We are always looking for better ways to serve our customers and grow our business. Therefore, it is better to think of ways in which you can expand the services and products you offer. Case in point: learn how to install epoxy floors for garages and workspaces. These beautiful floors don't require much training to install, and they're as tough as nails. Durable, shiny epoxy floors resist scratches, cracks, stains and chips. The resin and hardener cure to a low-porosity surface that is also easy to clean.
A few years ago we looked at how to paint and seal your garage floor. While there are definite similarities between epoxy paint and epoxy overlays, we like true epoxy overlays for its durability and finish. This may be a more expensive solution, but it won't delaminate under hot tires. Additionally, aggregate additives give epoxy floors good traction without compromising their appearance. For these reasons, we think it's a good idea to add epoxy floor installation to your list of available services.
Table of contents
- How to Install Epoxy Floors
- prepare the surface
- Acid etching roughens the surface
- Apply your first primer
- launch primer
- If you don't have Prime, get Buff ready
- Apply a second coat of epoxy primer
- Let the epoxy floor cure
- Apply topcoat (sealer)
prepare the surface
Before installing an epoxy floor, you need to prepare the surface. Be sure to assess the condition of the concrete before making an offer. Epoxy is thin, so any surface imperfections will show through. Before you actually start, you'll need to repair any cracks or peeling. Next, pressure wash the floor and allow to dry. Remove as much of the oil stain as possible, using a bleach mixture or a specially designed cleaner. Then, tape the epoxy borders along the floors and walls with painter's tape.
Acid etching roughens the surface
You need to roughen the surface so that the coating of the epoxy floor will adhere firmly. Prepare a solution of two parts hydrochloric acid (the same you use in your pool) and one part water, and apply it with a pump sprayer. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear and follow job site safety guidelines. Acid should not come into contact with metal. Consider neutralizing the acid with an ammonia solution. Then wash and dry.
Apply the primer with a roller to avoid bubbles in the epoxy floor. Let it dry.
Apply your first primer
Pour the mixed resin and hardener onto the floor and apply with a serrated or notched squeegee. Be sure to use decorative flakes according to the manufacturer's directions.
A paint roller can be your best friend when you're installing epoxy floors. Roll the primer with a roller to ensure even coverage. A serrated or notched squeegee will leave a very even layer, but a roller will perfect it. Now, let the floor dry overnight.
If you don't have Prime, get Buff ready
If you didn't prime the floor, you'll see air bubbles as the floor dries. You will need to lightly sand the surface with buffer and light sand to remove air bubbles. Then sweep and mop the floor and wait for it to dry.
Apply a second coat of epoxy primer
Apply this coat as you did the first coat. Use a squeegee, then a roller.
Let the epoxy floor cure
Read the manufacturer's instructions, but be prepared to let the epoxy floor cure for about four days after installation.
Apply topcoat (sealer)
Use a roller to apply the top coat to seal. The surface should really pop.
When you install an epoxy floor, you add quality products and service to your arsenal. It sounds like a time consuming process – and it could be – but the results are worth it!