When it comes to painting a garage floor, epoxy floor paint is one of the most reliable products that you can use. Providing a surface that is durable and easy to clean, it can give your garage a spectacular floor for years to come. However, the use of epoxy floor paint does not guarantee success. Like all paints, it has to be applied correctly to achieve the best possible results. Below, we’ve put together the steps you need to follow when painting your garage floor with epoxy paint.
Clean the Floor
Before you can begin painting, you will need to clean the surface. To start, apply water to the floor to check for any dirt and oil that may be clinging to the concrete, as any stray oil on the floor could hamper the finish. While spraying the floor, check for any areas where the water is pulling away. This will identify any spots where grease or oil may be sticking to your floor.
Adding degreaser to the water in these areas will help to remove dirt from the surface. After this, you will need to acid etch the floor while it is still damp. Apply one part acid to two parts water, and make sure to use a plastic sprinkling can to do this, as the acid will react to a metal sprinkling can. When the acid has been cleared away, wet vac the floor to complete the cleaning process.
Mix your Epoxy
With your floor now clean, the next step is to mix your paint. Epoxy paint comes in two parts, one pot of resin and one polyamine harder. Pour the two parts together and mix well before allowing the paint to settle for 30 minutes. Once mixed, the epoxy paint has a pot life of around two hours.
Paint your Floor
After allowing your paint to settle, you can now begin applying it to your floor. To achieve an even covering, it is best to work in a two by six-foot deep area of your garage at a time, while also working in a steady, controlled manner; before then applying any finishing strokes horizontally.
You should already be able to see the difference in quality after your first coat but to gain the best results from epoxy, a second coat will be required. Let the floor dry overnight before doing this.
Second Coat and Finishing Touches
When applying the second coat of epoxy, follow the same technique used for the first covering. Alongside this, you could use a number of different finishing touches to give your garage floor the perfect look. This could include adding colour flakes to the paint during the second coat. These flakes give the floor a more decorative look and will also help to hide any blemishes and cracks that were not covered in the first coat. Another option could be to add non-skid granules to your paint mix, making your floor less slippery, preventing any accidents long after you’ve finished decorating.
Follow these steps, and you too could have the garage floor of your dreams. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Paints4Trade team today.
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