Application Tips

This category is where you will find tips on how to avoid mistakes when installing coatings and flooring. We will also discuss how to get around certain problems.


WHY AND WHEN TO USE AN EPOXY FLOORING PRIMER

We get asked so many times about using a primer that it deserves a blog post. The majority of Garage Floor installations do not require a primer if you are using a high quality epoxy. There are times however that a primer is recommended. If your floor has concrete that is old it may be in poor condition from being uncoated for many years. Road salts may have started to break it down. You may have pitted areas, a primer will help in filling in the pitted areas. Your floor may have become what we call chalky or dusty, this is where no matter how much you clean the floor there always seems to be concrete dust or chalk on it when you rub your hand over it. This is where a primer comes into play. It will penetrate into your concrete and bind up the chalky loose top layer of the floor. You should shop vac your floor thoroughly to get down to the solid part of the floor as best as possible before applying the primer.

You may be doing your floor and your square footage is slightly above the standard kit coverage. Your choice is to buy an additional Add On Half Kit or you can purchase the Epoxy Flooring Primer that will do several things. It will penetrate into the slab deeper which provides better adhesion and it will extend the coverage of the epoxy by up to 20% since the epoxy is now going over a sealed surface. So in addition to giving you another layer of epoxy for a thicker floor finish(thicker is always better) it can also save you some money.

You may have a floor that you previously coated with another epoxy that is failing. If it’s not a Home Improvement Store epoxy you can possibly still save it by coating directly over it with one of our epoxy kits. But first you must sand the floor to clean it and rough it up and then put down a coating of our Proprietary Bonding Primer. This lets our coating stick to any other kind of coating. This is not to be confused with the Epoxy Flooring Primer above which is strictly for bare concrete. The Bonding Primer can be used to go over Wood Floors or Molding prior to applying an epoxy coating to them. Or you may have a plastic or metal drain cover you want to coat with the epoxy to make the floor look really nice. Epoxies don’t stick will to metal or plastic, Bonding Primer solves that issue.

You may be the type of person who has large toys in their Garage or Man Cave or uses their space as a work shop. Or you may be the type that just wants the strongest, toughest epoxy flooring there is. This where you need and want a primer. If you have a heavy tonnage vehicle like a large Motor Home that can weigh up to 50,000lbs, you definitely want a primer. Any heavy vehicle that will have twisting or turning tires with standstill dead weight on them requires the highest amount of adhesion to avoid the epoxy being literally ripped off the floor. This is where a high performance primer is needed. Our primers are really high quality epoxies that don’t have as much Solids in them as are actual floor epoxies do, to allow them to soak a little more into the slab. They lock deep into the slab and provide a surface that the Epoxy to actually chemically bonds into thus making an inseparable layer of primer and epoxy. If you stopped at our Primer layer you would still have a better coating on your floor than the vast majority of other actual epoxy coatings you can purchase.

So there are many uses and times when you need and should use a primer and often times when you don’t. If you are unsure of whether you should or shouldn’t simply give us a call-866-532-3979 or email us at info@armorgarage.com


When You Need To Shot Blast & How To Do Full Broadcast

Take a look at the finish of the concrete in the photo above, you’ll notice that it was very poorly finished, not to mention how dirty and oil stained it is. It’s full of swirl marks with large ridges and deep grooves. 99% of the time diamond grinding can take care of prepping a slab for an epoxy coating but in cases like this where you have deep swirl marks or the floor is pitted then the best solution is to shot blast. Shot blasting will clean out all the low spots while a grinder would ride along the top of the ridges and not get down into the valleys. You can do an aggressive grind followed by a couple of strong Muriatic acid washes if you have the time. The acid will clean out the low spots. We would do a final rinse with TSP powder to neutralize the slab back to the proper PH.

