Limiting Peeling Risks on Epoxy Floor Coatings
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
At Summit Coatings, one of our specialties is epoxy floor coating for your garage floor and several other potential areas of your space. There are numerous benefits to these coatings, from appearance to durability and resistance to numerous contaminants.
Epoxy is not impenetrable, however, and after years of wear-and-tear they may risk peeling if they’re not properly cared for. Luckily, this is another area where our epoxy floor coating contractors are here to offer their expertise: In many cases, applying some approved paint to the epoxy surface will do a great job limiting the risk of the floor peeling. With this in mind, let’s go over several important areas and steps to keep in mind if you’re considering painting your epoxy floor.
General Themes Ahead of Painting
Before any painting or work is done, inspect the entire floor surface and consider several general themes:
Is the floor level?
Are there any cracks or previous coating materials that require removal?
Is there water present anywhere, particularly under the substrate?
What kind of conditions will the floor be exposed to, and will it receive regular maintenance?
Which kinds of objects will be moved onto the floor after it’s painted?
You should also spend some time seriously considering which paint material to use. You don’t always have to use the most expensive option, of course, but there are several different paint types out there with varying qualities and benefits depending on your needs. Our contractors are happy to help you find the right choice here.
If you’ve decided to move forward with painting and have chosen the proper paint material, it’s time to prepare the space in advance. The entire floor must be completely spotless, as well as dry and without any kind of contamination anywhere on it.
From here, determine whether the floor and paint material in question require an epoxy primer before painting. Some materials do require this for a stronger bond with the epoxy, while others will not.
Painting and Post-Care
Finally, it’s time to get started with the actual paint job. You should read any applicable directions through thoroughly before beginning, and take your time if you’ve never done this kind of job before.
Once finished painting, aftercare is relatively simple. Clean up any spillages right away, particularly spills with oil present – these can damage floors after only 20 minutes of sitting idly on them. If possible, avoid brutal synthetics or highly acidic chemical cleaners, which also may damage or erode top layers of the epoxy coating.
For more on how to help your epoxy floor avoid peeling concerns, or to learn about any of our garage or basement floor coating services, speak to the staff at Summit Coatings today.