How to Paint a Garage Floor Properly

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How simple it is to actually paint a garage floor you might ask, after all, all you've got to do is open the tin and using a roller spread it all over.
Or is it? How many times have we all seen flaking paint on garage floors, what a mess it looks but also what a problem it is to rectify.
We have recently completed a reinstatement of a domestic dwelling due to an insurance claim which was related to an escape the water, whilst at the property the policyholder related the problems he had endured with such a simple task.
Whilst most people would expect painting a garage floor to be a simple task unfortunately I've got to tell you it is exactly the opposite, to achieve adhesion onto a concrete surface is quite a technical issue and paint manufacturers have invested thousands of pounds in research and development.
Bearing in mind that most factories, aircraft hangers, food preparation businesses require their concrete floors sealing with the guarantee that it will not break down, you can appreciate that it's potentially a massive market.
A major requirement for factories where they use forklift trucks is the need for a product that will withstand day-to-day traffic and not break down.
We are fortunate that today's manufacturers have gone to great lengths to produce products that meet this criteria, previously these were solvent-based materials which to be honest where very unpleasant to apply due to the excessive fumes which they created when the chemical reaction was activated.
However manufactures have now moved to more user-friendly products which are water-based epoxy paints which are available to all and are readily available, easy to apply and meet the purpose for which they are intended.
When you are faced with a brand-new concrete slab the first criteria you need to meet is that the slab has fully cured, a good general guide is one month per one inch (25mm) of floor slab.
Another difficulty you may encounter could be the slab has been polished if this is the case you need to acid etch it, this is a relatively simple task but most laypersons would not appreciate the importance of this.
This is a very simple task which basically is you apply a clear liquid (almost like water) onto the slab you leave for a period of time then rinse/flush with clear freshwater, you then need to leave the slab to try out thoroughly.
Once you have completed this you can proceed with the relatively straightforward task of applying the paint.
Again a general mistake people make is to apply the paint straight out of the tin, the assumption being that they wish to achieve good opacity with as few coats as possible.
The most important consideration here is to achieve good adhesion to the concrete slab this is very easy to meet, all you simply have to do is apply whatever solvent to the paint to 'let it' down, the first coat therefore should be applied sparingly into the slab.
This is the most important coat you will apply as all future coats will adhere to this one.
For a good solid finish we would recommend a further two coats straight from the tin applied liberally, again manufacturers will generally give guidance on how much material should be applied over a square metre, this is always a good indication that at the end of the day you will have a product which will work, look good and most importantly of all not break down and flake.
Prior to the completion of the insurance remedial works at the property the client requested that we use our knowledge and expertise in resolving the issue of his garage floor, which of course we were glad to meet his request.
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