Shot blasting also removes oil stains better than grinding. The drawback of shot blasting is that it’s not a first time user friendly endeavor. You can very easily shot blast parts of the floor more than others resulting in a very uneven finish. Also when overlapping with the machine from one section to another you will get lawnmower lines that can show through your finished epoxy finish. This can happen with any epoxy coating since it’s caused by the fact as you overlap you are creating deeper shot indentations which will hold more epoxy. The more epoxy in those overlap strips have more pigment and therefore will be a shade darker. Most experienced shot blasters know how to avoid this but if you’ve never done it before it could be an issue. Notice the lines in the image below

So if your floor looks like the above and you want to shot blast it yourself we suggest you do either our Armor Granite or a full broadcast color flake installation. Full broadcast is simply covering 100% of the floor with color flakes, thus hiding all the floor’s imperfections. The Armor Granite is about a 90% coverage and in most cases will hide all the imperfections. We offer a full broadcast version of the Armor Chip garage epoxy kit.

We would strongly recommend the Armor Granite for two reasons, it’s much easier to install and it’s less expensive. It’s also a gorgeous finish. Full broadcast is not as easy as it looks. You need a tremendous amount of chips to start with and it’s very easy to end up with uneven blotches and lumps of the colored flakes.

Here’s a quick rundown of how to do a full broadcast. As you apply each section of the epoxy you walk in the epoxy with spike soles, don’t even think of doing this without spikes. We would suggest you have a good size box of flakes in one arm and with the other take large handfuls and toss them in the air in a left to right arc at about a 45 degree angle. Try to avoid throwing them straight up in the air. This will result in the dreaded lumps and blotches of flakes. You will do the floor one section at a time until complete.

Once the epoxy has dried you will need a good floor scraper such as the one in this photo. Notice how the floor is fully covered with flakes.

With the scraper you will remove all the loose flakes, the flakes sticking up and hopefully any lumps you have created. Once fully scraped down you need to vacuum the floor with a shop vac. If you still see some spots not to your liking, you can hit them with some 80 grit sandpaper to smooth them out some more.

Next you will now need to apply the topcoat and you will have to do two coats since all those flakes create millions of nooks and crannies. Do one coat and let dry, apply second coat with 24 hours with a nonslip additive for traction. Let dry and now you have a full broadcast epoxy floor.


When Should I Do Crack Repairs Before Or After Etching?

Just about every concrete floor will have a crack or two in it. So what is the best way to repair them and when should you do it. Let’s start with surface cracks. These are tiny stress cracks that are at the surface and can be filled in with our Military Epoxy or our Garage Epoxy. Next are Hairline cracks, even though they are relatively small cracks they often run down through the whole depth of the slab. Trying to fill these in with the epoxy may or may not work so best to fill them in to be safe. We would recommend you use our Instant Crack Repair. It’s a two part epoxy you mix together and putty knife it into cracks and divots. Then you can paint right over it. It won’t crack or chip out either. You would do this repair after your floor has been grinded or acid etched.

Next would be cracks lets say from 1/4″ and up. We would recommend you use the Crack & Joint Compound. This product gets mix with Playground sand in about a 50 lbs sand to 1 gallon of mixed liquids. The idea is to add the sand to the mixed epoxy until it gets to a grout consistency. Then you can apply it to cracks, divots, holes or pitted areas. This product should be applied before you do your prep work.

For large areas that are pitted or cracked you can use the Skim Coat Patch or one of the Self Leveling Slurries on our concrete floor repair page. Just keep in mind when using any skim coat or floor slurry it’s strongly recommended to use a primer. The reason being is that the patched areas will absorb the epoxy paint at a different rate than the concrete. This can result in color variations if you don’t use a primer. In the case of resurfacing the entire floor with a slurry. The slurry will absorb more than the concrete yielding much less coverage if you don’t prime first.

If you have concerns about prepping your floor correctly please give us a call and one of our flooring experts will be glad to help you out.


