Epoxy is a popular choice for garage flooring; it provides a clean finish that is durable and resistant to staining and spills. Taking on the job of applying it yourself can seem daunting, but it is easy to break it down into simple steps.
Determine If the Concrete Holds Moisture
Before you can be sure that garage guard epoxy is right for your garage, you need to check the concrete for moisture. This is a simple process, but necessary. If your concrete fails this test, the epoxy won’t bind properly to it.
Clean the Concrete
Use a degreaser to scrub up any oil stains you can see before using a floor scrubber, which you can rent at a local store, to degrease the entire surface. Vacuum the water up before beginning the next step.
Remove the Top Layer of Concrete
You’ll want to make sure the garage is well ventilated and wear plenty of protection for the remaining steps. The most common method of removing the top layer of concrete is an acid wash, which comes in many epoxy kits. You can also use a shot blaster or diamond grinder, both of which you can rent from local stores. The goal is to scrub until the concrete is rough. Rinse it thoroughly and allow it to dry until it’s white.
Prepare the Concrete
Check for cracks and pockmarks in the floor of your garage and patch them to provide an even surface. You’ll want to make sure that the weather is ideal, between 60 and 90 degrees, before you apply the epoxy to your garage floor. Trying to apply the epoxy when it is too cold or too hot could harm the drying and curing process, resulting in a less than perfect finish.
Apply the Epoxy
Mix the epoxy according to the directions given. With a thick paintbrush, go around the edges of the garage to provide a thick, neat edge to the flooring. Then use a roller to apply the epoxy.
Allow It To Dry
Keep dust and debris from being blown in and sticking to the epoxy by closing your garage door while it dries. Wait about a week before parking your cars in the garage. You can walk on it sooner than that, but check your epoxy’s directions to determine how long that will be. Once it’s dry, you’ll have a slick surface that will make it possible to clean oil spills with a quick swipe of a rag.
Applying epoxy yourself is a lengthy project that involves a good deal of hard work. The result, however, will be tough floors that can stand up to years of wear and tear.