How to Apply Epoxy Coating to Your Garage Floor
Once you’ve mixed your epoxy coating, it’s time to apply it to the garage floor. A paintbrush is ideal for this task, but if you don’t have one handy or simply want an easier way of getting an even coat on your garage floor without worrying about drips and splatters, consider using a roller instead (you’ll still need something like a 1/2 inch brush).
Apply an even coat of epoxy coating across the garage floor in two directions: lengthwise and width-wise. This will ensure that no spot on your new coating will be missed when sanding later on. However, if there are any drips or splatters left behind after application. This is likely considering how difficult it can be not to get some extra material on yourself while working with epoxy.
Don’t worry about them just yet. They’ll come off during sanding anyway so don’t fret over perfection here, just keep applying until all surfaces are covered evenly with no bare spots or uneven coverage remaining anywhere else except perhaps near edges where excess material tends not to stay put anyway due to its own weight causing gravity’s pull downwards towards the earth.
Allow this application to dry thoroughly and repeat for a second coat.
Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat of epoxy garage coating. Allow this application to dry thoroughly (approximately 2 hours), then repeat for a second coat.
Epoxy Coating will take 24 hours to cure and can be driven on after that time period; however, if you do not allow for adequate drying time between coats, your garage floor may not be able to withstand the weight of a car when you drive it in or out of your garage for an extended period of time.
Cure the second coat for 24 hours before driving on it again.
After you’ve applied the second coat of epoxy and allowed it to cure for 24 hours, you can drive on your garage floor again. However, keep in mind that the curing process will take longer if you’re working in a colder climate or if there is less humidity in your area. In warmer weather, the epoxy coating will cure faster because it absorbs more heat from sunlight; this also helps prevent cracking or other damage caused by freezing temperatures.
If possible, avoid applying an additional coat of epoxy until at least 48 hours after your first application. By doing so, you could result in bubbles forming between layers of material which may cause peeling later on down the road. If you really need another layer right away, make sure both coats are dry before proceeding with another application. Otherwise, there might not be enough adhesion between them for proper bonding later on down the line when everything dries completely.
Now that your floor is ready for use again, you can start enjoying it! Drive slowly at first and give the epoxy coating time to cure before driving on it. You should also consider applying a tire sealant or wax that will help keep your garage floor protected from oil stains and other dirt buildups over time.