Commercial Epoxy Flooring Doesn’t have to Cost a Fortune but can Last a Lifetime

Commercial Epoxy Flooring

How do you define a lifetime in a business? Is it the number of products you sell? The number of customers you please? The positive reviews and testimonials that you receive? No matter how you actually define the life of your business, the one thing you never want to measure it in, is the number of times that the concrete floor in your shop fails. https://blog.armorgarage.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=204&action=edit. This is where good commercial epoxy flooring can really make a difference.

Concrete – A Delicate Material

Commercial Epoxy FlooringWhen you think of concrete, you probably don’t think of it being fragile, but let’s be honest, it is. You can scratch it, crack it, and cause all sorts of other damage. Most commonly, these floors are corroded from salts or chemicals, which commonly make appearances in commercial facilities. You could be running an auto repair company, a private jet service, or any number of other industries that require the use of commercial epoxy floor coating. You know exactly what you need to do in order to protect your floor, but how do you go about it, and is it going to be expensive?

You’ve probably heard of epoxy, but you have probably also heard that it is indeed expensive. Products like Armor II are not prohibitively expensive, though we’re not going to say that they won’t lighten your wallet a little bit. The thing is, however, that it will be more expensive in the long run to go without it. What must be understood, is that a damaged concrete floor is going to cost you a lot of money to fix, while a simple coat of epoxy and topcoat is a one-time expense for the next ten to fifteen years. Which would you rather spend your money on?

The Magic of Epoxy

There are many things that a coat of epoxy will do for you. First of all, it’s going to protect your floor against scratches, which is a great thing in and of itself. Secondly, it will help to reject moisture, which is something that many concrete floor owners never actually think about. Concrete is porous, and it absorbs water like nobody’s business. What does that mean to you exactly? It means that as you concrete absorbs water it can expand, it can crack, and it can become pitted If you apply epoxy, however, you can prevent all of that very easily.

Epoxy will cover the floor, it will provide a beautiful high gloss showroom finish, and overall, it will ensure that you don’t have any damage for the foreseeable future. This is a great way to avoid spending more money on your floor than you have to, especially if it sees a lot of traffic.

Commercial epoxy floor coatings have many other benefits, for example, because of the moisture proof seal, it will have the ability to reject chemical spills that might have damaged the integrity of your slab and necessitated an entirely new pour. Their high gloss finish will brighten up any work space. Having your customers seeing and walking on a showroom finish greatly improves the image of your business. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider the installation of an epoxy coating, and choosing the right one is paramount.

Getting the Right Epoxy Coating

ArmorGarageThere are obviously many different types of epoxy floor out there for you to consider, but the most important thing that you can do is choose one that is suited for the commercial industry. There are so many different types of floors that need epoxy coatings, from hangars, to show rooms, laboratories, and of course repair shops. You will find that there are more benefits than just durability, however. For example, an epoxy floor will make the room brighter, make the floor slip resistant, easier to keep and clean, and most importantly, it’s going to make the rest of your facility look better .

Is that really something that you want to miss out on? Probably not! If you’re ready to make yours a great place to work, then this would probably be a great time to take a look at the website and view the different types of epoxy floor coatings that are available. Remember, you never want to choose the cheaper, lesser epoxy flooring that they sell in retail stores – always go for the best, and treat your floor the way it deserves to be.

 


The Best Commercial Epoxy Flooring for Car Showrooms

Best Commercial Epoxy Flooring

Commercial Epoxy FlooringCar showrooms present a particular challenge in that you need to be able to park your vehicles inside them, but there is little doubt that they can cause problems for your floor. Even the sturdiest of concrete floors are going to have their fair share of difficulties, and for a few different reasons. First of all, you have to consider weight, and secondly, you need to consider the damage a vehicle could potentially do to a floor.

Traditionally, a showroom car won’t have to worry about oil leaks due to the new quality of the parts within, but there are so many other factors that need to be considered. The importance of having a good commercial epoxy floor coating simply cannot be overstated. Luckily, Armor II is here to meet your needs.

