Every day someone successfully installs a new garage floor epoxy coating but sometimes the results are not satisfying; as the garage owner might find the floor epoxy coating peeling up and cannot find the reason why. These two have to be mixed before application. After mixing and applying it to the desired surface, it cures. Ladies and gents, you now have your epoxy coating. For colored epoxy coatings, it is the resin that carries the tint. If the resin isn't tinted, your coating will be a clear one.
The following are some mistakes garage owners make; read them carefully to not repeat them with your garage floor epoxy coating installation.
Mistakes to be avoided when installing garage floor epoxy coating:
This mistake is a very common cause of failure of garage epoxy floor coating, especially for first timers who didn't try to do it on their own before. It does not only take cleaning the floor and then start the installation.
You need to make sure that the floor is clean from any oil or wax or anything from that type. Concrete is porous like our skin so make sure that its pores are clean and open for the new garage floor epoxy coating. This can be done by etching the concrete with acid or by grinding it which is better' but this might be hard to do for a homeowner.
This mistake happens a lot with no consideration for the importance of dry concrete
before applying garage floor epoxy coating.
Allow your floor to dry properly for one day (at least) to make sure it is totally dry. If you do not do this, the result is a garage floor epoxy coating full of bubbles.
If you are running out of epoxy and want to put it all on the floor, you will get a really bad result; as the floor won't be glossy enough and the color is not the same at each part of the floor. Also, the garage floor epoxy coating won't be powerful enough to withstand the conditions.
This mistake happens when you use a kit of single coat epoxy paint, so if you can, try to avoid using it.
Make sure to measure the amount of garage floor epoxy coating suitable for your garage to get a satisfying result.
While pouring the mix of epoxy coating onto the paint tray (or the floor directly), try to not scrape or to get all the proxy from the container to get a high covering rate; as the mix sitting on the sides and the bottom of the container is never mixed good enough to be suitable for usage.
If you try to mix in fast movements, you will trap air in the mix. If this happens, the result is bubbles of air in the garage floor epoxy coating.
You can stop this from happening when you stop pumping up and down with the mixer to not get air inside the mix.
If you apply the epoxy coating at a lower temperature than the recommended, the epoxy coating might never harden or cure in the desired way.
If you apply the epoxy coating at a higher temperature than the recommended, the time suitable for the application will be the half of the right time or more. You will get a garage floor epoxy coating reviews that is hardened and bubbly before you even apply it to the floor.
If your garage is high in humidity this might cause a moisture layer (which is microscopic so you can't see it) on the concrete surface. This will lead to the epoxy floor peeling up.
You must read and follow the instructions recommended by the producer of the garage floor epoxy coating for humidity and temperature.