Epoxy garage floor covering carries with it a number of advantages. Perhaps, the most obvious is that it can give any room a sparkling, showroom appearance that can completely alter the appearance of your garage. It can also make cleaning your garage floor much easier, and it will help to keep chemical spills and automotive fluids from ruining the concrete floor of your garage.
Garage epoxy floor covering can be difficult to properly install, especially if you don’t have instructions on how to do it. This article will provide a general procedure by which you can install this type of floor covering in your garage. Keep in mind that this is just a general procedure, and that you should always defer to any instructions with which you have been provided from the manufacturer. Use a quality product such as the one pictured below to ensure the best results, also.
Important First Step for Epoxy Garage Floor Covering
The first step, and perhaps the most important, involves surface preparation to insure that the epoxy will bond to the underlying floor. Chips and cracks in the floor must be patched. If you have a concrete floor, any concrete sealer that is present must be stripped off in order to insure that the epoxy garage floor covering will bond with the concrete. If the floor is painted, then the surface needs to be roughed up with a light sandpaper to insure adequate bonding. The floor must be clean of all dirt, grease, dust, and any other surface contaminants. This can best be done by renting a floor maintainer. Once you have done this, apply plastic sheeting around the garage to keep any etching solution or resin from getting on your walls, windows, garage storage, or any stained glass window film that you might be using to decorate the windows.
Pick up an etching solution at your local hardware store and mix it with water according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Wet down your floor, using a garden hose. Apply the mixture to an area on the floor that is furthest from the exit. Then, scrub with a bristled brush. Do this on the entire floor, while wearing protective clothing like boots, gloves, and glasses, as you don’t want the mixture getting into your eyes or on your skin. When you’re done with that, rinse the floor with the hose, and let it dry.
Open your epoxy can and stir the contents thoroughly to insure homogeneity within the resin. Pour in the epoxy hardener and stir the mixture vigorously for five minutes. Then, set the container aside for about 30 minutes, allowing enough time for the two components to react. Once you have done this, apply the mixture to the outer edges of the garage with a paint brush, and make sure that you have all cracks, crevices, and other surface imperfections thoroughly covered. Then, with a paint pan and nap roller, roll the epoxy onto the rest of the floor. Start with the areas that are furthest from the exit so that you don’t paint yourself into a corner. Make sure that there is plenty of ventilation as epoxies do give off fumes as they cure. Be careful of letting pets into the area while the epoxy cures also, as the fumes may be harmful to them. You also need to work quickly so that the epoxy doesn’t cure before you get it on the floor. Once the floor is covered to your satisfaction, allow 24 hours for the floor to dry. Repeat this process for every coat that you apply.
Once your garage epoxy floor coating is dry, all you have left to do is to remove the plastic sheeting, move your stuff back into the garage, and enjoy your new showroom-quality garage floor!