Basics of an Epoxy Floor

If you’re here then you already know the benefits of an epoxy floor, but we will reiterate a bit. First of all, epoxy flooring is very smooth, but it is slip resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about accidents while you are working. Secondly, it is both scratch and chemical resistant which makes it ideal for any type of commercial floor. This is especially true, however, in the case of a show room floor. Let’s talk a bit about Armor II and the benefits that it can offer you.

Armor II – The Ultimate Epoxy Flooring Solution

The first thing that we want to say about Armor II, as a commercial epoxy flooring for sale, is that it is actually approved of by the United States Coast Guard. It is used in many of their helicopter air station hangars, and let’s be honest, if the military trusts it, you can be sure it’ll work just fine on your showroom floor. There are plenty of other applications including:

  • Commercial Garages
  • Warehouses
  • Workshops
  • Hangars
  • Machine Shops

We’ve covered many of the benefits, but one thing that many other epoxy fall short on is the usability by the average individual. One of the biggest problems that people tend to have with epoxy flooring is their inability to install it themselves, and of course having to call on the services of a professional. The Armor II commercial epoxy floor coating however, can be installed by anyone, and is specifically designed as a ‘do it yourself’ product.

Race cars and Airplanes

Epoxy Flooring SolutionSo what sets this coating apart from many others? Let’s start with the fact that it’s rated for up to G-650 Aircraft. Inside the kit you’re going to find all the tools you need to get started, from the 2-part epoxy base coat, to the floor prep etch solution. It’s never been easier, and it even comes with epoxy rollers to make adherence to the instructions simpler than ever.

A showroom is a bit different from other rooms that will require an epoxy flooring, mostly in that instead of constantly working on vehicles and other projects, you will be building a room in which to show off your vehicles. This applies in many different scenarios, for example you might be a car collector that allows either the public or the occasional individual to view, or simply to show off to your friends.

Either way, there are several characteristics that you will want your floor to have. First of all, you need it to look good, and you need it to take on the incredible aesthetic that only commercial epoxy floor paint can provide. The second thing you will want, is to make sure that it’s bright. Even if your epoxy is a bit of a darker color, it will still reflect light quite nicely, and that will mean energy efficiency along with a sharpness and contrast that a typical floor would simply fail to deliver. This might not be a military grade coating, but it’s nothing short of amazing.

If you want to take it a step further and make your new floor even more amazing, then it would definitely be within your best interest to invest in a topcoat. Keep in mind that many competitors try to pass off clear epoxy as topcoat, but in a technical sense, a topcoat needs to have a lower abrasion rating that the epoxy otherwise it provides no benefit. All ArmorGarage floors last much longer as they adhere to these standards and provide the best flooring solution in the epoxy industry, hands down.

 

 


What is a Topcoat and Why is it Important for a Garage Epoxy Floor?

Are you considering the installation of garage flooring epoxy?

If so, then you must add a topcoat to your floor. If you’ve never applied an epoxy floor coating, then you might be curious as to why you need one, and we are here to tell you that it is not optional. By itself, an epoxy floor can withstand small impacts, it is scratch resistant, slip resistant, and it is even able to resist chemical spills that would tear any other garage floor to pieces! Once you have installed your epoxy flooring however, a topcoat can add that little something that you just can’t get otherwise. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of a topcoat and why you should most definitely consider covering up.

Shinier and More Attractive

ArmorGarageThe garage floor epoxy cost will only raise marginally with the addition of a topcoat, and one cannot argue with the fresh, clean shine that a topcoat awards to the already formidable epoxy coating. Once you add a topcoat, the flooring will become very reflective, which will help to make the room you’re in a bit brighter, even if the floor is of a darker color. The topcoat is a much harder coating than the epoxy and is there to protect the epoxy for wear and tear. Our military topcoats are designed to last up to 20 years. If and when you ever do wear one out you can simply roll on another topcoat and bring the floor back to new. The epoxy stays protected indefinitely.

