Epoxy is a type of paint that is commonly used on the floors of commercial buildings and garages. Epoxy is used because it helps the floor be strong and maintainable, and it protects the floor from being eroded and sullied by water, oil, dirt, and the various other substances that can stain a floor.
There are many different types of epoxy floorings that serve different purposes depending on the needs of the buildings. Some of the different uses for various epoxy floorings include being: Decorative, Anti-slipping, Antistatic and easy to clean.
There are a wide variety of companies that will install epoxy flooring, but for people who want to save money, they can choose to install epoxy on their floors on their own. Below is a guide to how an ambitious person can apply epoxy to a home on one’s own.
Clean The Floor
Having a clean floor is the first step and extremely important. The surface needs to be as smooth and clean as possible before the epoxy is applied. After the floor is cleaned, then they should use a sandblaster to even out the floor. The ultimate goal is to have a smooth, even surface for the paint to be applied on.
Even if the floor appears to be clean, it’s important to check again carefully, because doing the first step wrong can harm the final product. One way to check for sure, is to apply a piece of tape to the ground, and see if any dirt appears when it’s peeled away. If the tape comes up clean, then you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Prime The Floor
After the cleaning and the sandblasting has been done, then it’s time to prime the floor. This involves applying the primer and then letting it dry. This process should be similar to painting the floor and should be a simple process. Once the primer is dry then it’s time to move on to the next step.
Apply The Epoxy Paint
After the primer dries, then apply the epoxy paint. Take your time and try to apply it as evenly as possible throughout the entire floor. However, don’t take too long, because epoxy generally needs to be used within two hours for it to work properly.
Make sure the room is properly ventilated, so that while you’re working you have plenty of fresh air to breathe. The next important step after applying the paint is to make sure to give the floor enough time to thoroughly dry. This means leaving it overnight, and making sure that no one disturbs it. The reward will be a beautiful finished floor the next day you wake up to admire your handiwork.
The process of DIY epoxy flooring seems pretty straightforward. However it does require patience and a great attention to detail to create a beautifully finished floor.
An epoxy floor can totally change the appearance of a garage, and add a finished touch to a garage, while also doing its part in maintaining the integrity of the surface. And you can also be satisfied that you saved some money, by applying the epoxy flooring yourself.
Tim Thomson is a blogger and home imrovement guru with a specialty in epoxy flooring for Dex-O-Tex.