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Applying Epoxy Coating to Your Garage Flooring

by Mary Smith (2018-01-30)

Often we don't believe about our garages or pay much attention to their appearance. They are merely a place to park the automobiles and store the excess boxes of Christmas adornments and such. However, like any other room in your house your garage floor must be taken care of. 
Because of the use it gets, coupled with drinking water, gas and engine oil that will inescapable be spilled after it, garage floor coverings may easily become broken and begin to break apart over time useful. Epoxy coating is one solution to your garage floor coverings challenge. Epoxy covering applies a level of sealant and protectant to your concrete garage floor to help it resist staining, moisture problems and helps it maintain steadily its appearance.
Installing epoxy flooring takes a little up-front planning before beginning. The main step in the procedure is ensuring the ground you will apply the epoxy layer onto is free of moisture, residual car paint and doesn't have a concrete sealer or other finishing put on it. 
To test for moisture, have a sheet of plastic material and take it to a 3-foot x 3-foot area using masking tape. Keep it there for approximately two times and then remove and look for any moisture collecting on the side of the clear plastic facing the floor. If moisture is present, than an epoxy floor finish is not ideal as epoxy requires a dried up surface to properly connection with the floors. 
Next, we'll test to make sure the flooring does not have a sealant already applied to it. This test will also look for the presence of oils in the cement as well. Take a cup of drinking water and pour it directly onto the existing flooring. It should soak into the floor in an acceptable timeframe. If it beads or just sits together with the flooring then your floors has probably already been sealed or has oil impurities. Epoxy flooring is not suited to cement floors that have already been covered or contain any type of olive oil residue as you won't bond. 
Finally, if you are willing to spend almost a year testing an area of your storage floor for suitability to installing epoxy flooring you can paint a tiny area with regular, oil-based teeth enamel. If this test area endures for several months then it is likely an epoxy finish can last as well. However, if you opt to proceed with making use of the epoxy covering you will need to eliminate this enamel layer which will require sanding.