Easier to Clean

The epoxy flooring was going to be pretty easy to clean in the first place, but now, with a topcoat, it will become even simpler. All you need is a garden hose and some dish detergent for stubborn spots. Your topcoat acts like a Teflon coating so that nothing likes to stick to it.

Cover the Armor Chips

Some people broadcast multi color chips when into the epoxy and of course others do not. We don’t’ know for sure which of these camps you’re going to fall into, but there are definitely benefits to using armor chips. For example, they will draw attention away from imperfections that existed on the garage floor prior to epoxy. In addition to that, they can add a splash of color to pick up or accent other colors in the room. Chips will add a little texture to the floor but are mainly there for aesthetic purposes.

Make your Floor Last Longer

Garage Epoxy FloorEveryone knows that epoxy flooring wears out eventually, even if you were to opt for a professional installation. The general lifespan of the best garage floor epoxy is somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen-twenty years,  a good topcoat can help to ensure a long life for your epoxy coating. First of all, a topcoat is going to make the floor more wear resistant, and secondly, it will ensure that all damage done to the floor is done only to the topcoat , which can be touched up or replaced as needed. An epoxy cannot and should not be used as a topcoat. Even though some of our competitors sell a clear version of their epoxy as a topcoat. This is a complete waste of your time and money. One of our competitors says that they add in UV additives to the clear epoxy, that still does not make it a topcoat and is still a complete waste of time and money. Don’t be lured into an inferior product by saving a few dollars.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to use a true topcoat in your garage. There are many who might consider the topcoat to be unnecessary or ‘overkill’ when you are simply equipping a residential garage, but let’s be honest, you need an extra layer of protection. From chemical spills, to car tire abrasion, to potential scratches, all of that falls under the umbrella of protection that your topcoat offers. Don’t leave your epoxy uncovered!

 


Four Chemical Spills a Garage Epoxy Floor can Repel

Epoxy floor benefits

garage epoxy flooringThere are a number of great reasons to invest in garage floor epoxy for your workshop, garage, or even inside your home, and you’ve probably heard that there are some amazing benefits. We aren’t going to argue, but before we go any further, let’s talk briefly about what epoxy is and how it can benefit you. First of all, epoxy is, without a doubt, one of the most crucial upgrades that you can make to a garage floor. Many tend to mistake it for paint, but it is most definitely not standard paint.

If you prepare your floor properly before application then you will find that it is able to withstand small impacts, scratches, and a plethora of other potential issues. The bottom line, is that garage epoxy saves you money, even if it costs a bit to get it properly applied. These points we mentioned should be enough to make anyone consider applying it to their floor, but what if we were to tell you that there is more to it? That’s right we’re talking about chemical spills.

Hazards of Garage Life

When you’re in the garage anything can happen, and chemical spills are right at the top of the list. The question you need to ask yourself, is how do you compensate for those spills? Concrete floors are porous, and as such they will absorb virtually anything that is spilled on them. Have you ever spilled water on a concrete garage floor? Did the water remain standing, or did it eventually disappear? Many mistake this for a different process known as evaporation, but the water is actually being absorbed into the concrete. That isn’t necessarily good for your floor, but it is tame compared to the other substances that can be spilled. Corrosives, for example, could find their way into your concrete floor and cause serious damage. Let’s talk about a few chemicals you will need to watch out for, and that a good garage epoxy flooring can compensate for.

Battery AcidIf you store cars in your garage or if you park golf carts or other small engine items this is bound to happen. Maybe you’re not a mechanic, and maybe you aren’t one to constantly go under the hood, but at some point you may need to change the battery, or you may need to have someone else do it for you. Batteries leak, and the substance within them is most definitely a corrosive – something that you will want to think about when you’re doing any sort of automotive work. Have no fear battery acid has no effect on our garage epoxy coatings!

