So, you’re ready to apply an epoxy garage floor coating. You’ve got the necessary supplies, and it’s time to take the plunge. Here are some helpful hints to get you going on your way to that professional look that you’re after for your home within your home.
To begin with, we’re going to assume that your current surface is concrete. Now, what kind of things should you consider? Well, for one, give some thought to how long the concrete has been down. If it was poured within the last month, hold off for now. The concrete will continue to emit water vapor for quite some time, and laying down a coat of epoxy paint will not be successful during this state of concrete curing.
Now, for most of you, the concrete has been down for quite some time, and we can move forward. So, how to go about getting that kitchen counter look that you see in magazines and on TV of that professional looking garage is a question worth exploring. Epoxy, we need to remember, needs something to grab on to. For those of you that have never applied any type of coating to your garage floor, no problem. Give it a good cleaning, and get to work.
However, a lot of folks have previously applied paint on their garage floors, and if you fall into that camp, there are a couple of steps you’re going to want to take prior to application. The big thing you’re going to need to do, unfortunately, is get rid of that old paint, or at the least, rough it up enough so that the epoxy paint can grab on to something. You might be able to get away with just a big old belt sander, but a lot of people have success by renting a diamond blade angle grinder with a vacuum attachment. It’s not going to be fun, but this is what it will take to get the look you’re going for with your epoxy garage floor.
Once you’ve prepped your surface, there’s only one other big tip that you’ll need to consider before undertaking the creation of the epoxy garage floor coating of your dreams: Start small! Mix small batches of epoxy and get comfortable with the product. Believe me, you’ll be a lot happier mixing smaller batches and taking a little bit more time than you will if you go big and have a big bucket of smoking epoxy – it gets hot!
So, these are a few thoughts to keep in mind. Best of luck with your project, and don’t hesitate to send in pictures. We’d love to post some great results from our readers!