If you’ve ever considered using a garage area floor epoxy system to safeguard and enhance the look of your storage area floor, there are many things you have to know before purchasing one. Most diy stores bring epoxy floor products made for the do-it-yourselfer and you’ve probably heard differing opinions how well they work. Some will say it’s an outstanding product while others will let you know not to spend your cash. Well, there may be usually a simple explanation as to the reasons the product fails for a few floors.
One reason behind failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is well suited for making use of an epoxy layer. Many floors have too much hydrostatic pressure, signifying water moves from the under the slab up to the surface in an activity called capillary action. Dampness then collects on the top, which breaks the connection between the cement and the epoxy coat. If the floor “sweats” even when it’s dry outside or there are areas that appear to stay moist for long periods of time, then an epoxy coating will likely fail. It’ll slowly but surely chip and flake away. Even though you don’t think there is a moisture problem, it’s wise to apply an efflorescence or salt blocker prior to the epoxy. This can help prevent water from causing problems.
The most probable reason for inability is improper surface preparation. The ground must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any discolorations or foreign chemicals (petrol, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent enough bonding between your cement and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a jacket of sealer to a storage area floor after installation. Normally it takes 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, it will not 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 investing in a storage area floor epoxy system, you will need to first decide if your floor is right for it. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly wet, then forget about it. Be sure that you are willing to take time to prep the ground properly, as this is actually the most critical part. It also really helps to put one or two coats of clear cement sealer on top to serve as a wear layer. Water centered acrylic sealers are suitable for indoor residential use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself storage area floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project if it’s done correctly.