If you live in a wet or cold climate then did you know you have potentially catastrophic slip hazard in your garage. If not, you are playing with dynamite because if our car drips water on your concrete floor it can get very slick. And, if you have any oil drips or stains, the potential for an accident goes up many fold.
Ever since a friend of mine slipped in his garage and hit his head I have been telling people about how to make their concrete floors safe from this sort of slip and fall accident. Applying an epoxy garage floor coating could protect you from this kind of an accident.
Here’s the story, one day my friend drove his car into the garage. It was raining hard that day so there was a lot of water dripping off the car and onto the floor. As luck would have it, there was also an oil stain right under the drivers door. When the water dripped on top of the oil stain it became slicker than hot butter on a frying pan. Of course, when Bob stepped onto this mess his foot went out from underneath him and he fell backwards hitting his head on the door jam of the car.
The sudden jolt to his brain caused a bleed and mini stroke. Now he still has problems walking. If you don’t want this to happen to you or any one you love then you should learn about applying an epoxy garage floor coating on the concrete floor.
This project can be done over a weekend. And, when you add the anti-slip material to the top of the epoxy, your floor will no longer be an accident waiting to happen. Instead, you can be comfortable knowing that you will have good footing even if your floor does get wet.
The steps are really quite simple:
- The first thing you need to do is clean the floor with soap and water and then a good quality degreaser. It is important that you get all the oil stains up off the concrete or the epoxy won’t stick and will peel up.
- Follow up your scrubbing with a complete wash down using a pressure washer. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer then you can use a garden hose, just be sure you get all the soap and degreaser rinsed off well.
- The next step is to etch the concrete surface. This is done using a weak Muriatic Acid mixture. Spray a coating of water on the floor and then sprinkle out the powder that comes in the kit. Use a floor broom and spread the mixture around. Be sure to wear eye protection as this is a weak acid you are working with. After letting the etching solution set for the recommended amount of time on the package, rinse the floor again.
- Allow the floor to dry over night. Often times it is a good idea to run a space heater overnight to really dry things out.
- Once the floor is completely dry you can mix up enough of the epoxy resin and hardener to cover about 6 square feet at a time. If you mix up a bigger batch then it may start to cure before you can roll it out. If you want, you can also add coloring to the mixture at this point which adds a nice accent to your garage.
- Use a 1/2″ nap roller and roll the mixture out evenly. Do not over roll. That is, don’t go back and forth too many times because you can cause thin spots. Just roll it enough to get a uniform covering.
- Once the area is covered then spread out the anti slip additive. This needs to be on top of the floor coating so don’t mix it into the epoxy before rolling.
- You should be able to walk on the floor in about 18 hours but keep your car off for at least 3 days. If you live in a hot climate like then you should wait a little longer. Doubling the time frame is not unreasonable if you are doing this project in the hot Summer months.
I hope this article has helped you to see that spending a little bit of time now, on a project that is not really very difficult, could end up saving you or a family member from a life long injury. Next time you are at your home supply store why don’t you pick up an epoxy garage floor coating kit.