Epoxy Garage Floor Project for an Easy to Clean Garageby Kevin Smith Author
Most garage floors are untreated concrete. They look great when new. But over time, driving in and out of the garage with dirty tires, and the normal wear and tear of a garage with leaking oil and grease, leaves the floors looking worn and dirty. This is because concrete is porous. Dirt, grease, and grime get ground into the pores of the concrete. And it takes lots of hard work and chemicals to get a garage floor looking even semi-clean. One great solution is to epoxy your garage floor to give it an easy to clean finish.
Four Easy Steps
It’s easy to learn how to epoxy garage floors. The first step is to determine if the floor already has a coating such as paint or polyurethane. If so, you’ll need to strip it away with chemicals to expose the concrete. The new epoxy needs to cleanly adhere to the pores in the concrete. Another thing to look for is spilled oil or grease that has stained the cement. A degreaser will need to be applied to these areas. If epoxy is applied to an unclean floor it will eventually peel away.
The second step is to etch the floor. This is done with an etching solution which is muriatic acid or phosphoric acid. Working from a corner, pour the etching solution on the floor and then work the solution into the concrete with a bristle brush. You can work on your hands and knees, but you can also purchase a brush that attaches to a pole and work while standing. Etching opens the pores in the concrete. This will help the epoxy bond with the cement. Once finished, let the etching set for several hours. Then rinse the floor with a garden hose and sweep out the water with a broom, and let air dry.
The third step is to prepare the epoxy resin, which is a clear liquid. It is sold in both one-gallon or five-gallon containers. First you must mix a catalyst with the resin. This will cause the resin to eventually harden. The epoxy system you purchase will have mixing instructions. Other additives include pigment to create colors as well as grit to leave behind a no-slip surface.
The fourth step is to apply the epoxy. Using a paint roller attached to an extension pole, start in a corner and work your way out of the garage. Apply the epoxy mix generously, but evenly. Go over an area two or three times to ensure enough epoxy is laid down so it will absorb into the concrete. Then let the floor dry and cure for 24 hours.
Following these four steps it’s easy to learn how to epoxy garage floors.
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