When it comes to a durable and robust floor, whether it be an industrial, garage or even a kitchen floor, applying epoxy is an ideal solution that has many advantages. While this can be DIY’ed, it can be a little bit tricky to use. The key to a successful epoxy floor application all lies on the prepping and application process.
Here, we will discuss the do’s and dont’s when applying epoxy paint, as well as the preparation steps that you need to perform and take into consideration.
Things To Do Before Applying Epoxy
Take note that epoxy paints may differ from one another, so be sure to check the brand along with its instructions as there are general safety benefits for Epoxy Paint. Now that we’ve taken that out of the way let’s get started.
First, clean the floor where the epoxy will be applied. Clean with a broom and use a vacuum if needed. 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. We need a clean base. Repeat if necessary until everything’s cleared out.
Prepping The Concrete
With your epoxy kit, it usually comes with an etching solution. Once the floor is all clean, use the solution that came with your package. Make sure that you read the instructions as it may differ depending on the brand. But before that, make sure that 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 solution, make sure that you pour into the floor you’re working. You may either use a broom or a stiff brush. You’ll know that you’re doing it right if you see the solution 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 make sure that everything’s out of the way. You may opt to apply a 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 make sure that the room is well-ventilated.
Spread the epoxy on your floor with a roller and a paintbrush to cover corners. This can be done by a person but works better if you have someone to help you out.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to add some aesthetic to your epoxy floor, this is the best time to add them in. Get a small amount of those chips and toss them out on the floor. Once you’ve done your first coating, apply a second coat after twelve hours.
Once you’re done, remember that your floor shouldn’t be touched or walked on for another 24 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. This ensures that the epoxy is dried out and treated.