Tips and Tools to Applying Garage Floor Coating
To add a professional finish and help protect your garage flooring you should add a new garage floor coating. Mostly any type of concrete flooring can have the coating applied just as long as it is cleaned and prepared. To properly prepare your floor for the garage floor coating you just need to thoroughly clean it. It must be completely free from oil and oil stains, dirt, dust and any other substance. After you finish washing the floor thoroughly, allow the floor to dry for up to an entire day. If you do not allow the floor to dry long enough, the coating will not stick when you beginning applying.
Once the floor is clean and free from all dirt and debris, your garage floor coating can begin being applied. You want to first apply primer to the floor and when doing so, cover every inch evenly and entirely. You can begin applying the base coat of your floor coating after your primer has fully dried. For most coating tasks you will have a primer, a base coat and a top coat of some sort, but there are some people who prefer to just use one coat of their material on their garage floor. Either way you go just make sure to apply it evenly and thoroughly.
Whether you apply one or two layers of garage floor coating, make sure you allow each layer at least 4 to 6 hours to dry completely. Cracking and other damages can occur to your coating if you do not allow it to properly dry. Applying your coating during too hot or too cold temperatures is not advisable either. You want to apply your coating during temperatures of 55 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit for it to stick the best. Check the forecast as well because if there is rain coming you do not want to start your coating. The moisture that rain causes may make your floor coating to not stick to the floor.
Maintaining the care of your garage floor coating after you have applied it is crucial to how long it lasts. For the first 30 days after applying the coat, do not clean or scrub your garage flooring. You can remove any tire markings you acquire by scrubbing them with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad. Whenever you do start to clean your floor, use soap, water and a standard shop broom brush. Do not use a power washer on your newly coated garage floor as it could cause it to chip or even come off in some sections.
If your garage or work space has a lot of traffic, be it foot or vehicle, you will have to touch up the coating on a regular basis. If you have the coating and right tools you can do your own touch ups within a matter of minutes. To make your garage floor coating stick out and pop even more, add color paint or paint chips to it.