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A shot blaster is a self-contained portable piece of equipment that shoots metal BBs onto the floor, roughening it and removing about 1/16 inch of concrete. The shot is collected in a rebound chamber and recirculated, while the concrete dust is sucked up by a vacuum connection.
Most garage floors require a full day for prep and patching. The epoxy coating can be applied with brushes or rollers. A durable floor will require at least two coats of epoxy, which must cure overnight between coats. Once the final coat is down, it’s best to wait at least three days before allowing a vehicle into the garage; full curing can take up to two weeks.
A new slab needs to cure for at least 28 days before a coating can be applied. The most important step in a successful epoxy job is slab preparation, which takes much longer than coating application. The adhesion won’t be there, and you can get delamination without correct prep. But, if the floor has been prepped right, the concrete will fail before the bond. If the floor ever chips, the coating will pull up a piece of the concrete with it.
Prep your cement slab right A smoothly troweled concrete slab needs to be roughed up by either acid washing or shot blasting. Acid washing (or etching) involves mopping a dilute solution of muriatic acid over the floor, then rinsing thoroughly. Because the procedure is fairly simple, it’s popular with many contractors. But most coatings specialists advise that abrasion with a shot blaster prepares a slab more thoroughly than acid washing.
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Coating contractors know that the main reason for the growing popularity of epoxy flooring is the look. Epoxy contractors offer a wide palette of colors, as well as decorative patterns created by adding contrasting vinyl chips or colored quartz aggregate to the top epoxy layer.
Coating companies describe these options as speckled, terrazzo, marble-like, or granite-like expoxy. Some types of color chips do double duty by providing an anti-skid texture to the floor.
After two or three coats of epoxy have been applied, some contractors recommend a polyurethane top coat. A transparent urethane top coat is good for abrasion resistance. Urethanes can give a better resistance to solvents.
Many coatings experts say that urethane is unnecessary. Urethane is very good at UV light resistance, but if the coating is used indoors, you really don’t need it.
Polyurethanes are much harder than epoxy, and they will keep their gloss much longer. But a urethane top coat makes it hard to recoat with epoxy, because nothing sticks to it. That’s why we recommend just the epoxy. In five years, you can just wash the floor and recoat, and no screen sanding is necessary.