You’re probably a little confused as to what epoxy flooring is. Basically, it is a type of coating that is generally used in commercial and industrial spaces to provide a higher level of performance. On top of this, it results in a smooth and durable surface that can withstand heavier loads. It is also easier to clean and maintain, which is crucial in ensuring that workers are granted a safe and clean working environment. Installing epoxy flooring is an intensive process, so it’s generally recommended that you hire a professional labourer to do the job for you. However, if you have some experience in labouring and trade work, here is a brief overview on how to install epoxy flooring.
Step 1: Clean the concrete surface
If you are planning on applying the coating to your garage surface, then it’s advised that you clean the concrete before you begin the process. This is because the surface may carry dirt, grime or oil (particularly from parked vehicles). Use a rake or a shovel to remove any hardened debris and use a vacuum to remove any surface dust.
Step 2: Wet the ground
Use a hose to wet the ground and surface. You can use a power scrubber to clean the surface again. Once you are satisfied, use a rubber squeegee to move all the soapy water into the centre of the space or sweep out into the driveway if possible.
Step 3: Acid-etching solution
First, pour about 4 litres of water into a bucket, or better, a sprinkler can. Mix muriatic acid with the water and stir with paint stirrer or another suitable device. Begin sprinkling the solution over the prescribed area.
Step 4: Scrub it in
Use a broom or special brush to begin scrubbing the solution into the ground. Repeat several times until the ground is completely acid-etched. Leave the ground to dry overnight.
Step 5: Epoxy flooring begins!
This is when the process begins to liven up a bit. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mixing the solutions together. The coating is generally very thick, so it is advised that you use a drill to stir the solution adequately. There are two solutions included, so to ascertain complete blending, power-mix the solution several times.
Step 6: Work on the perimeter
Make sure you place duct tape along the edges of the space to ensure your epoxy flooring coating does not contaminate the wall or your garage door. Begin applying the mixture along the edges until the perimeter is complete – you won’t be applying the mixture with a hand-held brush the whole time!
Step 7: Roll the epoxy flooring mixture in
Use a brand-new roller or a spare one you have lying around (just remember you shouldn’t probably re-use it for conventional painting) to paint the epoxy flooring solution in. Start from one side and work your way back towards the exit/door (you don’t want to get trapped on the other side and must walk across the ground and ruin all your work). Leave the first coat to dry in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 8: The second coat
You can add in a non-skid coating into the epoxy flooring mixture for the second coat if you desire. This is generally added if you want to minimize how slippery the ground is when wet. Essentially, just repeat steps 6 and 7 to finish off the process.
Step 9: Add a creative flair
While the ground is drying, you can add colored flakes to create a more aesthetic pattern and appearance. Otherwise, just leave the surface to dry overnight and it’s good to go!