While we do a lot of commercial and large-scale concrete floor epoxy coating, we also tackle some residential floor coatings. We’re often asked if there are things that the DIYer can do to help this process or if it can actually be done by a weekend warrior. Typically we try to talk them out of it, not because it’s our business and livelihood but mostly because we’ve had to do so many fix-it jobs following a poorly done task. So you’ve spent all this time and energy and we have to come and rip everything and and start from scratch!
If you’re still not convinced and want to give it a go anyway, here are a few recommendations that we’ve learned along the way that may save you a few headaches.
- Safety – We have mentioned before that preparation for an epoxy coating or concrete staining is key. Most failures occur due to improper prep of the floor. Like any coating project, surface prep is the key. You will need to clean, repair, and etch or grind your floor in most cases to prep it for the coating. You may need to purchase concrete fillers repair products to handle the repairs, and take the time to clean thoroughly. The etching or grinding step requires some specific safety procedures. Please note that the etching solution that Armorpoxy carries is a mild/buffered acid used for etching, but reasonable precautions should be noted:
– Do you have the proper skin and eye protection (safety glasses, rubber gloves, long -sleeved clothing)?
– How about a respirator that is rated for organic vapors if you etch your floor?
– If you end up renting a concrete grinding machine from the local rental or home center, do you have a dust respirator to protect your lungs from the fine concrete dust that will be in the air while you work? Are you using eye protection?
- Codes – You need to be aware of what you can and can’t do in your town without permits. Easy with coating a garage floor, probably no permits are required, but check with your local authorities. During the etching process any acid used gets diluted so much from the washing step that it normally requires no special handling or precautions.
- Time – Most coating projects can be easily completed in just a few days or less. Materials that you use to fill cracks may need curing time. Each phase of the project has its own timetable for drying and curing before the next step can be started so make sure to allow proper time for that. Temperature can also affect cure times, slowing them down as it gets colder. If you are doing a coating project in temperatures colder than 55 degrees F, you may want to consider using a low-temp faster curing coating. Also, once a step is begun, you can’t stop in the middle and pick it up later without the risk of losing material from hardening and having the job turn out with an improper result. All of these must be taken into consideration before you start.
- Quality – We’re sure you’ve got some skills but you’ll need to take into consideration the quality of work and whether your job will stand the test of time.
– Will this last as long as a professionally done job? It will certainly help if you have followed your supplier’s instructions, and purchased a high-quality product.
– Check to see if you can easily maintain your coating with topcoat easily and inexpensively.
If you think carefully about the pros and cons, you may decide that you can and want to tackle the job, and obviously we recommend ArmorPoxy which has products and kits to make your DIY life easier. On the other hand, if you stacked up more cons for the DIY column, consider ArmorPoxy products installed by Prep- Crete (servicing the NY, NJ, CT area), professionals who know the ins and outs and will guarantee that you end up with a professionally applied coating that will last for years and add value to your home.
- Posted by paul2018
- On September 13, 2018
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