A Quick Guide to Applying an Epoxy Coating
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Learning how to apply epoxy coatings properly is essential to ensuring a successful outcome. Epoxy coatings are comprised of a two-part application system along with a final sealing topcoat in many cases for a superior finish.
After removing any obstacles from the floor and protecting surrounding wall surfaces, you will want to remove any existing paint and spills that may be on the floor with sandpaper or a grinder. Next, wipe down the surface to ensure that all dust is removed. You will also want to mop the surface of the floor using an all-purpose cleaner and stiff bristle broom to get it as clean as possible. The floor will then need to be rinsed with clean water. Allow the floor to dry for a minimum of four hours.
Prior to applying the epoxy coating, make sure the area is well ventilated by opening doors and windows. You may also need to operate a fan to ensure there is ample ventilation. It is also important to wear proper protective gear, including eyewear, gloves, and a mask for high VOC epoxies.
Before applying the epoxy coating, you will need to stir each pail to make certain the solids on the bottom are blended in. Pour the hardener into the epoxy floor paint, stirring until the two are completely mixed.
Place a filter liner inside a paint tray and then fill the tray with the epoxy paint. Using a 3-inch paintbrush, brush the coating around the perimeter of the floor, using an even stroke. Fit an extension pole onto a paint roller and spread the paint over the floor, beginning at the corner of the room. Roll across the floor lengthwise, then using crosswise motions, working in small sections as you work your way toward the door. Allow the floor to dry and then apply a second coat.
If you want to add a clear coat consider a polyurethane or polyaspartic as you top coat for ultimate performance.
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