22 Mar 4 Metallic Epoxy Flooring DIY Pitfalls to Avoid
Installing your own garage or shop floor comes with a number of advantages. A big one is that you can apply a metallic epoxy coating to give your floor a beautiful, professional look.
This is why metallic epoxy flooring DIY projects have become so popular in recent years for both professional and personal installations.
Nonetheless, you still need to be careful about taking on this kind of project. What may seem like an easy task may be anything but that, and unfortunately you’ll never get the best results using store-bought products that are only designed to last a year or two before the chipping and peeling begins, leaving you wishing you’d hired a professional using dealer-grade product to complete the job.
But for some, your heart is set on doing it yourself, and for that we still have some advice to get you started! Below, we’re going to cover the major issues you need to look out for before you begin any metallic epoxy flooring DIY project, which will significantly increase your chances of being happy with the final result.
Cracks, Debris and Other Signs of Trouble
We’ll start with the easiest one. Even though it’s a simple step, overlooking it can cause huge problems; therefore, you don’t want to take it for granted.
Put simply, you want the floor of your garage or shop to be as clean as possible and free of cracks or other common signs of wear and tear that can develop over the years. Don’t simply plan to fill in these damaged areas with the metallic epoxy material; that’s not what it’s meant for.
A clean, level surface will ensure that the epoxy bonds with the material below it and that your floor ends up equally level and aesthetically pleasing.
Proper Foundation Preparation
Next, take a look at the foundation of your garage. The big thing to look for before your metallic epoxy flooring DIY project is to ensure that the foundation sits above grade. Otherwise, you may later find that cleaning your garage becomes unnecessarily difficult around the edges.
Fixing this problem is simple enough. When you begin coating the floor, just be sure that you don’t end until you’re a few inches up the vertical side.
Open the Surface of Your Concrete
The next thing you want to do before beginning your metallic epoxy flooring DIY project is to address the concrete by confirming it will be ready to bond with the epoxy. This is different than the first step because it affects the entire floor and is something you’ll have to do regardless of what kind of condition the concrete is currently in.
Three of the most common ways of doing this are:
- Diamond grinding
- Shot blasting
Aside from making it easier for the concrete and your metallic epoxy to bond, this preparatory work will also help with removing surface contaminants that may have survived the first step. You definitely don’t want to begin putting down epoxy until all of the following have been removed:
- Concrete hardeners
- Excessive acidity or alkalinity
Any of these could stand in the way of resinous primers fully penetrating into the concrete.
The Required Number of Coats
Finally, you’ll have to think about how many coats of the metallic epoxy you’re going to put down.
We recommend two coats for most metallic epoxy flooring DIY projects. That’s because the initial coat will usually only prime the concrete, so a second becomes necessary to get the beautiful look you want.
Check the instructions on your epoxy before beginning. It might provide guidelines for your particular type of project. In some cases, three or four coats may be necessary.
If you’re planning a metallic epoxy flooring DIY project in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and would like some help with any of the above or simply have questions, contact us today and we’ll get back to you ASAP. At PDC Coatings, our team of experts have more than 15 years of experience helping people just like you.