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Garage Floor Paint Epoxy Painting Tips

If you are looking for a garage floor paint then there are several choices you can make but there is only one that will give you a long term coating.  If you are looking for a product that is easy to apply and will withstand almost anything you can throw at it then this is the one you need.  Use an epoxy garage floor paint and you won’t have to worry about your floor for years as long as you follow some basic tips for the project.

The number one key to remember with epoxy paints on concrete surfaces is that the material the paint is going on must be prepared properly.  If it is a new concrete slab, then wait at least 28 days before application.  It is even better to wait 6 or 8 weeks to be sure the majority of the concrete has cured and is no longer “green”.

If the floor is older then you need to check for two things.  First, is there a coating of some sort on it now?  If so, you will want to scrape any loose pieces off.  A roof scraper works good for this job as it can catch the edge of any parts of the old coating which are peeling up.  Next, be sure to rough up the coating that remains.  You can use a rough sand paper on this with a sander or even a shot blaster to remove the paint.  The key is, the surface needs to be able to adhere properly to the epoxy and this will not happen if the original covering is slick and shiny.  If you have a seal coat applied then it will need to be removed by grinding or shot blasting.

The other thing to check out is whether the floor is clean.  And by this I mean absolutely clean.  You not only need to get up all dirt, mold, and mildew, but you also must remove any stains.  Petroleum stains are the killers of an epoxy floor coating.  If you don’t remove them from the surface then the new coating will have no way to stick.  A good quality degreaser is absolutely imperative when painting a floor with any type of coating.  You may need to do the degreasing two times to get all the stains out.

Many epoxy coatings also recommend etching the surface to allow for better adhesion.  You do this with a weak mixture of muriatic acid.  This is also known as hydrochloric acid or HCl.  Remember this is an acid and thus requires the proper safety precautions and equipment.  It is best to apply the solution with a garden sprayer, scrub with a wide floor broom, and then rinse liberally with water.  Be careful of the runoff because it can harm lawns and other plants as well as animals.  The key is to dilute it with a lot of water.

Some other tips for applying an epoxy garage floor paint are:

  • Mix the epoxy in small batches so can be sure to get it applied before it sets up
  • Mix all epoxies thoroughly for at least 3 minutes
  • Use clean buckets or pails for mixing
  • Be sure to measure the volumes accurately when combining the resin and the hardener
  • Always mix the hardener into the resin
  • Warm epoxy sets up faster than cold epoxy
  • Wear the proper safety attire when working with any epoxy
  • Dispose of all epoxy waste appropriately
  • Be sure to read all directions at least twice
  • Don’t let epoxies sit on your skin, wash off immediately

If you follow these garage floor paint epoxy tips you will have a job that not only will you be happy with but will last you for years to come.

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