Epoxy Application Information
Read all instructions carefully before starting the project.
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Use: For use in covered garage area only. It is not intended for use in carports or areas exposed to direct sunlight.
Do not paint if any of these conditions exist.
Sealed concrete - Remove sealer from concrete with a sanding or buffing pad.
Poorly-bonded previous paint - If the floor has been previously painted, remove any loose paint by sanding and scraping. If previous coating is well bonded, scuff sand the surface after cleaning to ensure a tight bond between the two coatings. Rinse thoroughly.
WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.
Moisture in the concrete - Allow entire concrete surface to dry completely before application.
Loose or poorly cured concrete or concrete dust - If the concrete is loose, chipping, or has concrete dust present, remove all loose material and dust. Repair damaged areas with appropriate patching compound.
Allow newly poured concrete to cure a minimum of 28 days prior to coating. Remove any oil or grease spots on your floor with a brush and degreaser. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Repeat as necessary to completely clean.
Mix all concrete etch with 2 gallons of water (do not add concrete etch directly to paint). Mix until dissolved. For best results, use a plastic watering can to evenly distribute solution. If product will be used on a basement floor, do not use etch. Instead, prepare floor with TSP solution or TSP substitute.
Pre-wet the floor using a hose. Remove pooled water with a squeegee or broom to avoid leaving puddles. Spread the etch mixture over a 10' x 10' section of the floor. Scrub vigorously with a stiff bristle brush to loosen dust and dirt. While working, keep the entire section wet until the entire section has been etched and rinsed. Rinse each section thoroughly before starting the next section. For best results, use a foam squeegee to remove the rinse water from the surface and to move dirt and contaminants out of the garage. Repeat twice before continuing to the next section. Once all sections are completed, rinse and squeegee the entire garage floor to remove any etch that has been tracked on previously etched areas. A wet/dry vacuum can also be used to eliminate excess water, dirt and contaminants. Do not leave pooled water on the floor. The etch will not discolor driveways or harm grass or plants if rinsed thoroughly. Wipe your fingers over the clean, dry floor. If you see any dust or powder on your fingers, repeat the rinsing & scrubbing until the floor is clean. If your fingers remain clean, continue to the next step. Allow the floor to dry completely.
Note: If the floor is not thoroughly cleaned and completely rinsed, the coating may not adhere properly to the surface.
Do NOT mix the decorative paint chips with Garage Floor Epoxy. If multiple kits are being used, all Part A’s (base) should be mixed together in one 5 gallon plastic pail to ensure consistency in color. Prior to emptying each can, insert a clean paint stirring stick to determine how much paint is in the can, then mark the paint stirring stick with a pen at the fill level. You will be refilling each gallon can after you mix, so it is very important that you fill each can back up to the original fill level. Pour all Part A’s (base) into a 5 gallon plastic pail and mix until homogeneous in color. Pour mixture back into gallon cans and fill to previous fill level, using the paint stirring stick as a guide. Replace lid until ready to mix with Part B (activator). Do not mix more than one kit at a time. Pour all of Part B into Part A and stir thoroughly for at least 3 minutes.
Note: When concrete is coated, it typically produces a smoother surface than bare concrete and can become slippery when wet. To create a slip resistant surface, add our Anti-Slip Additive (sold separately) to the mixed coating prior to application.
Use a good quality synthetic brush to trim edges. Have 1 person begin trimming edges. Work quickly so as not to impact the time remaining for rolling the surface. Use a 1/2" nap roller cover and 9" roller frame to apply an even coat of Garage Floor Epoxy onto the surface. Maintain a wet edge to prevent lap marks and gloss differences. Toss the decorative paint chips onto the wet film. This step may be skipped if chips are not desired. Immediately continue to coat the next section.
Note: Fresh paint can be applied over the loose chips that lay outside the previously painted area. Only one coat is necessary. This product must be used within the pot life indicated. If product is used beyond the recommended pot life, the coating may appear to have uneven gloss and color.
Do not leave container in direct sunlight.
Do not apply when ambient air temperature and/or surface temperature are below 50°F.
1-2 hours (depending on temperature) to use the mixed epoxy.
Surface should be ready for light foot traffic and/or recoat in 24 hours. Heavy items and normal foot traffic in 36-48 hours. FOR FULL CURE AND VEHICLE TRAFFIC, ALLOW 3 DAYS. Temperature and humidity may affect actual dry time.
Wash all tools and equipment immediately with warm water and mild detergent. Allow any unused product to harden in the container and discard according to local regulations.
Each Garage Floor Epoxy kit contains enough surface treatment to cover approximately 250 square feet of smooth, bare concrete (a normal 1 car concrete garage floor). Very rough or porous concrete may require more material. Expect coverage of 125-200 square feet on those surfaces.
AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN AND EYES. For skin contact, wash affected area with soap and water and rinse well.
FIRST AID: In case of contact with eyes, flush with cold water for 15 minutes. If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Drink 1-2 glasses of water or milk. Contact a physician immediately.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY.
USE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.