If you are wondering how to protect your concrete floor coatings and help it last for years then applying an epoxy coating on your garage floor is a great idea. The benefits of applying a coating far outweigh the negative aspects of not applying any protective coating at all. An epoxy is a long lasting protective finish that resists practically anything you throw at it including grease, oil and chemicals found in your garage.
If you want to paint your garage floor, this is how you do it:
Ventilate the garage
Major floor paints such as epoxy resin floor and surface master produce fumes when applying them. To protect yourself from these fumes, you should ensure that the garage is well ventilated. This calls for you to open the doors and windows in the garage for maximum aeration.
Clean the floor
You cannot apply paint on a dirty floor. Therefore, you should first clean it. To ensure that the floor is thoroughly clean, you should use a concrete or driveway cleaner to remove all the stains.
A good way to go about it is to spray the cleaner on the floor then wait for it to soak for a few minutes, and then scrub the stains using a brush. After scrubbing, you should rinse the floor with clean water. If there are stubborn stains on the floor, you should use a pressure washer to remove them.
Repair the cracks
If there are cracks in the epoxy resin floor, you should first repair them before you apply the paint. The good side is that there are many compounds in the market that aid in sealing the cracks. For maximum results, you should ensure that the floor is clean and dry before you apply the compound.
Etch the surface
Etching helps to open the pores on the concrete surface so that the applied paint can be absorbed. You should note that not all floors require etching.
To know whether your epoxy resin floor requires etching, you should sprinkle some water on the floor. If the water is quickly absorbed, you do not require etching; however, if water is not quickly absorbed, you should consider etching the floor.
Apply the primer
A primer is an undercoat that aids in maintaining adhesion to the substrate. The primer also aids in forming a uniform substrate. To apply the primer, you should use a long-handled paint roller. You should allow the primer a minimum of eight hours to dry before you apply the paint.
Apply the paint
You should first ensure that the paint is fully mixed before you apply it. To apply, you should use nylon brushes. You should first apply a thin even coat then wait for 24 hours then apply the second coat. You should avoid applying more than two coats as you will give the epoxy resin floor an ugly look. After applying the paint, you should wait for 24 hours before walking on the painted surface, and at least one week before driving on it.
The most important step in applying anepoxy coating on a garage floor is the preparation itself. If the floor is not cleaned properly, then the epoxy coating on the garage floor will not stick, and you will have to re-do the job from scratch. Sweep your floor with a good stiff bristled broom; this will remove all the loose dirt, dust and gravel from the floor. Use your bleach cleaner to soak on any stains on the floor. After you have let epoxy resin floor soak in for a few minutes, use your stiff bristled brush and scrub the stains, you may have to do this a few times to get the stains off.