Instructions for Rust-Oleum Concrete Resurfacer

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Rust-Oleum makes weather-resistant coatings for metal, wood and concrete surfaces. Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield Concrete Resurfacer is designed to provide a tough, smooth coating on concrete garage floors or basement floors. A chemical reaction takes place when both ingredients of the resurfacer are mixed together, making for a very durable surface when dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Push broom
  • Heavy-duty degreaser
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Dust mask
  • Protective goggles
  • Power drill
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Garden sprayer
  • Squeegee
  • 3/8-inch nap epoxy-safe paint roller
  • Wire brush areas of the concrete surface that may be unstable to remove loose pieces. Sweep the concrete with a push broom.

  • Apply a heavy-duty degreaser to the concrete surface with a scrub brush over any areas that have oil spills or grease. Work the degreaser in with the brush in a circular motion. Rinse the surface with clear water from a garden hose. Allow the surface to air-dry.

  • Wear a dust mask and eye protection. Attach the metal mixing blade that came with the resurfacer kit to a three-eighth inch power drill. Add the liquid portion of the resurfacer to a clean and empty five gallon bucket.

  • Insert the mixing blades into the liquid in the bucket. Turn the drill on at a slow speed. Slowly add the dry portion of the resurfacer to the liquid mixture while continuing to combine the mixture with the power drill.

  • Switch the drill to a higher speed once the mixture has been combined. Continue mixing at high speed until the mixture has a smooth consistency without any chunks. Turn off the drill and remove the mixing blades. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes before using.

  • Insert the mixing blades into the mixture and turn on the drill. Mix the resurfacer a few more minutes just prior to application.

  • Apply a fine mist of water to the surface of the concrete to be resurfaced with a garden sprayer. Sweep any water that has puddled from the concrete with a squeegee or broom.

  • Dip an epoxy-safe three-eighth inch nap paint roller into the mixture contained in the five gallon bucket. Apply the mixture by rolling an even coat over a four by four foot section of the concrete. Continue applying the mixture in four foot square sections until the entire surface of the concrete has been covered.

  • Allow the resurfacer to dry for 24 hours before foot traffic and four days before vehicle traffic is allowed on the surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the mixture begins to get thick before you are finish coating the concrete, insert the mixing blades and turn on the drill for a few minutes until the resurfacer is at the desired consistency.
  • Allow concrete that has just been poured to cure for at least 28 days before applying Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield Concrete Resurfacer. New concrete has a much higher moisture content than concrete that has been cured, which may affect the adhesion of the resurfacer.

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