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Guide to Coating Garage Floor

Covering your solid carport floor with some sort of fixing coat has various advantages. Quality carport ground surface will amplify the life of the solid by keeping dampness out and avoiding chipping and scratching. In addition, it will look astounding.

Giving a water-tight obstruction is fundamental to guaranteeing your floor’s life span. The way to making that boundary is appropriate arrangement of the solid before applying a story covering, for example, a half breed polymer or epoxy. There is a touch of work included, yet it merits setting aside the opportunity to do it right and to not skip or fudge on any of the means. The outcome will be a story that goes on for a considerable length of time and will be a strong layer of security between your important belonging (counting the solid itself) and water/dampness harm which can be far costlier than the cost of the deck.

In view of the means included, you’ll have to arrange floor prepare as well as the real establishment itself deliberately. This applies whether you are doing the establishment yourself or having it done by an expert. A touch of thinking ahead will make the procedure less demanding, more productive and quicker.

# Before you begin

 A garage floor installation requires a bare floor, for obvious reasons. This is where pre-planning comes in. You’ll have to remove everything from the surface of the floor, so you’ll need to think about where you’ll store all of that stuff for the duration of the project. Floor prep can take an hour or two up to half a day, depending on size and other factors. The application process may take several hours. Dry/cure time is another 24-36 hours, depending upon the kind of product you apply. Consequently, all of the stuff you remove from your garage is going to have to hang out somewhere else for anywhere from two to four or five days. Be sure to plan accordingly.

# Once you have removed everything from the floor, give the entire surface a good sweep.

A broad dust mop will produce the best results. However, an ordinary household straw-type broom will work. Just make sure that you’re very thorough.

# Clean off surface stains as best you can.

Pay particular attention to grease/oil stains which, if left behind, can keep your coating from bonding with the concrete. Use a cleaner/degreaser that is safe and recommended for use on concrete if a simple wet rag is not enough to remove the stain.

## Prepare the surface.

There are two methods for this: manual and machine.

The manual method : Purchase a concrete etching solution, usually available at your local hardware or home building supplies store. Prepare it according to manufacturer’s direction (may need to be mixed with water) and apply (a sprayer works best, but a spray bottle or watering can may be a good substitution). Let it sit for time directed by the manufacturer (usually around 20 minutes). Then scrub the surface of the floor. This is best done with a broom-type brush.

The machine method : This is what a professional would use, but you can rent one from a local tool and building supplies rental shop. Machining usually does a more thorough job and is a little bit less back-breaking than the manual method.

 Important: do not skip step ## ! This is sometimes a temptation with do-it-yourselfers. As tedious and labor-intensive as this step is, it is the most critical step in preparing for garage flooring. This step serves to open up the millions of tiny pores in the concrete, which, in turn, gives the coating something to bond to. It must bond to every square inch of the surface in order to form an effective seal. Otherwise, there is not much point in sealing it at all. If you have any doubts about your ability (or your desire) to do this step, hire a professional. It is usually well worth the cost, and a good contractor will back up his work with some type of guarantee. It is a win-win for you.

# Spray the floor with water.

Use a pressure washer or ordinary hose. This will remove any debris left over from the grinding stage. Remove any standing/excess water or puddles with a or dry rag. You must allow your floor to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

# Apply the floor coating according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Directions may differ slightly depending on the type of coating, so read them carefully and do not try to cut corners. If the product calls for multiple coats, apply as many as required. Allow for proper drying time between coats as the instructions state.

# Allow your floor to dry completely after the final coat.

Again, dry time depends on product type. Failure to allow for drying can result in scratches or transfer of coating to anything that touches the floor, like your shoes or your tires. Do not move anything back into the garage or walk on the floor until you are certain it has dried completely. Keep your garage door open as much as possible to accelerate drying time.

As long as you follow each step with precision, you will end up with a floor that will last for years. New coats may be needed at regular intervals (refer to manufacturer’s instructions), but subsequent coats will be easier than the first one. Again, it may be worth your while to hire a professional for this. A professional will have done this kind of work many times and be experienced with getting a perfect bond in a timely manner. As already mentioned, he will also likely back his work up with a guarantee so, should you ever have problems, you will be able to get them fixed cheaply or free.