Bothered by your garage floor’s unsightly marks, blemishes and cracks? While you can call a professional service to install epoxy floor coating on the garage, you can do this on your own! In fact, it doesn’t take several days to complete this project. Installing epoxy garage floor coating on your own is a great way to save more money. Plus, it’s supremely fulfilling knowing that you got the job done on your own. In today’s post, we are giving you a step-by-step guide on how to install epoxy garage floor coating like a professional:
Step 1: Prepping the Floor
You want a clean area to work on. Start by cleaning the floor. Clear the area from furniture, stains and marks. Get a leaf blower to remove dust, dirt and small particles. Then, move on to removing the stains.
Use a heavy-duty degreaser to remove the stains on the floor. When the stains are gone, clean the area with water. If you cannot remove a certain mark with an industrial cleaner, use a sandblaster or a high-powered grinder. If there are major chips or cracks, you’ll have to repair those as well.
Start taping the baseboards, the edge of the garage door and the steps. This will prevent the epoxy from reaching these areas. Leave the clean floor to dry. Finally, apply a thin coat of citric acid and concrete etch. These products will give the epoxy garage floor coating something to hold on to.
Step 2: Applying the Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
Once you have a clean area to work on, it’s time to apply the epoxy garage floor coating. Start by mixing two epoxy chemicals together. The product will dry quickly so you have to work fast. Trim the areas using a two-inch brush. Then, start covering the floor using a standard paint roller and 3/8-inch nap. You can also use a roller extender to make the job easier. If you’re using paint chips, just toss them on the epoxy after it’s been installed to the floor. Do not mix the paint chips directly into the can.
Usually, one coating is enough to smooth out the floor. A gallon is enough to cover around 250 square feet of flooring. To keep the epoxy garage floor coating even and clean, do not apply on a windy day. Twigs, dust and other debris could be blown on the floor and be stuck on the epoxy coating! The last thing you want is to repeat a painstaking job after getting dirt stuck on the new floor.
Step 3: Leaving the Epoxy Coating to Dry
The time it takes for an epoxy floor to dry will depend on the climate. If the temperature’s right, the floor should be dry to touch within a couple of hours. But don’t step on the new floor just yet. We recommend waiting at least overnight before you can walk on the floor.
Keep in mind that newly installed epoxy floor coating has to cure for at least a week before you can use it. So give it 7 days to dry.