Epoxy flooring materials are becoming increasingly popular in commercial as well as industrial use. Epoxy flooring comprises a two-section epoxy system- a blend of polymer resins and hardeners, similar to an epoxy glue. These organic carbon chain compounds mixed with other elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen look extremely incredible, along with lifetime advantages.
The epoxy flooring is of different types which are used on floors. Some types are self-leveling epoxy coatings, self-dispersing epoxy, graveled, mortar epoxy, antistatic epoxy, and vapor barrier epoxy. Each of these has distinctive advantages.
Step 1: Cleaning the Surface
The intended surface should be spotless. You can begin the floor cleaning process with a leaf blower to get rid of the wood chips, dirt, or anything that’s sitting on the surface.
Note- When you blow all the floor dust, ensure to use the leaf blower on the walls as well.
Step 2: Inspect the Floors for any residue.
Believe it or not, the worst happens when we least expect it. To avoid falling into the worst case, you should ensure a final inspection of the floor before installing the epoxy. If there is any paint drip on the floor, you can use Soy Gel or a paint stripper to lift the paint.
Step 3: Sanding the Floor and Vacuuming
Sanding will help balance out the rough concrete edges and flatten your floors smoothly. You can hit the floors with a sanding screen at 60 or 80 grits two times perpendicular to each other. Now, remember that sanding will create a lot of dust. For that, you can apply water and then vacuum it all up.
Step 4: Acetate
Mix one to one ratio Water with Muriatic Acid and apply with a sprayer. In circular motion. The circular motion spraying will prevent getting patterns on your concrete and give you better coverage on that concrete.
Step 5: Neutralize the Acid
Use Ammonia and Water mixture in the ratio of 20:1. You can use a commercial scrubber to spread the water and ammonia mixture, or you can throw the mixture with a cup on the entire floor. Make sure to spread the mixture using a stiff-bristled broom and vacuum it next. Don’t leave anything undone. Cover everything.
Step 6: Cleaning up Ammonia
After neutralizing the acid, give the floor one more rinse with clean water. Now in a way, you need to clean up the Ammonia. Give the floor one pass or maybe two until it is clean. The vacuum will absorb water from the pores of the floor.
Note: Use the commercial vacuum. Just moping or wiping is just like gliding over the floor.
Step 7: Let the floor dry.
After absorbing the water all day, your floor will end up with a high moisture level. Thus, it would help if you made sure the floor is entirely dry. Leave it dry completely overnight. The moisture level in the floor should be below 50% when you apply epoxy.
Step 8: Applying Epoxy Flooring Material
Now that the floor is prepped, clean, etched, you can apply epoxy. Tape off all the boundaries. Tape off the border or anything you don’t want the epoxy on. Stage your mixing area properly. Epoxy comes in two parts. Part A and Part B.
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