How to do Epoxy Garage Floor

How to do Epoxy Garage Floor?

How to do epoxy garage floor. This is a two-part process that starts with the preparation of the surface and ends with the application of the coating. Make sure to clean and dry the surface before starting, and be sure to follow all instructions carefully for the best results.

Epoxy floor coating

Epoxy floor coating

How to do epoxy garage flooring:

Clean the Surface

You must clean the surface with soap and water to remove all dirt, oil, grease, or other contaminants. You’ll need to use a degreaser if necessary (follow instructions carefully).

Dry the Surface

Thoroughly dry the surface before applying any coatings. This is especially important in hot weather when humidity levels are high since moisture in the air can cause condensation inside your coating that causes it to fail prematurely. It also disturbs the adhesion of your coating so you want to make sure there’s no water left sitting on top of the surface. Leave windows open for several days during humid spells, clean up spills quickly, and plan the installation in cooler weather.

You need to completely remove any waxes, silicones, Teflon, urethanes or other surface treatments from the floor using a degreaser such as Kerosene or paint thinner before applying your choice of epoxy coatings.

Repair and Power-Sand the Garage Floor:

Once you’re confident that all contaminants have been removed and the surface is completely dry, use a diamond pad grinding machine fitted with coarse pads (60-80) to remove any existing coatings from the floor and to grind out any major defects. Remove all dust with a wet-dry vac or shop-vac before proceeding.

Clean the Floor Again

After grinding, thoroughly scrub down your entire garage floor with a degreaser such as Kerosene or paint thinner. Thoroughly rinse away all residue and dry completely before going on to power sanding.

Power-sand your floor with a high-speed buffer fitted with 80 grit pads to remove all scratches. Scrub down the floor again with a degreaser, rinse away any residue, and dry completely before proceeding.

Allow Floor to Cure

At this point, it is best not to use your garage for several days or weeks depending on local weather conditions to ensure that your surface is completely cured. To help you achieve a complete cure, make sure the ambient temperature of your garage is at least 65 degrees F (18 C) and humidity levels are below 70 percent during application and curing time periods. The warmer the better! It’s important that you let surfaces dry out fully since failure to do so will result in epoxy coatings that fail prematurely.

Tape off the Floor Edges

Use painters tape or blue masking tape to protect all exterior surfaces you don’t want to be painted with your final coating including walls, any hardscaping (tiles, brickwork, etc) adjacent to your garage floor, and window sills. Cover areas where water could accumulate such as the perimeter of doors and thresholds.

How to do Epoxy Garage Floor

Installing Custom Epoxy Floor

Apply Epoxy Coating

Pour out the appropriate amount of Catalyst according to instructions since pours will vary depending on the number of coats required for desired appearance and thickness of application. Mix thoroughly by stirring with a paint stick before using a paintbrush or sprayer to apply an epoxy coating.

Most epoxy coatings take 8-12 hours to cure so you will need to wait at least that long before driving on it or doing any type of heavy, dirty work such as moving boxes and motorcycles around. Use a squeegee to clear off excess drips and spills after application, but be careful not to remove the coating itself unless absolutely necessary.

Finishing Touches: Pouring Epoxy Coating Into Gripper Joints

If you have a garage floor with expansion joints between sections of flooring material such as tiles, use an adhesive caulk specifically designed for this purpose such as Quikrete non-shrinking caulk to seal the joint.

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