Four Helpful Tips For Placing Epoxy On Your Garage Floor
Are you looking to renovate your garage by placing an epoxy coating on the floor? If so, it will help to know these tips that will make the job easier.
Wear The Right Shoes
It's important that you wear shoe spikes when working with epoxy flooring material. It limits the amount of surface area that your shoe touches, which helps keep the floor looking great as you need to walk over it. Shoe spikes can fit over your existing shoes, and will fit a variety of different shoe sizes.
Use A Large Commercial Grinder
You will need to take the previous sealant on the concrete in order to install an epoxy floor. It is best to rent a commercial grinder that is going to get the job done quickly and easily. A small grinder is going to save you a couple of bucks, but it makes the job of taking off the sealant much more difficult than it should be.
Use 100% High Solids Epoxy
A common problem people make when installing an epoxy floor is underestimating how much epoxy you need. That's because water-based epoxies may only have solids for half the content, and much of the water content evaporates once it is applied. This leaves the epoxy coating thinner than you may want it to be. That's why you should use a 100% high solid epoxy instead since it is not going to evaporate and you can more accurately judge how thick of a coating you are applying.
Broadcast The Vinyl Chips To Rejection
An epoxy floor is going to have chips scattered on the surface to give it color and texture. You have the option of how many chips you want to put on the floor. You'll find that you may regret putting very few chips on the floor once it is all finished, and then you can't go back and fix it. That's why it is a good idea to use a method known as broadcasting to rejection.
The goal is to cover the floor with so many vinyl chips that you can no longer see the coating underneath. You'll need more chips than you plan on potting on the floor since you will be covering the floor with excess chips and then scraping off the excess chips. This is done with a special flat-edged tool that will even out the chips sticking off the surface. You will then blow off the excess chips with a leaf blower until you are left with only chips stuck to the floor.
For more information about epoxy flooring, contact a flooring business in your area.