How to use Two Part Epoxy Garage Floor Paint
Garage Floor Paint is ideal for use when you need to keep a concrete floor looking good and staying clean. It is a tough, two pack, water based epoxy resin which offers excellent resistance to wear and tear and to spillages of oil and other common chemicals. Garage Floor Paint dries to a mid gloss finish.
Garages, cellars, basements – anywhere there is a concrete floor that needs brightening up.
Before painting you will need to ensure the surface to be painted is dry, clean and doesn’t have any loose or flaky parts on it. So that the paint sticks you’ll also need to sand any existing painted surfaces.
If your concrete is new you’ll need to leave it for at least four weeks and then treat the surface with Concrete Etchant to get rid of excess alkalinity.
You should also use this product on bare concrete as it will remove general dirt as well as giving smooth surfaces the essential key they need for the paint to adhere to.
If your surface is oily then Oil & Grease Remover will take care of that. Bare concrete should be sufficiently porous for Garage Floor Paint to penetrate to get a ‘good key’.
The unit consists of two tins, the largest contains curing agent and the smallest contains the resin. Stir the contents of each tin, then mix the resin with the curing agent in the larger tin. Stir again thoroughly, achieving an even colour and consistency.
Use immediately as you only have 1-2 hours to apply it. The paint can be applied with a brush or a roller, working it thoroughly into the surface, but there is no need to put too much on.
The paint should be applied in warm, around 15°C, dry conditions and in well ventilated areas. Low temperatures will greatly increase the drying time. Do not apply when the floor temperature is below 10°C.
Important: Do not part mix. Garage Floor Paint is a two part epoxy resin, and once the two parts (the resin and the curing agent) have been mixed together it needs using all at once, so you can’t use half of it one day, put the lid back on and then use the rest the next day, it will have gone rock hard in the tin.
For an area of 30m2 , 2 x 5 litres would be needed to achieve this. If you are unsure of how many you need just give us a ring and we’ll work it out for you
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Dry It: The first coat should be left for 12-18 hours before applying the second (based on warm drying conditions at around 15°C with good ventilation). If more than 5 days elapse, the first coat should be lightly abraded before the second coat is applied.
Depending on conditions, the area will be ready for foot traffic and car parking somewhere between 16-36 hours.
Coverage: If you are using a roller and applying two coats you can expect coverage of 30m2 per 5 litres or 15m2 per 2.5 litres, per coat, with less for a brush application. Use a brush for the edges.
Do not use: if the intended surface has rising damp
Do not use: if you are unsure of the origin of the existing surface coating,
we recommend you paint a small test area first and let it fully cure. This also applies if the surface has been prone to chemical spills, even if you’ve thoroughly cleaned it
Do not use: If the intended surface is very smooth, such as power floated concrete, without the recommended preparation.
Concrete Etchant: if your concrete is smooth or new (up to 28 days old), where chemical hardeners have been used or where there is laitance (dusty cement particles). Coverage: Approx. 10m2 per 2.5 litres maximum.
Oil & Grease Remover: This is solvent free and virtually odourless and is great at removing grease before painting. Can be used in concentrated form for heavy grease or oil, or you can dilute 50:50 with water to remove lighter deposits or as a general maintenance tool.
Store at temperatures above 10°C. The shelf life of Garage Floor Paint, if unopened, is one year. Do not allow to freeze.
DISPOSAL & SAFETY INFORMATION
Under certain conditions the surface can become slippery. Please see the Material Safety Data Sheet for more information.