How Do I Prepare My Garage for Epoxy?

Coating garage flooring with epoxy can improve the flooring’s durability as epoxy is resistant to gasoline, motor oil, and bleach. Epoxy can be stain and water-resistant and can make cleaning and maintaining your garage floor easier. ATK Epoxy Floors will help you prepare your concrete floor to facilitate an easy coating process. Here’s more information about the preparation process:

Clear Dust, Debris, and Contaminants

Your garage floor needs to be clean for the epoxy to adhere to the concrete. Clear your garage and sweep the floor to eliminate all dust and debris. If your floor is stained, scrub it using a stiff brush and soapy water until it’s stain-free.

You can eliminate contaminants using acid. Wear safety goggles, rubber gloves, and rubber boots before starting the acid etching process. Pour an acid solution evenly on your floor, and scrub each section using a bristle brush to get rid of the floor’s topmost layer. Rinse your floor well and leave it to dry for a few hours.

ATK Epoxy Floors can handle your garage floor cleaning process using more specialized equipment. Our specialists can use a diamond grinder to eliminate grease and expose a new layer of your concrete flooring. We may eliminate grime through shot blasting, a process that involves pelting metallic beads on the floor to remove stains.

Repair Cracks in Your Concrete

The cleaning process can expose some defects on your garage floor. You need to have all cracks repaired and holes filled before coating your floors for an even final result. Handling repairs by yourself isn’t recommendable as you might cause further damage to your floor.

We’ve been in the flooring industry for over 25 years, allowing us to differentiate the best repair practices from the rest. Our specialists use epoxy pastes to repair small cracks and epoxy repair kits to fix large gaps and holes.

Sand Your Floor and Clean the Resulting Debris

Repairs could leave some sections of your floor smooth. If this happens, you need to sand the smooth, non-porous areas to provide enough texture for the epoxy to bond. After sanding, clean your floor to remove debris that may prevent the epoxy coating from adhering to your concrete.

ATK Epoxy Floors uses aluminum oxide sandpaper to scrape away the non-porous surface. The sandpaper leaves enough grooves for the epoxy coating to adhere. To fasten the coating process, our specialists can clean your floor after sanding and dry it using a hot air gun.

Apply an Epoxy Primer

The final step in floor preparation involves our team applying an epoxy primer on your garage floor. We use epoxy primers as they improve chemical bonding when using thick epoxy base coats. Using primers on your floor can also reduce air bubbles in the final coating, leaving you with an even garage floor.

Preparation Is Necessary When Coating Garage Flooring

You need to prepare properly when coating garage flooring with epoxy to achieve long-lasting results. Prepare by cleaning your floor, repairing cracks, sanding smooth areas, and applying an epoxy primer. Proper preparation will allow the epoxy coating to adhere to your floor, enhancing your garage’s appeal and functionality.

ATK Epoxy Floors can give your garage a new look by applying epoxy coating on your floor. Our experts can handle everything from floor preparation to epoxy installation. Contact us for an estimate on your garage flooring.