Easy tips for coating and applying new epoxy or a clear coat to an old garage floor covering. Do not attempt to apply epoxy over existing concrete sealants. These must be removed first, as the epoxy will not stick to them. In addition, floor paint is not a good base for epoxy and must also be removed.
Garage floor paint applications are known to be a short-term “solution” for floor improvement. The paint will peel and peel off quickly and will need to be touched up or completely reapplied as soon as possible. To adhere well, epoxy requires a uniform, slightly rough and totally clean surface. That means repairing the potholes and cracks and letting them dry completely.
Concrete must be at least 60 days old and not sealed for the epoxy to adhere. You can tell if your floor already has a sealant, if there are drops of water or if the etching solution doesn't foam; if that's the case, you'll have to remove the sealant with a chemical stripper or with a special machine. Painted floors can be coated if they are not peeled. Polyurethanes are a blend of urethane resins.
They are not designed to fill defects in concrete or for direct application to concrete and are applied in thin layers. However, when applied over a layer of epoxy primer, they provide floors that are very durable, easy to use and resistant to UV rays and stains. A major drawback is that polyurethanes are not recommended as finishes for garages because they are susceptible to being stained by plasticizers in tires. Therefore, these products are typically used in outdoor patios and in spaces where vehicles are not parked for extended periods of time.
If you have floor damage that is out of your price range to repair, tiles are also a cost-effective option for covering an unattractive surface. Of course, repairing a garage floor with sealants and fillers for cracks, compounds for concrete patches, or waterproof cement prevents further damage to problem areas of the floor. After scraping off and recovering excess chips and scales, as is normally done in a floor job, you can seal the chips and scales with a 230W acrylic coating to help produce a much smoother overall finish when a polyaspartic top coat is applied. Do the same if you have a worn coating that adheres very well, but has some stains where the coating has worn down to concrete.
If a customer has a floor with extended scales and wants a surface with a little traction, then a polyaspartic top layer tends to produce an ideal result. We developed Acrylic Coating 230 W, a self-crosslinking acrylic emulsion, designed to fill and even out the high and low points of a floor with extended scales and produce a smoother top layer. Since a good floor covering doesn't wear out as quickly as a bare concrete floor, your garage will also produce a little less dust. We've put together a list of nine garage floor protection options that homeowners often resort to when making garage floor improvements.
The most common ones are for people who have already applied a layer of color and now realize that they want to get the shiny look and benefits of applying a clear coat. Garage Living can address your floor improvement needs by installing interlocking tiles or applying the coating of the best garage floor protection solution available. Garage floor coverings, such as floor mats, parking pads, and trays, tend to be used more in colder climates where there is snow, leaving garage floors wet and unkempt during the winter. If the coating is quite worn out and looks more concrete than epoxy, then you'll want to start from scratch by shredding the floor.
As a domestic floor covering company with more than 23 years of experience, we have seen many contractors and DIYers apply coatings without even testing the moisture content before application. .