Here Is How to Lay Your Own Durable Epoxy Flooring
But, while you can attempt to perform the application yourself, it is highly recommended you employ the services of professionals. However, the skill and ability of the installer will dictate the quality of the final look -- for obvious reasons.
Like any project of this nature, you'll need some basic materials and tools before you can get stuck in. For this one, you will need to grab yourself the following:
- Floor squeegee
- Paint roller
- Spiked shoes for DIY floor work
- Base coat epoxy
- Metallic epoxy pigments
- Masking tape (if needed)
- Blue duct tape (if needed)
With all the gear you need in hand, it is time to get stuck in. First, put your spiked shoes on for walking around the floor.
These shoes not only reduce the area that your feet impact while covering the floor but also allow you to add some extra texture to all stages of the floor covering project.
The first step is to prepare the floor surface you wish to cover with epoxy. One of the best ways to do this is to use a diamond grinder.
If you don't own one, and why would you? it should be fairly easy to rent one from a local supplier. But, if you can't find one, for whatever reason, you can also use an etching chemical to prepare the surface of the concrete floor.
You can also sand the surface if none of the above options are viable for you. If all else fails, you can use a specialist primer to prepare the floor surface to enable a strong bond for the epoxy later on.
To do this, mix your pre-measured primer and then dip and roll the primer across the surface of the floor. You can also pour directly onto the floor surface and roll, or paint, to provide an even covering of the entire floor surface.
Once complete, wait around 1 hour for the primer to either dry completely or at least become tacky before moving on to the next phase.
With the floor surface prepared and/or primed, the next step is to apply the base coat. This is a relatively simple and easy task and if you can paint a floor your should be more than capable of completing this step fairly easily.
But, before you do that, you may want to tape up the base of walls and neighboring floor surfaces if you don't want any of the base coat to accidentally spill onto these surfaces.
Next up comes the most fun part (honestly). Take your pre-measured base coat, our it out across the floor surface, and begin to spread out the epoxy base coat with a rubber squeegee attempting to get an even coating as best you can.
Focus on the perimeter of the floor (especially near walls) before moving into the center of the floor to provide the best coverage you can. Keep the squeegee moving in a smooth motion leaving enough pressure so that you can move the epoxy across the floor surface while also leaving some of it behind.
Try to keep moving the epoxy around the floor surface and look for thicker parts of the epoxy to spread over thinner areas.
Don't get too hung up on this stage as products like this one are advertised as being self-leveling. That being said, you can give the product a little helping hand.
After spreading as evenly as possible using the squeegee, grab your paint roller. Use the paint roller to focus on the thickest parts of the floor covering, fully saturate the roller, and even out the epoxy even more.
Move from wall to wall, overlapping the rolled parts to create a beautifully level surface. Try to aim for about half the roller's width on every pass for the overlap.
Try not to press down too hard and just let the roller glide over the surface.
When doing this stage, try to ensure that the tone of the floor covering is fairly uniform and roll out any darker parts you find, if any.
You may want to make two passes on the entire floor too. The first left to right, and the second up and back at 90 degrees to the first pass.
Next, take your pre-measured highlight color and apply it to the base color. You can blend them together as you see fit so let your inner artist take control for a moment.
How you do this stage will depend on the effect you want, but in this video, they dropped in various patches across the surface and then swirling the highlights out using your paint roller once again.
Try to be as sporadic as possible. This should produce a mock-marble effect once cured. Watch the video for hints on how to do this if you are struggling.
According to the manufacturer, the self-leveling nature of the product(s) will enable them to blend together too over time. It might look like a complete mess once you've completed this step, but it will look amazing after about 24 hours.
With that stage complete, the next step is to lay down the topcoat. Kits like the one in the video come in two different gloss sheens so choose the one you most like.
For example, you can choose between a high gloss or matte finish. Unlike the basecoat, this layer needs to be rolled out very thinly and also leaves a minor textured finish when dry.
This is intentional and is designed to provide durability for the epoxy floor surface. For best results, according to the manufacturer, you will need to apply it within the first 24 hours of laying the epoxy flooring.
With the top coat applied and allowed to fully cure, your new epoxy floor is complete. Now step back and admire your handy work.
You've deserved it!
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