Essentials to Keep in Mind When Applying Epoxy Coating on Floors
Applying epoxy is a great way to protect and preserve any concrete floor that has been damaged. Epoxy can be applied directly to polished or sealed concrete, and it’s very important to patch any small cracks and chips at the surface and sweep up any large dust, debris, or greasy residue, before applying the new coating.
You should start by testing on an inconspicuous area, such as behind a sink or countertop, to make sure you don’t accidentally block a gas line or other essential service lines. The idea is to make sure there are no allergic reactions or other negative reactions to the chemical itself in the early stages of application.
If there is a reaction, stop applying and call in a repair person right away. Once you have an area that is clean and dry, you’ll need to prepare the concrete surface to accept the epoxy coating. If there are cracks or other issues with the surface of the floor, begin treating them before the paint becomes cured.
The most common cause of cracks in concrete is improper curing. By curing the floor correctly, you can prevent cracking and other problems. Epoxy floors are fairly easy to apply, but if there are any odd shapes or unusual appearances in the floor while it is still curing, wait until the floor has completely dried before beginning any sealing or finishing techniques.
Applying epoxy coatings to finished concrete can produce a number of spectacular effects, depending on the type of surface and color chosen. Most epoxy floors will appear as though they’ve been professionally polished with modern equipment.
Most contractors will use a high-pressure sprayer to apply the coating, which is incredibly simple to use and results in beautifully polished floors. Epoxy floor paints are available in several different types including durable coatings that can withstand heavy foot traffic, low-clear coatings that show little dirt when the floor is sealed, and self-leveling paints that make an evenly leveled surface.
One of the most interesting effects of applying an epoxy coating to a finished surface is the ability to decorate the room on an ongoing basis. Since the surface has a matte finish, the possibilities are endless. You can give a more upscale look to your entryway, dining area, or recreation room by applying the paint roller to create a well-lit walkway.
If you have a bar, you can put the roller on the floor in front of the bar and use the lighting from the bar’s fixtures to create a dramatic effect as you and your guests make their way from the entrance to the room. By applying the paint to unfinished garage floors, you can create a sleek, modern look, or a more classic and traditional look that will match your existing decorations.
Another great thing about applying the epoxy coating may cause a minor problem for some people. Although most people understand the bond between the primer and the finish, many do not realize that applying epoxy may cause some problems with some types of flooring.
Some types of flooring, such as laminate, have a poor adhesion level between the wood floor and the coat. If the floor is not sealed properly and the sealant has not been adequately applied, the wood may blister or warp when you apply the final layer. There are many types of epoxy flooring so you should make sure to choose the correct one.
Epoxy flooring is available in two forms – solid or liquid. The solid form is designed to be used at cold temperatures while the liquid form is designed to be used at room temperature. When choosing the type of coating to be used on a floor, you should consider applying it in the winter to reduce condensation.
It may take several applications of the liquid form to reach room temperature, but it will not take as long to dry. Once the coating dries, it will be ready to apply to cold temperatures. Applying an epoxy coating to a cold floor can sometimes cause it to blister or even bubble up. If you notice this happening, stop the application and wait until the floor is warm again.
Typically, this happens when applying the liquid form of the coating to a floor that is extremely cold. If the floors are hot when you apply them, the bubbles may not come out as easily and could cause a scuff or blister to appear.
There are some precautions that should be taken when applying this type of coating to a cold surface. One of these precautions is that the floor should be completely dry before you apply the coating to it.
The other precaution is that the floor should be flat, smooth, clean, and free from bumps, cracks, or crevices. The epoxy coating does not adhere well to uneven surfaces, so if there are any areas of the floor that are rough or uneven you should plan on using a brush or a roller to apply the coating.