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How to Install Epoxy Flooring in the Garage

The garage space is one of the most commonly neglected areas in the house. Yet, it is exposed to the most dust and dirt as it’s a shelter for your vehicles that are out on the road and often dirty. Epoxy flooring is a popular choice for garages because it is durable and easy to clean. It’s a long-term solution that you can rely on without having to worry about too much maintenance. Plus, epoxy flooring is flame-resistant, which makes them an even better option.

Installing epoxy following to your garage takes time and effort, which is why most people prefer to rely on the help of a professional home improvement company. If you are thinking about installing epoxy flooring in your garage, here are the steps you need to follow:

1. Prepare the surface

The first step is to make sure the surface is clean and free of any debris or dirt. You will also need to remove any old paint or sealant from the floor. The best strategy to take here is to start by using a flat-edged shovel to get rid of persistent and strong hard debris. After that, use a vacuum cleaner and go over the floor to remove excess dirt. Once the floor is clear of particles, use a degreasing product and remove any oily stains or grease. Make sure to wear protective gloves and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Apply water to the floor

Next, make sure the floor is wet. You can opt for a power scrubber with a brush attachment together with the degreaser. Go over all corners and hard to reach spots. Once the floor is completely clean, take a rubber squeegee and extract the soapy and dirty water. Use a wet-dry vac to get rid of the solution and safely dispose of it.

3. Use an acid-etching mixture

Create your own acid-etching mixture by mixing in 12 ounces of 32% muriatic acid in 15 cups of water in a bucket or plastic sprinkler can. Sprinkle the mixture on the floor making sure it’s evenly spread out.

4. Scrub

Make sure that the whole floor is acid etched. This can be done by scrubbing and etching. Once you’ve gone through this step, rinse the floor to get rid of any acid excess. Wait for a day for the floor to completely dry.

5. Preparing the epoxy coating

Mix the epoxy. Once you have the surface prepared, you will need to mix the epoxy according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

7. Applying the epoxy

You’re now ready to start applying the epoxy along the perimeter of your garage. You can rely on duct tape to help you. Next, use a roller to paint the floor. Dip the roller where the epoxy is and make sure that you don’t get epoxy on the whole roller but just the bottom half. Keep edges wet as you move from one area to the next to avoid seams.

There you have it! You’re now ready to enjoy the new flooring in your garage. We hope you’ll find this information useful for your next home renovation project.

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