How to Epoxy Coat a Garage Floor – Is There a Better Way?

If your garage floor is showing wear and tear, or is a slippery hazard during the rainy season in Tampa, you may consider applying an epoxy garage coating. Not only do epoxy floors make your garage look more finished and clean, but they offer several benefits unmatched by a concrete floor. At Performance Floors and Coating, we understand that you may want to epoxy coat your garage floor on your own. Below, we offer information about the benefits of epoxy garage coatings, and the application process involved. 

How to Apply Epoxy Garage Coatings

The basic process of applying an epoxy floor coating is relatively straightforward. Besides the array of resources on the internet, the DIY epoxy you choose also has its own application instructions. In the end, the more you know about the process before you begin, the better your chances of a successful result. 

Prepare the Surface

Proper preparation of your garage floor is an essential first step when applying an epoxy product. If the floor is prepared incorrectly, the epoxy won’t adhere, and the entire project is a bust. First, vacuum loose debris from the floor. Next, grind the floors to expose the pores of the concrete, which allows the epoxy to flow in and create a strong bond. Once you’ve completed this step, thoroughly vacuum again to remove the concrete dust.  

Repair and Prime The Floor 

Inspect the floor for cracks and repair as necessary. Then, apply an epoxy primer. This helps the epoxy adhere more effectively, and keeps it lasting longer. 

Apply the Epoxy Garage Coating

This step is where you want to ensure that you know exactly what you’re doing. Make sure to keep your necessary tools in reach, and have a plan for how you’ll move through the garage. When you’re ready, use an electric mixer to mix the epoxy according to the instructions. Apply the epoxy carefully, using a high-quality roller. After applying epoxy to a section, back roll it to eliminate bubbles and other imperfections, and to ensure uniform application of the epoxy. 

Apply the Second Coat of Epoxy

The second coat of epoxy typically goes on between 10-24 hours after the first coat, so make sure you follow the manufacturer instructions. To test if the epoxy is dry, press your finger on a spot – if it leaves a print or feels tacky, it needs more time to cure. 

Pro Tips For Applying Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxying a garage floor involves time and energy, so you want to make sure that you do it correctly. Some tips to keep in mind when you’re considering a DIY epoxy garage floor install include:

  • Make sure you have a sufficient amount of epoxy to complete the job, so you don’t end up with an uneven finish.
  • Applying epoxy is a time-sensitive process, so a second person helping ensures a better result.
  • The more you know about the epoxy application process, the more likely it is to go smoothly and offer the results you desire.
  • High-quality tools and preparation are essential to a satisfactory epoxy application and result.
  • Know the finer points of successful garage floor epoxy coating application – adequately prepare your workspace in advance, and don’t rush the process.

Let the Professionals Do the Work For You

If the DIY process above seems too complex or you’re worried about doing it correctly, let the experts at Performance Floors and Coating take over. Our durable, waterproof garage floor epoxy products protect your floors from the moisture, mold, and mildew that sneaks up on Tampa residents. We use a proven application process and the best epoxy products in the industry to ensure that your garage floor turns out perfectly. Our epoxy garage floors offer slip-proof, easy to clean and  impact-resistant surfaces, giving you an easy-to maintain garage space with a professional finished look. 

Choose Performance Floors and Coating For Your Garage Floor Coatings

At Performance Floors and Coating, we have over 20 years of experience providing top-quality service to our customers in and around Tampa, FL. We’re proud of our five-star reputation, and strive to maintain it through our attention to detail, open communication, and fair pricing. Our epoxy garage coatings come with a 15 year warranty, because we do all of our floor projects right the first time. Performance Floors and Coating gets your garage floor project done in as a little as one day, because we understand the importance of keeping your garage usable. For the best epoxy garage coatings in Tampa, call us today at 813-212-2271 and schedule an appointment for a free quote.

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