Epoxy resin floor coating - processing in 3 steps

The concrete floor in the garage or in an older laundry room gets stains easily and absorbs any liquid downright greedy. In addition, due to the intensive use and moisture in these rooms, a concrete floor can begin to sands over time. However, this can be prevented by a floor coating with epoxy resin.

Durability for the concrete floor

Concrete floors sands over the course of time, thus creating holes and bumps. In garages, this often happens exactly in the track that is being driven on. So some garage have stronger potholes than an old country road.

Also in the basement or in the laundry room, the concrete floor quickly gets unsightly traces through daily use. A coating with epoxy resin lasts a lifetime and is non-slip and waterproof.

Determine soil condition

Before the concrete floor can be coated, it should be checked for its condition. Whether the soil already gives off sand and therefore has hardly any strength, you check with a steel pin or an old flat-head screwdriver. This scratches parallel lines in the concrete.

These should be about one centimeter apart. Subsequently, once again transverse lines are scratched. If you scratch with a coarse wire brush over this grid pattern, you can see what the texture of the concrete is.

If a few bits fall out or if a lot of sand falls, then the soil should either be sanded off generously beforehand or pretreated with a special epoxy concrete.

What else should be checked:

  • oil stains
  • absorbency
  • Shelf life of old paints
  • Check moisture in the concrete

Step by step perform epoxy floor coating

  • Primer 2-component
  • Coating 2-component
  • possibly additional slip inhibitor for the coating
  • special cleaners
  • Malerrolle
  • brush
  • bucket
  • Nitrile gloves
  • scrubbing brush
  • bucket
  • Painters shells
  • mixing paddle
  • Spatula / metal scraper
  • Puller with rubber lip
  • old swabs cotton

1. Thorough cleaning

The most extensive work is the cleaning of the soil. Especially in the garage, it is often a bit difficult to really remove every oil stain. You should scrape off the entire surface with a metal scraper or a wide spatula. At the same time, you will find remaining bumps, which must also be removed. After the area has been swept, you should go over it again with a vacuum cleaner.

1a. Mix special cleaner

Only when the pre-cleaning is completed and the dust has been removed, can you start with the actual cleaning. For this purpose, a special cleaner is mixed. For most floor coating kits, this is a granulate that must be dissolved in water. If there is no cleaner, buy a concrete cleaner, which is exactly designed for this pre-cleaning.

1b. Apply cleaner and work in

In order for the concrete to become pore-deep and later to take on the floor coating of epoxy resin, the cleaner must be worked in properly with a scrubber or a root brush. Then the concrete cleaner has to act for between 20 and 45 minutes depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

1c. Remove concrete cleaner

You can now remove the cleaner with a rubber lip or an old discarded wiper. Afterwards, the floor must be rinsed off with plenty of water to remove the remains of the cleaner.

Remember, the logical idea of ​​simply flushing cleaners and water out of the garage could kill the plants near the garage perfectly. You should rather pick up these liquids and drain them into the sewage system.

2. Mix primer

The primer can take place only when the soil has completely dried again. For a coating kit, the two components are already weighed and contained in matching mixing bags. Then the divider must be removed before you can mix the two parts together. For this, the bags are simply kneaded.

If you have not purchased a set, you must weigh or measure the individual components very carefully before you can mix the primer. The same applies, of course, for mixing in the seal.

If a special anti-slip additive is to be added, it must already be incorporated into the primer. You can just stir it in the color pan.

2a. Apply primer

Depending on the manufacturer, you may only have 20 minutes to apply the primer to the floor. With a painter role on a longer telescopic rod that works the easiest way. Always start in the back corner of the room and work backwards towards the door.

Before the sealer can be applied, the primer must dry. Pay attention again to the manufacturer's specifications exactly. It will probably take at least one day before work can continue.

3. Apply sealant

The sealer is actually applied and mixed exactly as before the primer. Again, the additives for a slip reduction after the actual mixing are subjected. Work again with the painter role train by train on the seal.

The complete drying time can take seven to ten days. Again, the manufacturer's information should be read carefully. As a precaution you should wait another day or two longer. After all, you only want to do this work once in a lifetime.

Tips & Tricks

So that you do not have to laboriously find products that are coordinated with each other, you should buy a floor coating set from the hardware store or in specialist shops. This usually contains both the appropriate hardener and the epoxy coating. Mostly also nitrile gloves and the special cleaner for epoxy are included.

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