If you’ve ever considered by using a car port floor epoxy system to protect and enhance the look of your storage area floor, there are a few things you should know before purchasing one. Most diy stores carry epoxy floor kits created for the do-it-yourselfer and you might have heard differing thoughts about how well they work. Some will say it’s an excellent product yet others will tell you not to spend your money. Well, there may be usually a fairly easy explanation as to why this product fails for some floors.
One reason behind failure is not every concrete floor is perfect for making use of an epoxy covering. Many flooring have too much hydrostatic pressure, signifying water moves from the under the slab up to the top in a process called capillary action. Wetness then collects on the surface, which breaks the relationship between the cement and the epoxy layer. If the ground “sweats” even when it’s dry outside or there are areas that seem to stay damp for long periods of time, then an epoxy finish will almost certainly fail. It’ll gradually chip and flake away. Even though you don’t think there’s a moisture problem, it’s a good idea to use an efflorescence or salt blocker before the epoxy. This can help prevent wetness from triggering problems.
The most probable reason for inability is poor surface preparation. The floor must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any stains or foreign chemicals (olive oil, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent enough bonding between the cement and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a coat of sealer to a car port floor after set up. It can take several years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to previous. Although acidity etching is an important step, it will not remove sealer and most stains. Etching is only going to open up the pores of bare concrete, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before purchasing a garage floor epoxy system, you will need to first decide if your floor is right for this. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly damp, then just forget about it. Be sure that you are willing to take the time to prep the ground properly, as this is actually the most significant part. It also helps to put a couple of jackets of clear cement sealer at the top to serve as a wear jacket. Water structured acrylic sealers are perfect for indoor home use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself storage area floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project whether it’s done correctly.