If you’ve ever before considered using a garage area floor epoxy system to protect and enhance the look of your storage area floor, there are many things you have to 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 outstanding product and more will let you know not to waste your money. Well, there exists usually an easy explanation as to why this product fails for a few floors.
One reason for failure is don’t assume all concrete floor is ideal for applying an epoxy covering. Many flooring have too much hydrostatic pressure, meaning water goes from the under the slab up to the surface in an activity called capillary action. Water then collects on the surface, which breaks the relationship between the concrete and the epoxy cover. If the ground “sweats” even when it’s dry outdoors or there are areas that seem to stay moist for long periods of time, then an epoxy coating 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 use an efflorescence or salt blocker prior to the epoxy. This can help prevent wetness from causing problems.
The most probable reason for failing is incorrect surface preparation. The ground must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any discolorations or foreign substances (essential oil, grease, paint, etc.) will prevent satisfactory bonding between the cement and epoxy, leading to chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a jacket of sealer to a storage area floor after assembly. It can take many years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to previous. Although acidity etching can be an important step, it will not remove sealer and most stains. Etching will only open up the pores of bare cement, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before purchasing a storage area 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 damp, then just forget about it. Be sure that you are prepared to take time to prep the floor properly, as this is actually the most critical part. In addition, it really helps to put one or two jackets of clear concrete sealer on top to serve as a wear jacket. Water based mostly acrylic sealers are well suited for indoor domestic use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve heard about the do-it-yourself storage area floor epoxy system, it’s rather a successful project if it’s done correctly.