If you’ve ever considered utilizing a storage floor epoxy system to protect and enhance the look of your storage floor, there are many things you need to understand before purchasing one. Most home improvement stores take epoxy floor products designed for the do-it-yourselfer and you’ve probably heard differing thoughts on how well they work. Some will say it’s an outstanding product yet others will tell you not to waste materials your money. Well, there is certainly usually a simple explanation as to why this product fails for some floors.
One reason behind failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is perfect for applying an epoxy coating. Many flooring have too much hydrostatic pressure, indicating water goes from the under the slab up to the surface in an activity called capillary action. Water then collects on the surface, which breaks the connection between the concrete and the epoxy coating. If the floor “sweats” even when it’s dry outdoors or there are areas that seem to be to stay damp for long periods of time, then an epoxy covering will likely fail. It’ll little by little chip and flake away. Even though you don’t think there is a moisture problem, it’s a good idea to apply an efflorescence or salt blocker prior to the epoxy. This can help prevent wetness from causing problems.
The most probable reason for inability is inappropriate surface preparation. The ground must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any stains or foreign chemicals (oil, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent adequate bonding between the cement and epoxy, leading to chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a coat of sealer to a car port floor after set up. It can take many years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to previous. Although acid solution etching can be an important step, you won’t remove sealer & most stains. Etching is only going to start the pores of bare cement, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acidity.
Before investing in a garage floor epoxy system, you need to first decide if your floor is right for it. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly moist, then just forget about it. Make sure that you are willing to take time to prep the floor properly, as this is actually the most critical part. In addition, it helps to put a couple of coats of clear cement sealer on top to serve as a wear jacket. Water centered acrylic sealers are ideal for indoor home use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve heard about the do-it-yourself storage floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project if it’s done correctly.