Although you may be ready to make a change to your garage floor, hiring a professional to do the job may not be in your budget. Applying an epoxy floor coating is one of the best ways to improve the aesthetics of the room while also adding resistance to tire tracks, oil and gasoline that can stain or damage concrete. Once applied, the finish will last a long time and give your floor a new shine that improves the looks and performance of the entire garage.
If you have decided to apply an epoxy floor coating to your garage floor as a do-it-yourself project, you will need to follow some fairly simple directions.
• Choosing the epoxy coating for your floor is the first and most important step. There are epoxy coatings that are water-based, solvent-based or 100% solids. Avoid those with the water-base as these are thin and often used only as the primer. New VOC regulations have led to most solvent-based coatings becoming non-compliant. The 100% solid epoxy coating is the best choice for creating a durable coating in a high-traffic area and it is often the product of choice for professionals who want the maximum benefits from their floor coating. You may also want to choose a coating with non-skid additives to give pedestrians more traction. Purchase the necessary application tools at the same time to ensure you get the right ones for the coating.
• The floor will have to be prepared prior to the application of the coating. While this step is the most time-consuming part of the process, it is essential for having a successful application. Concrete that is smooth will need to be acid washed or shot blasted to add texture to the surface. Although applying an acid wash is easier, the sot blasting process provides the best results. During the preparation of the floor, you will also need to replace any missing concrete and fill holes.
• Use the brush or roller you purchased with the epoxy to apply the coating to the concrete. Read the instructions beforehand to learn the curing time and the number of coats that you should use. Most applications require a minimum of two coats. Don’t rush the process and apply the second coat too quickly.
• Some people like to add a coat of urethane to provide added strength to their floor coating. However, many feel that the additional layers of epoxy floor coating are all that is needed to create the strong, resilient floor they want in their garage.
If your floor has already had severe damage to occur to the concrete, it is advisable to hire a professional to take care of the prep stage. Once the repairs have been made, you can still apply the epoxy floor coating yourself. Never apply the coating to a floor that has not been repaired or your time and money investment will likely result in floor failure. Following these steps and the instructions on the product you choose will result in the beautiful, resilient garage room floor that will last for many years.