Epoxy Floor Coatings are a very durable and beautiful choice for your garage floors. They add color, texture and slip resistance to what might have been a drab area. The epoxy flakes really make the floor pop and give it texture and grip. These floors can be installed in residential and commerical locations.
Step 1 – Start with the existing bare concrete flooring with stains and all – UGLY
Step 2 – Prepare the concrete to adhere to the epoxy floor paint. This entails cleaning the floor and opening up the pours in the concrete. Once the concrete has been prepped correctly the expoxy will be able to bond to it properly. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS!
There are 2 ways to do this: 1) Acid etch the concrete, 2) Use a concrete grinder with diamond tips to grind the floor, open the pours and create rough edges for the epoxy to grab onto.
This phots shows a close up of concrete that has been prepped with a concrete grinder(on the left) versus the bare concrete on the right side. Notice the gooves and notches in the ground concrete on the left. Those grooves and notches are what help the epoxy create the strongest bond possible. Acid etching is less expsnsive and will create a suitable surface but not as long as concrete grinding.
Step 3 – Apply the epxoy. First we will apply the base coat of expoy. This coat has color and will be the base for the flakes that will be broadcast into it. After broadcasting the flakes the floor will be alowed to cure over night. In the morning we will remove any non-adhered flakes and apply the top clear coat that will give the floor a rich sheen and provide more long term protection.
Here’s a close up of the expoxy floor with the flakes and clear top coat applied. You can see that the flakes give it a good amount of grip or slip resistance which is perfect for a garage floor.
Finished with Top Coat – Now just have to remove masking tape, wipe dust off of baseboards, and clean up.