Introduction To Epoxy Resins

Laying Epoxy resin flooring is not easy, however with some care and the advice we give on this page you should be able to lay a good quality epoxy floor in you garage. Done well an epoxy floor will transform a garage into a w whole new room in your house. You can learn more at look at this site.

Preparation and Cleaning

Good preparation is key to a good epoxy finish. Over half our time on Commercial jobs is spent preparing and cleaning the floor. Preparation is best done with a a high pressure washer, or a concrete grinder. Both are available for hire from Coates or your local higher place. For around $100 you will only need it half a day.

Grind over the floor with the grinder, until the top layer of the cement is removed. Depending on the age and hardness of your concrete this may take a fair bit of grinding. Try and get as close to the edge as possible. Once finished sweep up all the dust. The give the whole thing a really good washout with a hose or high pressure washer. With some strong detergent Be sure to wash all of it off though, do not leave residue.

If you are preparing using the high pressure washer method, you will need some Hydrochloric acid. Wet the floor down with a hose, mix up the hydrochloric acid with some water. Wet down you drive way thoroughly, if you don’t want it etched also. Now spray or broom acid all over the floor, leave it sit for at least 10 minutes. Get you high pressure washer started wash the acid off and then go over the whole floor slowly blasting every part at fairly close range, to ensure that any dirt or loose concrete comes off.

Final Preparation

Give the floor a good blow out or a really good sweep out, you should be able to see dust when you sweep. The floor must be very, very clean or the epoxy won’t stick well. Tape a line of masking tape at the start of your driveway, where you garage stops, so you get a nice clean edge.

Mixing

It is vitally important to the part a resin to the part b (hardener) in the correct ratio. Normally 3 -1 but there are different ratio. Only mix up at most 4 litres at a time or it will go off before you have used it. Mix using a power drill with a pint mixer attachment for at least 3 minutes. To the primer you will also need to add a thinner to allow the primer to soak into the concrete.

Primer Coat

Don’t stuff around once mixed, quickly get you brush and in with a paint brush along the walls, of were you want to start. Cut in about going out in both direction from the back corner. Roll out a thin coat of over the entire floor, make sure that you don’t leave any gaps. You will need to push it out pretty well, it is only a primer the idea being that it soaks into the concrete, don’t try to put it on to thick.