If you’ve ever before considered utilizing a garage floor epoxy system to protect and enhance the look of your garage floor, there are many things you should know before purchasing one. Most home improvement stores take epoxy floor sets made for the do-it-yourselfer and you’ve probably heard differing opinions on how well they work. Some will say it’s a fantastic product yet others will let you know not to spend your money. Well, there may be usually a simple explanation as to why this product fails for a few floors.
One reason behind failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is suitable for applying an epoxy covering. Many flooring surfaces have too much hydrostatic pressure, signifying water steps from the under the slab up to the top in a process called capillary action. Dampness then gathers on the top, which breaks the bond between the concrete and the epoxy overcoat. If the floor “sweats” even though it’s dry outside the house or there are areas that seem to stay damp for long periods of time, then an epoxy finish will likely fail. It will gradually chip and flake away. Even if you don’t think there’s a moisture problem, it’s a good idea to apply an efflorescence or salt blocker prior to the epoxy. This will help prevent moisture content from causing problems.
The most possible reason for failing is inappropriate surface preparation. The ground must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any discolorations or foreign chemicals (oil, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent adequate bonding between the concrete and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most contractors will apply a coating of sealer to a car port floor after installation. Normally it takes several years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to previous. Although acid solution etching is an important step, you won’t remove sealer & most stains. Etching is only going to open up the skin pores of bare cement, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before investing in a car port floor epoxy system, you need to first decide if your floor is right for it. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly wet, then just forget about it. Be sure that you are prepared to take time to prep the floor properly, as this is the most critical part. It also helps to put one or two jackets of clear cement sealer on top to provide as a wear coating. Water founded acrylic sealers are well suited for indoor domestic use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself garage floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project whether it’s done correctly.