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Safely Coating a Garage Floor With Epoxy

So you want to be the envy of your neighborhood?  Think about the guy with the perfect showroom garage, where the only thing in it is the meticulously maintained classic car.  You know the one: the neighbor with the garage floors that are so clean you can eat off of them.  Well you may not have the classic car, and you may have to use your garage for storage, but you can have that epoxy showroom floor.  It might just be easier than you think.

Before applying an epoxy garage floor coating, you must be sure that you prepare your floor properly, to assure a long lasting finish.  Removing everything from the floor of your garage is only the beginning.  You must also be sure to thoroughly sweep, dust, and even use a shop vac to remove any debris from the garage floor.  Once this is completed you will want to check your floor for stains, and remove them with a mixture of bleach and water or use a cleaner made just for this purpose.  Be sure to wear hand and eye protection when using bleach mixture or cleaners.  When completed you will want to use a pressure washer or hose to wash any residual cleaner from the floor and allow it to dry completely.

Once dry you can now repair any chips, cracks, or holes in the cement floor.  Most garage floors have cracks, but these can be easily fixed with concrete patch.  Be sure that the floor is completely dry before you apply the patching material.

Now that your cracks are repaired, you can perform a water test to determine whether or not you will need to etch the floor.  Etching is the process of creating a porous base for the paint or epoxy to bond to.  It is not mandatory, but it will assure a long lasting finish.  Testing your floor is as easy as pouring a small amount of water over the floor.  If the water dissipates and is absorbed by the floor, it probably is suitable for painting.  If it beads up and pools, you will need to etch the floor.

After etching, you are ready to apply your first coat.  Epoxy slowly dries, and once you prepare the mixture you will need to use it or discard it.  It is advisable to make only what you need for the first coat, as you will not be able to store it.  Epoxy is also has a very strong chemical base and will emit harmful fumes. It is highly recommended that you wear a respirator when applying epoxy and keep all windows and doors open for ventilation. Apply the first coat in sections until you have completely covered the garage floor and be sure you work your way to the door.  You do not want to paint yourself into a corner!

Once you have completely applied the first coat you will need to allow the floor to dry for at least 16 hours.  You can then apply the second coating.  Epoxy will take up to 3 days to fully cure.  You can walk on it after a day, but it is advised that you do not park your car over it until it is completely cured.  This will prevent the seal from becoming weakened, and will give your new garage floor a long life.


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