Let Us Talk About Epoxy Flooring for Your Home Garage Use
Epoxy is a tough and long-lasting coating which can be used as a paint to any concrete including your floor. Epoxy has the ability of resisting grease and oil and many other substances that can ruin an ordinary paint. It is easy to clean and maintain, and also available in variety of colors, keeping your garage floor attractive and sparkling clean for years. If you are planning to have this kind of flooring for your home, you have to remember that this is a challenging project that is better left to professionals, and not all concrete floor can hold a coating so it is important to prepare the concrete properly.
The the success of this type of garage flooring rely on proper preparation, so it is important to spend the entire first day scrubbing, vacuuming, cleaning and degreasing the floor, removing oil spots, etching it with a muriatic acid and rinsing. Day two is intended to fill cracks and application of the first coat of epoxy, followed by a second coat of the third day. This job does not require many special tools, but to have an easier job and successful result experts recommend to rent a walk-behind power floor scrubber with an attachment of stiff brush. Use brush for better scrubbing than using pads, but you can use pads if brush is not available. If you are finished scrubbing and cleaning the floor, you can sprinkle it with water and acid solution by pouring 12 ounces from a bottle of 32% muriatic acid into a gallon of water in a plastic sprinkler can, sprinkling it evenly over a 10 x 10 feet area. For testing the moisture content of your garage floor, tape a plastic bag to the garage floor and leave it for at least twenty-four hours, and if it is dry underneath once you check it, then you can begin applying an epoxy coating. Do not apply epoxy coating if you see moisture under the plastic because the water pressure will break the bond. It is important to analyze the weather and the condition of the floor before applying the epoxy coating. Know more about epoxy at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epoxy.
An epoxy floor paint is a tough resin comes in two separate parts that can be mixed together just before applying them, that can be divided into three types 100% solids, solvent based and water based, and it's important to decide what type of paint you'll be using. The 100% solid type should be left to professionals because it is difficult to handle as it hardens rapidly, and this type does not contain solvents that evaporate.
The solvent-based epoxies contain 40% to 60% solids with capabilities of adhering and penetrating well to concrete, making it the number one choice for garage concrete flooring epoxy paint used by professionals. A water-based epoxy does not contain hazardous solvent fumes, comes in two parts that are mixed before applying it to your concrete, and contains 40% to 60% solids. For more information about how to use epoxy paints for concrete flooring, you can always visit our homepage or site.