If you have a cement floor in your garage, consider adding epoxy to help protect the surface from cracking. Epoxy is a great way to spruce up a boring floor, as it leaves a high-gloss shine. Here are some instructions for you to follow if you would like the benefit of a nice-looking floor that will last for years to come.
Preparing The Surface
Before adding epoxy to a floor, it will need to be free of all debris. This helps the epoxy to adhere properly and will help it look more uniform in color. Start by filling a bucket with warm water and add a few tablespoons of a mild detergent. Dip a bristle brush in the solution and scrub down the entire floor by hand. You may need to use several applications of the soapy mixture to remove any deep stains. If you are able to rent a power scrubber, this may help save time.
Make sure to pay extra attention to areas where grease or oil may have puddled underneath vehicles, lawnmowers or generators. When the floor is scrubbed down in full, use a pressure washer or garden hose to rinse it. Allow it to dry completely.
You will want to fill in any cracks in your cement flooring before adding epoxy to give the floor a smooth surface. Use an epoxy cracking filling putty. This can be found in a hardware or home goods store in the paint department where you buy your epoxy. Squeeze the putty into any crack or crevice so the entire area is filled in. Use a putty knife to smooth the filler over the top of the cement and allow it to harden overnight. The next day, use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the putty so it is level with the rest of your cement floor.
After you have clean, repaired flooring, it will be time to add the epoxy coating. Do not start applying until you are sure there will be no precipitation for a few days. You will need to keep your garage door open while the epoxy dries, so it is best not to have moisture prevalent so the surface remains smooth after application.
Before starting the project, make sure you have a respirator available to wear over your nose and mouth. Epoxy emits strong fumes. Mix the epoxy with the required amount of water as listed on the packaging. It will need to cure for a few minutes before applying. This information is listed on the container, as well. Brush the epoxy on your garage floor using a regular paintbrush. Starting in a far corner and working your way back and forth to the front of your garage is best so you do not become trapped by wet epoxy.
Epoxy is available in a variety of colors, so pick out something that makes a statement or suits your personality. When you have finished painting it on the cement, let it dry for several days before walking or driving on the floor. You will be left with a rich-colored floor with a high-quality shine! If you aren't comfortable applying epoxy yourself, call a company, like Floorshield Inc., to do the job for you!Share
26 June 2015
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