Fuel/OilJust as with battery acid, this is the one that happens quite often, and it is actually far more likely your vehicle will drip some oil on the floor. Leaks are inevitable, and there is a good chance you’ve seen at least one garage floor covered in oil stains – you don’t want your garage floor to be like that, not by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, you must make sure to protect your floor from these leaks – at least if you want it to last for the foreseeable future. Nothing looks nastier than an dirty oil stained concrete floor. Keep your floor from becoming that ugly stained floor with our easy to apply garage epoxy kits.

Paint ­– It’s harder to clean paint off of your garage floor than you might think. The problem, as we mentioned before, is the porous nature of concrete. It will absorb the paint, and it will be very difficult to remove it completely. With an ArmorGarage epoxy coating with a topcoat you never have to worry about paint spills. Paint will wipe off like water runs off a duck’s back!

BeveragesYou might not think of an ice cold glass of Coca-Cola as a chemical but let’s face it, if you can dissolve a nail in the substance in under a week, it’s not something you want to spill on your garage floor. Your ArmorGarage floor can even withstand the dreaded Coca-Cola spill!

The Epoxy Difference

ArmorGarageWith the right garage floor epoxy coating you will have a floor that can not only reject those spills, but also one that is very easy to clean. You won’t need to spend all day scrubbing; the chemical resistant floor will be able to reject the spills, and with its non-porous nature, you won’t have to worry about anything being absorbed, making cleaning a breeze.

Now would be a great time to start looking into the different types of epoxy flooring we offer, whether you find yourself interested in a standard garage coating, or if you want to the commercial or industrial system for even more protection. We have an epoxy system for any floor and any level of protection needed from any type of chemical spill that could occur within your garage.

 


How Commercial Floor Epoxy Creates a Brighter Cleaner Work Space

Brighter and Cleaner work space with Commercial Floor Epoxy

In any industry there are certain demands that need to be met, many of which can be knocked out by using the right commercial epoxy floor paint. In your commercial work space you’re going to need to make sure you meet the following standards:

  • Cleanliness
  • Safety
  • Aesthetics

These three standards are easily met with good commercial epoxy floor coating for a few reasons. Let’s take a look at the benefits a good epoxy coating can provide and how it will help your productivity in both the long term and the short.

What is Epoxy Flooring?

To put it in layman’s terms epoxy flooring is a coat of paint. To expand on it a little further, it is usually multi layers of two part coatings designed for your commercial floor, capable of not only withstanding impacts, but also preserving the integrity of the surface for the foreseeable future. Epoxy coatings are many grades superior to conventional paints.

Cleanliness – This is a huge factor in commercial epoxy paint as your floor will be able to withstand chemical spills in addition to making for an easy cleanup. If you want to clean your epoxy floor, all you need is a mop and a bucket of soapy water. In contrast, with a typical concrete floor, you’d probably find yourself breaking out the industrial cleaners and making a complete mess. With epoxy coatings on your floor that doesn’t have to be the case!

SafetyIn any industry there are going to be safety issues, whether they come from the machines you operate, the products you handle, or the environment itself. With so many potential problems, one that you don’t want to deal with, is your floor. Epoxy not only looks good, it is anti-slip, providing a high friction surface for the most demanding of industrial applications. As you traverse the factory floor, carrying heavy equipment or simply going about your everyday routine, you want to make sure you aren’t falling, or even causing others to fall. This comes right back to the cleanliness factor; your ability to keep the floor clean with little to no effort will contribute greatly to the safety of the work environment.

AestheticsWhen it comes to commercial epoxy paint we really cannot say enough about the aesthetics. First of all, you’re going to find that the majority of commercial organizations, (aircraft hangars especially) tend to use bright white epoxy. Why exactly? Because the white flooring actually amplifies the light that is cast upon it. With a bank of high end fluorescent lights hanging overhead, your floor will be extremely reflective and it will once again be safer. With the provided reflection it will be easier to work underneath vehicles and other pieces of equipment, giving you a clear line of sight and the ability to be much more productive. Not to mention it is just simply gorgeous!

