When it comes to durable epoxy and robust floor paint, whether it be an industrial, garage or even kitchen floor, applying epoxy is an ideal solution that has many advantages. While this can be DIY’ed, it can be tricky to use. The key to successful floor paint application is the prepping and application process.
Here, we will discuss the dos and don’ts when applying epoxy paint and the preparation steps you need to consider.
Things To Do Before Applying Epoxy
Please note that epoxy paints may differ, so be sure to check the brand along with its instructions, as there are public safety benefits for Epoxy Paint. Now that we’ve taken that out of the way, let’s get started.
We need a clean base. First, clean the floor where the epoxy will be applied. Clean with a broom and use a vacuum if required. Make sure that all of the debris is out of the way. If there’s grease, make sure that you remove the oil and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary until everything’s cleared out.
Prepping The Concrete
Once the floor is all clean, use the solution with your package. Your epoxy kit usually comes with an etching solution. Ensure you read the instructions, as they may differ depending on the brand. But before that, ensure you’re wearing gloves and your safety gear. You may need to add water to the solution – so again, check the instructions on how much water to add. Once you’ve prepped the answer, make sure that you pour it into the floor you’re working. You may either use a broom or a stiff brush. You’ll know you’re doing it right if you see the solution of foaming and fizzing.
Once done, rinse with water and let it sit and dry for a couple of days.
Applying The Epoxy
Prep the room – and ensure everything’s out of the way. You may opt to apply painter’s tape on the bottom of your walls to protect your walls from the solution. Read the instructions and mix the paint. Mix the catalyst and the resin and let it sit once more. As soon as it is ready, it’s time to apply the epoxy to the floor. Make sure that you do this, as the epoxy dries faster. If the weather is hot or more humid, you may have less time, so ensure the room is well-ventilated.
Spread the epoxy on your floor with a roller and a paintbrush to cover the corners. Someone can do this, but it works better if you have someone to help you.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to add some aesthetics to your epoxy floor, this is the best time to add them. Get a small amount of those chips and toss them on the floor. Once you’ve done your first coat, apply a second one after twelve hours.
If you’re working on a garage floor, or if it’s an industrial floor and heavy machinery would be placed, you should wait for about a week before you start moving in heavy things. Once you’re done, remember that your floor shouldn’t be touched or walked on for another 24 hours. This ensures that the epoxy is dried out and treated.