Although mixing the epoxy coating kit can be a straight-forward process, rushing this crucial step can result in a finish that fails to properly seal and coat your floors evenly.
A common mistake when applying epoxy coating to your garage floor is underestimating the amount you’ll need. Concrete floors are porous and absorb moisture from the epoxy during the drying process. Depending on the size of your garage floor and the level of seasonal humidity you experience, you’ll need to make sure you have enough epoxy to completely cover the surface with at least 2 – 3 coatings.
Pay attention to the coverage rate listed on the coating the kit before you purchase it to avoid running out. Stretching the epoxy mix to finish the job will only weaken the compound, making it appear distinctly less glossy and different in colour when it dries.
Be sure to mix the appropriate ratios of Part A Resin and Part B Hardener and follow the mixing instructions closely. Avoid mixing them too quickly with the paddler, as this can cause air bubbles once the mix hardens and settles. Instead of creating a vortex or swirling motion, churn the mixture with the paddle closer to the bottom rather than the top for more even results.
Finally, pay attention to the induction time required for the epoxy to settle. Some epoxies require this sitting time for the batch to cure and harden adequately before it can be applied.
Tip: It’s always a good idea to buy more epoxy than you need. In fact, many manufacturers expressly state that you can expect up to a 15% material loss during the coating process.