Armor GarageOf course, the aesthetic benefits don’t have to end here. One of the most common applications for epoxy flooring as of late has been to color code the floors. While it would always be beneficial to paint the entire floor white, you can still get the same brightness properties from different colored floors such as light gray or off white. That being said, a very popular technique is to paint different sections of your establishment using different colors to designate various areas by painting the floor one color, and stripping it, or by using a different color topcoat over the basecoat. This is a great way to promote a better flow of work in your commercial establishment, and a great way to keep organized and highlight safety or hazardous areas.

Overall, commercial epoxy floor coating is an outstanding method of keeping your floors protected, and it is also great for making sure that your establishment remains free of contaminants and other problems that could potentially damage the product or even make your employees ill. Concrete is always the preferred surface in any commercial situation, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help, and that’s where a little bit of epoxy can go a long way.

 


To Full Broadcast An Epoxy Floor Coating Or Not

Full Broadcast An Epoxy Floor Coating

When doing an epoxy flooring job with color flakes you have the choice of how many pounds to broadcast into the epoxy. Some epoxy kits come with a ridiculously small amount of chips that makes your floor look like it got the measles. We offer two kits Armor Chip & Armor Granite. Armor Chip has 8lbs of color chips for a medium chip coverage, about 75% and Armor Granite has 20lbs of chips for a heavy chip coverage about 90%.

How much you do is up to your personal taste. We give plenty of chips so you can toss them into the epoxy until your eye tells you to stop cause you like the way it looks without worrying about running out of chips at the end. If you start out with insufficient amount of chips you will be forced to stretch them at the end and your floor will have a very obvious uneven chip pattern.

What we want to point out to you in this article is that although a full broadcast system looks great it is much more difficult to do. If you’ve never done it before we advise against you doing it. It is very difficult to get the chips to come out looking right, it takes a LOT more chips to do the job right and it take a lot more topcoat to cover the chips because you have to fill in all the nooks and crannies. It takes experience to get a full broadcast floor to look  professional. Plus it adds significant cost in the amount of chips and extra clear topcoat that you will need.  This is the reason why we offer our Armor Granite kit, you get the benefit of that beautiful granite look without the difficulties and cost of a full broadcast floor.

So if you want a full broadcast look, hire a pro to do it for you. If you like the way the floor looks below then you can do it yourself with one of our epoxy kits. We don’t know about you but we think it doesn’t get much better than this floor which happens to be an Armor Granite kit.

CHARCOLE

PS: You can still purchase our epoxy kits and have someone experienced apply it for you if your heart is set on full broadcast. Just call us so we can order the right amount of extra chips and topcoat for your floor size.


Epoxy Coatings & Moisture

Epoxy coating to a floor that gets flooded

We get asked a lot if it’s ok to apply an epoxy coating to a floor that gets flooded every now and then. The answer is yes if the water is coming from above the slab such as through the walls or from under doors. You need to make sure the floor is completely dry and once the epoxy has cured it is completely impervious to water.  So as long as the water is not coming up through the slab it’s ok to epoxy a concrete floor.

If the moisture is coming up through the slab then it’s a matter of how much. If you are getting just some damp spots in the floor then it’s safe to epoxy it with the proper coatings. If you are getting puddles on the floor from water coming up then it’s probably not a good idea that you epoxy your floor. At least not as a DIY project. That type of scenario is better left to a professional that specializes in this type of work.

If your floor is just getting damp spots then you can use a moisture sealing primer to seal out the moisture and then epoxy over that. Problem is most moisture sealers are typical sealers in that they don’t like anything sticking to them. We have a Wet Basement Epoxy Kit that you can apply on any floor that comes with a moisture sealing epoxy primer and our 100% solids two part epoxy. You can add color flakes to this and a clear protective topcoat.

Here’s what happens when you don’t use a moisture primer or you use one that is not compatible with the epoxy you are using.

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