One of the easiest ways to add value to your house and to beautify your garage is to add a garage floor epoxy covering. With a little hard work, you can do this yourself and sometimes save over $1,000.00USD. If you have basic handy man skills and the willingness to follow the steps correctly then I would recommend looking in to this. A covered epoxy garage floor can hide oil stains and other automobile related stains and also can fill in cracks.
Epoxy paint won’t work on concrete if it has a sealant on it already. The reason why epoxy won’t work is because a sealant was designed to keep moisture out. Sealants are normally installed on the walls to help keep put the rain, but some builders put sealants on the floor as well. To see if your garage flooring has a sealant, you can pour a glass of water onto it. If you notice that the water gets absorbed into your floor, then there is no sealant. If it beads out then your garage flooring is sealed and the paint won’t work. If you have a sealant and want to use epoxy paint, then you need to remove it before you begin any installation.
Stand back frequently and position yourself to see light reflections across the floor while applying the clear coat. Where you see a dull spot, that is a spot that you missed covering with the clear coat. If that spot isn’t covered it will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb later.
This has to be done quickly. The epoxy formula must be applied within 2 hours for it to work properly. In applying the epoxy coating, first paint a border around the area to be covered. Paint the Resin for Wood into the seams and corners, too, before finally applying it to the garage floor. Use a 3-inch paintbrush to make the border and cover the seams and corners.
Now for the repair, set a heat gun with a nozzle shield to medium and then use it to soften the glaze compound on the window. Scrape away the glazing compound using a putty knife. Remove from the wood and slide the glass out. Label the glass with a temporary market to indicate which side goes where.
Up to three coats of wood epoxy floor paint may be required on your floor for added strength. The number of coats of paint to add will depend upon how you actually use your garage. If you have more than one vehicle, maximize the coating on the floor as it is subject to twice as much torture.
First, all existing dirt and debris must be removed from the floor. Then the floor can be washed and allowed to dry. Repeat this process until you are sure everything has been removed. If the floor has been previously sealed, the old sealer will have to be removed first. Most professionals will use a floor grinder to thoroughly remove layers of paint or sealer. Once the floor is completely clean, any cracks or chips are sealed or filled in. At this point, a chemical “etcher” is applied to open the pores of the concrete. Then finally, the floor is given another wash and allowed to dry.
Epoxy floors can withstand high pressure and weight. This is ideal for warehouses, garages, industrial plants and other high traffic areas. Especially those businesses with forklifts and heavy machinery being used in the plant or factory. Depending upon the mix and style of epoxy, the durable finished product can withstand between 800-4000 psi.