Have you decided to use epoxy coatings within your home or business space? If so, then you are likely already aware of the numerous benefits to be obtained. Not only does epoxy serve as a sealant that boosts safety, but it also has the capability to be applied in various ways to reflect a truly unique appearance. Some people have even applied epoxy to make concrete floors look like marble. Before you start the process of applying epoxy, it’s important that you take a moment to learn about what could go wrong. Here’s a quick look at five of the top mistakes and how you can avoid making them.
The surface HAS to be DEEP cleaned
Before applying epoxy to any surface, it needs to be deep cleaned, especially in areas that are undergoing a new construction or remodel. A deep clean will involve soap and water—possibly ammonia—and a scrub brush. After the surface has been scrubbed, it then needs to be vacuumed dry. You will want the floor to be completely dry before applying the epoxy coating.
Once again, the surface HAS to be DRY
It cannot be stressed enough just how important it is that the surface(s) in which the epoxy is being applied to are completely dry. Even after taking a wet vacuum cleaner to the floor, you will want to let the surfaces continue to dry for at least another 24 hours. If you have the time to wait, waiting 48 hours will be even better.
Make sure you have enough epoxy
If you start to run out of epoxy and think that you can stretch it out by applying a thinner coating on certain surfaces, you will likely end up with spots that don’t appear near as glossy as the rest of the surfaces. Because of this, it is imperative that you make sure to have enough epoxy on hand to fully cover the surface area you are wanting to coat. With this in mind, if you have 400 square feet of area that you want to coat and you buy an epoxy kit that says it will cover 300 to 400 square feet, you will probably cut yourself short. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed that you will run short if the floor has been properly prepared because concrete floors are porous and will absorb a bit of epoxy.
Did you mix the epoxy right?
When you start the process of applying epoxy, you will first notice that you have to mix two substances together. If you don’t properly mix them, the epoxy will chip and not be as durable as it’s supposed be. Also, when the mixture hasn’t been mixed correctly it can lead to air bubbles in the coating, which will make the flooring appear cheap and unprofessional.
What’s the temperature outside?
Another common mistake made when applying epoxy coating is not performing the activity in correct weather temperatures. If it’s below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, you will want to save the task for another day. Although some epoxy experts state the coating can be applied in colder temperatures, it’s best not to chance ruining the entire floor.