If you’ve ever considered using a storage floor epoxy system to safeguard and improve the look of your garage area floor, there are many things you should know before purchasing one. Most home improvement stores bring epoxy floor kits made for the do-it-yourselfer and you might have heard differing ideas about how well they work. Some will say it’s an excellent product yet others will let you know not to squander your money. Well, there is usually a simple explanation as to why the product fails for some floors.
One reason behind failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is perfect for applying an epoxy layer. Many floor surfaces have too much hydrostatic pressure, indicating water goes from the under the slab up to the surface in a process called capillary action. Moisture then gathers on the top, which breaks the relationship between the concrete and the epoxy coating. If the floor “sweats” even though it’s dry outside the house or there are areas that appear to stay moist for extended periods of time, then an epoxy finish will almost certainly fail. It’ll gradually chip and flake away. Even if you don’t think there is a moisture problem, it’s wise to use an efflorescence or salt blocker before the epoxy. This can help prevent water from creating problems.
The most probable reason for failure is improper surface preparation. The ground must be completely clean and stripped of most other coatings. Any spots or foreign chemicals (olive oil, grease, color, etc.) will prevent adequate bonding between your cement and epoxy, leading to chipping and flaking. Most contractors will apply a layer of sealer to a storage floor after assembly. It can take many years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to last. Although acid solution etching is an important step, it will not remove sealer & most stains. Etching is only going to open up the pores of bare concrete, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before investing in a storage area floor epoxy system, you will need to first decide if your floor is right for this. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly damp, then just forget about it. Be sure that you are willing to take time to prep the ground properly, as this is actually the most significant part. In addition, it helps to put one or two coats of clear concrete sealer on top to serve as a wear coat. Water based acrylic sealers are perfect for indoor residential use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself garage area floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project whether it’s done correctly.