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Easy Garage Floor Coatings

Mar 27, 2008
If you've had it with ugly stains on your concrete garage floor, or if you're just plain tired of looking at boring grey concrete, maybe it's time to think about using garage floor coatings.

Epoxy floor coatings are poured on surface coverings that should be installed by a professional. The concrete surface needs to be prepared very carefully and the epoxy poured properly, or they can fail to stick. (Even with good preparation, though, epoxy coatings can fail to stick.)

Humidity and moisture are the usual causes of epoxy not sticking properly to concrete floors. After you wash the concrete, you need to wait long enough for it to dry; concrete retains water far longer than most other surfaces.

Humidity has the same problemmany products have guidelines as to what the humidity level in the air should be when applying them.

Just as water can keep epoxy from sticking to the concrete garage floor, so can anything else that's in the way. Dirt, dust, grime, and oil will also keep epoxy garage floor coatings from staying put.

Salts and other minerals rise to the surface of fresh concrete as it cures. You'll need to scrub the concrete clean of all these things and allow it to dry completely before you apply the epoxy.

When you have a professional install an epoxy floor coating, it will be a multi-day process that involves several steps. The first day consists of cleaning the floor, ensuring that all the grease, oils, and dust is thoroughly cleaned off.

Special chemicals and/or pressure washing may need to be involved. Afterwards, the floor needs plenty of time to dry.

Priming the floor with a specific floor primer is the next step. After it dries out in a day or so, the installer pours the epoxy finish over it.

It will be in one or two coats, with thickness varying based on the product. Lastly comes the sealer.

Epoxy is not the easiest or cheapest solution when it comes to garage floor coatings, but once the hassle is over with, you'll love the clean, slick surface.
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