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Protecting Your Concrete Floor From Damage

By Edited May 13, 2015 0 0

If you have a concrete floor you may think it is indestructible but you would be mistaken.  There are actually several things which can damage a floor to the point that it becomes unsightly.  Many people think they can just slap on any old concrete floor paint and they will get all the protection they need.  But this is wrong on two fronts.  First, a normal paint really offers no protection for the floor surface, and second, this can actually make the floor more unsafe because it will be very slick when it gets wet.

Your best bet for floor protection is an epoxy based product that will offer a good coating along with better slip protection when anti-slip additives are added on the surface before it completely cures.  This may sound like a lot of work but in reality it is not much different than rolling on a standard house paint.  You have to be very careful to clean the floor before hand in order for the material to stick but this is the case with any paint also.  If a surface is stained with oil or some other petroleum based product, then no paint will last for very long.

A great way to get everything you need for this project is to buy a do it yourself epoxy kit.  This product contains everything necessary to get a great result when you coat your concrete floor.  This makes it nice because you don’t have to remember to get all the items separately.  If you are anything like me, then you usually have to make at least two trips to the hardware store for any home project you do.

An epoxy paint is composed of two liquids-the resin and the hardener.  When these are combined a chemical reaction occurs which will turn the liquid into a very tough solid.  The resin and the hardener are mixed together just like when you are doing fiberglass work.  This is then rolled out on the floor with a nap roller.  Next, either anti-slip paint flecks or anti-slip grit can be spread on the surface to give good traction even if oil or some other automotive liquid is accidentally spilled.

You can walk on the epoxy surface in about 18 hours but you don’t want to park your car on it until it has cured for at least three days.  If you live in a hot climate then you will want to wait a week to limit the possibility of tire lift when you pull into the garage with hot tires.

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