a lot to be desired. Acid is tried and true for concrete etching however some DIYers are a little intimidated about using acid. It was probably a decision that was left to the legal department at Rhino. Home owners dealing with acid just sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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  3. The Rhino product includes Citric ACID Concentrate. Sounds like an etcher to me...In fact the instructions for the product call the process an acid etching and requires all the usual safety gear for when working with acid. Available on Costco.com in a kit that covers 325 sq ft.

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