Garage Floor Epoxy Coatings - The Most Reliable Epoxy Floor Coating System In Hoboken & Jersey City
Garage Floor Epoxy Coatings
If you are up to the challenge of installing your own garage floor epoxy coatings you need to be aware of all the right things to do. Read these helpful tips and make sure to follow them. Ignoring these tips will result in an inferior looking epoxy floor or worse, an installation failure.
Properly Prepare the Concrete Floor
Not preparing the concrete surface properly will result into a bad finish or epoxy failure. When the surface is smooth, epoxy will not adhere to it. The concrete floor must be free of contaminants, oil, grease, waxes and even existing sealers. You can do acid etching to achieve this if you do not have access to a grinder. The concrete surface needs to be rough so the epoxy will adhere and to avoid it from detaching from the surface during the curing stage.
Make sure the Concrete Floor is Free of Moisture
It usually takes about 24 hours for concrete to dry after acid etching. Applying epoxy in a still wet concrete will cause the finish to have bubbles because the moisture that are still in the pores of the concrete will go to the surface.
Never Stretch Out the Epoxy
Make sure you buy the right amount of epoxy material to cover the entire floor. Remember that a properly prepared concrete surface is porous so some of the epoxy will be absorbed. About 15% of the epoxy gets left in the sides and bottom of the container, too. It is also recommended that you never “squeeze out” to the last drop the epoxy coat from the mixing container. The epoxy at the bottom and sides of the container are never mixed well. Stretching the epoxy when you are almost running out of it will result in an uneven floor color, a lesser sheen and weaker garage floor epoxy coatings.
Make Sure to Mix the Epoxy Well
Make sure to mix the resin and the hardener well. Mixing the resin and hardener too fast will trap air in the epoxy which will cause bubbles when applied. Make sure to also to mix the resin and hardener in the right proportions. Read the package instructions carefully.
Follow the Temperature and Humidity Instructions
Applying epoxy at temperatures lower than the manufacturer’s recommendation may cause it not to harden and also cure the right way. Applying it in higher temperatures will reduce the pot life of the epoxy material making it difficult to apply. It may also cause bubbles to appear. Applying epoxy in high humidity will create moisture on the concrete surface which will cause the epoxy not to adhere well.
Before attempting to apply garage floor epoxy coatings on your own, make sure you know exactly what to do and what to expect. When in doubt, it would be best to work with an epoxy contractor in Hoboken.