A 9 Step Guide on How to Apply Epoxy Floor Paint

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When it comes to choosing new flooring systems for industrial applications, garage flooring, or any other outdoor surface, epoxy flooring stands out among the other choices for many reasons. Epoxy resin flooring, known as resin flooring, is very durable, adjustable, stable and decorative for any surface. What is most important for epoxy flooring is its resistance to high wear and tear, which makes it a flooring with the longest lifespan.

The implementation of epoxy flooring is relatively simple and anyone who is familiar with technical and construction skills can implement it. However, in order to achieve a seamless, quality and flawless flooring, it is necessary to seek the help of an expert. Applying epoxy in a large area requires a lot of skill to level the surface, and this work is done with the help of special tools and additives and cannot be easily done by an amateur. To achieve the best result, it is necessary to smooth and level the surface first and then apply the epoxy on it. In the following, you will learn more about the steps of epoxy implementation.

How to apply epoxy floor coating

Step 1: Clean the concrete surfaces

If necessary, use a flat shovel or trowel to remove hardened debris. Then, vacuum the garage floor. Prepare a cleaning/degreasing solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Moisten the floor

Using a hose, wet the entire floor with water. Working in 5-square-foot sections, use a power scrubber with a brush attachment and degreaser to clean the entire floor. After cleaning the floor, use a squeegee to apply soapy water to a central area.

Step 3: Prepare the acid-etch mixture

Pour a gallon of water into a plastic watering can. Using a vapor inhaler, pour 12 ounces of 32 percent muriatic acid in 15 cups of water (for small and large amounts, use 1 part acid to 10 parts water) in a spray can. Mix the solution with a paint mixer for a few seconds. Spread the mixture evenly over a 10×10 foot area.

Step 4: Scrub the surface

Scrub the 10×10 foot area for 10 minutes or use a long-handled acid brush. Repeat the spraying/scrub steps until the entire floor is acidified. Rinse three times to wash away the acid residue. Let it dry overnight.

Step 5: Mix the epoxy coating

Use a mixer and stirrer to mix the two epoxy solutions together according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To ensure complete mixing, pour the mixture into a second bucket and mix the paint again.

Step 6: Prime the surface.

Using adhesive tape, separate the desired surface and then apply 4 inch epoxy paint along the adhesive tape with the help of a brush.

Step 7: Apply epoxy on the surface

Connect the roller to a tee. Then, dip the roller into the bucket of epoxy so that only the bottom half of the roller is covered. Next, paint the garage floor with epoxy paint in a large “W” shape. Make sure the edges of the roller are damp to avoid visible seams. Allow the first coat to dry.

Step 8: Apply the second layer.

If you don’t want a glossy floor, add a non-slip floor coating to the epoxy for a second coat. Stir a little with a mixer. Repeat step 7 again.

Step 9: Completion of execution

Cover and paint the bottom 4 inches of the garage or basement wall with the epoxy mixture used on the floor. This border creates a cohesive shape that also acts as a protective baseboard.

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