Gaining knowledge of how to install a epoxy coating onto your garage floor is an easy process to learn when you have the correct construction materials and instructions. There are countless options available which include the standard gray to exotic applications that include concrete staining that have protective top coats.
One of the most important steps is to make sure that you prepare your garage floor surface before resurfacing. This means that you need to fill holes and fix cracks. The known leading factor to coating failures is the lack of surface prep done beforehand.
Of course etching your concrete floor is where you need to start. Here are a few ways to do this:
Acid etching is a typical way for many DIY floor applications when your need to resurface your garage floor. Before liquid acid was the recommended way, however over the years Gel Technology have combined acid with gel, so that it can be rolled on the garage concrete floor with ease. They are also easy and safe to use and ideal for garage floors. Not only that, but you can find acids that do not have any Volatile, Organic Compounds, or VOC’s, are soluble in the water and are safe for the environment. The gels present an even and consistent result that many are after. Liquid acids on the other hand can pose a problem as they are extremely diluted to begin. Because of this buyers are not aware that they are in fact buying water when they purchase liquid acid solution.
It is important that you fix any holes or cracks in the floor of your garage before commencing. If you have not prepared your garage floor surface properly beforehand you will soon experience unwanted moisture that will push itself up towards the surface causing your laid coating to chip and flake. Make sure that you fix any cracks with a suitable crack filler that should be thin enough so that it can fall to the bottom of the crack. Make sure that you also pay attention to any blemishes. Clean them of any loose materials and then apply a repair product.
Next you need to choose an epoxy coating for your garage floor. You should choose a product that is between 70% – 100% solid. If you purchase a epoxy kit from a shop you will soon find that once applied to your garage floor it will only look good that day, as they are generally weak. However high performance coatings are pretty easy to find, even if this is your first garage floor coating. If you have paid attention to cleaning and repairing your garage floor beforehand you will have a garage floor with a urethane top coat that lasts for many years. Also make sure that the epoxy your install can be cleaned easily and can handle hot tires.
There are countless tools available that can facilitate in measuring any moisture content that your garage floor is holding. One easy way to find this out is to simple put a rubber mat, or plastic on the floor. Do this in several spots, making sure to tape them down and leave for 3 to 4 days. If, when you come, you find moisture underneath that you will have what is called hydrostatic pressure. Once you have determined the moisture you can then simple buy a product known as the topical epoxy waterproofer. This can be rolled onto the floor, and then you can apply the epoxy coating.
When it comes to thinking about epoxy coating for your garage floor you should be weary of any low cost systems that are on the market. Even though the label says they can, they will not be able to handle hot tires or moisture. And even though they may give an excellent appearance when first put down, they soon go downhill after that.