How To Create The Perfect Floor Finish On Concrete

Posted in Firwood Hints and Tips by Firwood on April 9th 2015

10 Steps To Apply Epoxy Floor Paint To Floor

When painting with epoxy floor paint, it's easy to make a mistake when applying to different surfaces. Here are 10 steps which should be followed when applying epoxy floor paint onto concrete.

  1. Firstly, you don't need to remove sound old paint off the floor beforehand. This makes it far easier when tasking yourself with painting the floor and is much safer than painting bare cement. You merely have to sand the surface rather than etch the surface with acid.
  2. Place a plastic sheet on the floor making sure you tape it down. Also ensure it is completely sealed down so no air can get through any gaps. Leave the sheeting in place for 24 hours. Remove the sheeting and observe as to whether any moisture has been left behind in residue. This is important as dryness indicates that the Epoxy paint will stick to the floor properly. Always ensure a dry surface even before applying water borne paints.
  3. Cover the surrounding surfaces including walls, cabinets and baseboards. Move all obstacles from the room. Cover vents and electrical outlets. Sand the paint down slightly doing just enough to de-gloss it. Use 80-grit sandpaper on a floor sander to complete the job quickly. Wipe over the surface with a tack rag to lift all the dust.
  4. Mop the surface with a stiff bristle broom and an all-purpose cleaner. Scrub lightly over any stained or greasy areas for and optimal finish. Rinse the floor with clear water until no cleaning residue remains. Leave the floor to dry for at least 4 hours.
  5. Make sure the area is fully ventilated and open all the windows and doors. Use a fan if ventilation is limited in areas to get the full benefits and place the settings onto medium. Put on a pair of protective gloves, eyewear and rubber boots. Shut off any gas or electric heating appliances in the room.
  6. Make sure all the ingredients in the epoxy floor paint are mixed properly by stirring well. Pour the smaller can of hardener into the paint, scraping the inside to ensure you get all of it out of the can. Stir the two together until well mixed and then put the lid back on the can. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  7. Fit a liner into a paint tray. Fill the paint tray to the fill line with the epoxy floor paint. Brush the coating around the perimeter of the floor with a 3-inch wide paintbrush. Spread the paint evenly, brushing over any thick patches until the paint is smooth and thinned out. Always use the paint up within the pot life shown on the product technical information sheet. Discard any paint left over in a safe and controlled manner.
  8. Add an extension pole to your floor roller. Roll the paint over the floor in straight lines, starting at the corner of the room farthest from the door. First roll across the room lengthwise, then crosswise, in small sections, working your way toward the door.
  9. Apply a second coat after drying the floor for 24 hours. Blend the topcoat and hardener by stirring thoroughly and then place the lid back on the can and wait 10 minutes for the chemical reaction to take place. Repeat the stirring of the top coat again after removing the lid. Pour into your paint tray, fitted with a new liner.
  10. Apply the top coat using the same painting techniques as you did with the epoxy floor paint. Don't walk on the floor for at least 24 hours. For garages, wait at least 72 hours before parking your car on the newly painted surface.

Firwood – A Leading Supplier Of Paints & Coatings

This is the optimal way in which to create the perfect finish using epoxy floor paint on cement flooring and will leave you a perfect floor that you can be proud of. For more information about any of Firwood's products please get in touch today by calling 01204 525231 or email websales@firwood.co.uk


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