If you’ve ever before considered using a garage area floor epoxy system to protect and enhance the look of your garage area floor, there are many things you need to know before purchasing one. Most home improvement stores carry epoxy floor kits suitable for the do-it-yourselfer and you’ve probably heard differing ideas about how well they work. Some will say it’s an outstanding product among others will let you know not to squander your money. Well, there is usually an easy explanation as to why the product fails for a few floors.
One reason for failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is perfect for applying an epoxy covering. Many surfaces have too much hydrostatic pressure, meaning water movements from the under the slab up to the surface in a process called capillary action. Water then gathers on the surface, which breaks the connection between the cement and the epoxy cover. If the floor “sweats” even though it’s dry outside the house or there are areas that seem to be to stay moist for extended periods of time, then an epoxy layer will almost certainly fail. It’ll little by little chip and flake away. Even if you don’t think there’s a moisture problem, it’s wise to use an efflorescence or salt blocker before the epoxy. This can help prevent water from leading to problems.
The most possible reason for failing is inappropriate surface preparation. The floor must be completely clean and stripped of most other coatings. Any discolorations or foreign substances (essential oil, grease, paint, etc.) will prevent adequate bonding between the cement and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a layer of sealer to a garage floor after assembly. 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 is an important step, you won’t remove sealer & most stains. Etching will only start the skin pores of bare cement, therefore you must do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before purchasing a garage area floor epoxy system, you need to first decide if your floor is right for this. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly moist, then forget about it. Be sure that you are prepared to take time to prep the floor properly, as this is actually the most significant part. In addition, it really helps to put one or two coats of clear cement sealer on top to provide as a wear overcoat. Water founded acrylic sealers are perfect for indoor residential use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself storage floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project whether it’s done correctly.