Painting Your Garage Flooring

When I though about putting an Epoxy floor on my well worn warehouse floor, I tackled the task with the optimism that my only job was to find out which company was the most reasonably priced and still gave a quality install. My education began there. All epoxy floor products are not created equal!

Keep in mind that you will only have about two hours to work with epoxy paint. With that said, you will need to have a clear plan as to how the garage will be painted. Once you have figured that out, begin the painting process. Then, once complete, allow your first coat to dry for 12 to 24 hours. If you plan to apply a second coat after the first has thoroughly dried, the same amount of time will also need to be allowed. After the floor is completed, you will still need to allow 72 more hours for curing before you can start to park your car in the garage again.

Though stitch and glue method has been in existence for many years, the development of epoxy resin and high quality marine plywood has made it more popular. This method requires minimum skills and basic wood working knowledge only.

Here is the real key. If you are using Rust-Oleum, be sure to finish the color coat of Epoxy for wood with their clear coat. This adds a very high gloss look and it protects the color coat. Further, the clear coat bonds the chips to the color coat. The colored chips have sharp edges and stick to the color coat when immediately applied to a small (approximately 4′ x 4′) freshly applied color coat. That is a time consuming process when doing a 500 square foot garage floor.

After the sanding processes are finished remove any dust left on the wooden surface with high powered vacuums ready to seal the floor. First use a wood flooring primer from Bona then allow this to dry before buffing the floor again to remove any of the wood grain that has risen, giving it the best preparation for the wood flooring lacquer. Then apply 2 coats of Bona Mega wood flooring lacquer, one of the best seals on the market.

Once the panels are cut out a row of small holes is drilled into adjacent panels close to the edge and either copper wire or nylon tie-wraps are threaded through the holes to “stitch” the plywood edges together. Then an wood epoxy mixture thickened with silica or microspheres is puttied into the joint to make a fillet and the joint is taped over with fiberglass tape. The hull is flipped over and similar joints are made on the outside of the hull. Then, if desired, the hull is fiberglassed.

However, epoxies do have their drawbacks. The first of these to mention is that they are hard this therefore means they are brittle. You can mix them with additives that will make them less so, but the problem caused when you do this is that it will also reduce the strength. It’s therefore best to avoid using them on anything that needs to flex altogether, if at all possible.

Read the instructions, clean out the holes properly with the recommended brush, insert the proper amount of epoxy, and rotate the all thread slowly into the hole as the epoxy starts to ooze out of it. Do not touch or move the bolt for the next 24 hours.

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