An epoxy floor is a durable indoor and outdoor floor style. While epoxy is resilient and should last a long time, it is not indestructible and may eventually need to be repainted. Always use caution when using epoxy; it has noxious fumes. Always use excellent ventilation and protective equipment when repainting epoxy floors.
Things You'll Need
- Power washer or floor scrubber
- Eye protection
- Lung protection (Respirator is recommended)
- Rubber boots
- Wet vacuum
- Epoxy primer
- Epoxy paint
- Nylon brushes
- Paint roller with extension pole
- Paint trays
Clean the floor. This is best done by sweeping up any debris with the broom and then using the power washer to thoroughly clean the surface area. Allow the floor to dry.
Turn off all pilot lights to any appliances. Open as many windows or other sources of ventilation as possible. Remove any pets and children from the area to prevent inhalation of fumes.
Put on all safety equipment. Make sure the respirator fits snugly on your face. Your gloves should fit snugly so you can work with better dexterity, preventing spills or errors.
Mark your lines with painters tape.
Pour epoxy paint into tray.
Coat the edges by using the nylon brushes to apply the epoxy. This is important to do first because you will not be able to step on the wet floor to do the edging. Remove the tape before the epoxy dries and you begin the floor.
Review the room to determine the best spot to begin and create a plan so you don't paint yourself into a corner.
Roll a thick coat of epoxy on the entire surface of the floor, according to your plan in Step 7. Do not step on the epoxy while it is wet as this will create permanent marks and grooves in the floor.
Allow the epoxy to dry. You should give this at least 16 hours before applying a second coat by repeating Steps 4 through 8.
Allow the epoxy to cure. For garages, it is recommended to wait a month before parking a car on the new floor. For high-traffic areas, you may want to use a paint finish after a week to protect the epoxy.
Tips & Warnings
- Never work with epoxy in a room that is not properly ventilated. Always use protective equipment, especially a respirator. These are under $20 at most hardware stores.
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