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THIS SECTION (intro page) : Floor epoxies and epoxy floor epoxy options (primers, colored chip epoxy floors, colored sand epoxy floors. Penny floors. What can go wrong.....)
There are several kinds of floor epoxies, and multiple methods to apply optional color chips, non-skid options, etc. Are you looking for function or looks? Your floor could be a 1 to 7 coat system. Probably too many decisions to make without first talking to a professional. And lots of bad products out there wanting your attention. Probably best to email us or call (603 435 7199) before starting an epoxy floor project.
High Quality Commercial Grade DIY Floor Project
"I have been looking for a good Commercial grade garage floor Epoxy system with color flakes and had a hard time till I stumble onto your web site. Most of the product that I find out there are the lower grade product that I’m not interested on, by the way this is for my own personal use in my 550 square foot, standard two car garage, that is the reason I want a good system. I understand I can purchase from you such products. I will need some advise on what you’ll recommend based on my needs. I see you carry two types of epoxy at two different prices. Please I would greatly appreciate if someone could get back to me with the type of product and all the necessary material to do an epoxy flake floor system with a clear top coat finish. Thank you."- Franco 1/15
Thank you for the kind email. The simplest system is simply to roll down a coat of epoxy and sprinkle some colored flakes on top of it. You are wise to seek a more commercial/professional system, but still within a DIY budget and skill set.
Here is a suggest system (with a few options included):
1) Surface prep: folks go from simple sweeping to Shot Blasting or Grinding. Each floor is different and some floors are not suitable for coating no matter how you attempt to prepare it. We cannot make official recommendations - it is truly your call, but check out our page on surface prep.
2) Epoxy primer: epoxy floor primers are optional and most floor epoxy manufacturers do not require or sell them. That said, many (not all) experienced epoxy floor contractors recommend or require it. They claim better results, better bond, etc. Consider it extra insurance for a problem free project. You might prime and wait a few weeks before continuing. If bad stuff happens (peeling, lifting, bubbles, etc.) it is only the thin coat of primer involved. Recommended primer ESP 155 1/2 gal unit covers about 150 square feet (not for sale in Southern California). Order 4 units for your 2 car garage.
3) Roll down a coat of solvent free Industrial Floor Epoxy. A 1.5 gal unit will cover just under 200 square feet. Colors are light gray or beige. Order 3 units for your 2 car garage. apply with a short roller. Order 2- 4 rollers. Let the epoxy cure for one or more days.
4) Order colored chips direct from the chip manufacture. You pick color and percent of each color. 100% chip coverage requires 1 pound of chips per 7-10 square feet. That said, most 2 car garages use two or three 10 pound bags of chips. Order chips direct from Chips Unlimited.
5) Next a clear middle coat of epoxy or polyurethane is applied and the chips are sprinkled onto the wet coating and then application roller is rolled over the chips and coating (called back rolling). The roller picks up the chips and re-deposits them. Add more chips as needed, fix mistakes with a paper towel wipe-up. Epoxy middle coat: thicker, no odor, but all epoxies yellow without special top coating. Two part poly middle coat: thin to start with, but also roll on thin not thick, smelly, leaves some texture from the chips, not for sale in California, doesn't yellow. If using epoxy - Order 4 units of Low V Floor. If using 2 part poly - Order 2 - 3 units of Acrylic Poly UV Plus 2 part poly.
Note that the added materials for the epoxy middle chip coat add about $400 to the total cost compared to the Acrylic Poly Plus middle coat.
6) The clear topcoat over the chips in step 5 is the same Acrylic Poly UV plus. Two coats rolled on thin if going over an epoxy/chip, middle coat. Order 4 units of Acrylic Poly Plus (2 coats). One or two coats if going over the same Acrylic Poly UV plus used with the chips in the middle poly/chip layer.
LOTS OF ADDITIONAL EPOXY FLOOR INFO - ARTICLES - WEB SITES - AT THE EPOXY FLOOR LINKS PAGE
PRODUCT SUMMARY - 2 part poly middle coat with chips: 4 units ESP 155 primer; 3 units Industrial Floor Epoxy; 4 units Acrylic Poly UV Plus; optional short nap rollers (2-4) for the Industrial Floor Epoxy layer.
PRODUCT SUMMARY - Low V Floor clear epoxy middle coat with chips: 4 units of ESP 155 primer; 3 units of Industrial Floor Epoxy; 3 units of Low V Floor Epoxy; 4 units of Acrylic Poly UV Plus; optional short nap rollers (2-4)
PRODUCT SUMMARY - 20-30 pounds of chips ordered directly from Chips Unlimited.
COST ESTIMATES - (either system) - about $3 to $4 per square foot plus Chips (chips are under $150)
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Epoxy Floor On Large Garage - primer/base/chips/clear coat
About 1600 sf business floor -
used Esp 155 primer sealer, 15 gallons of Industrial Floor Epoxy
and Acrylic Poly UV Plus two part clear epoxy topcoat. Chips
purchased direct from Chipsunlimited.com
"Good afternoon Paul! My floor is done and it is all over but the smell from the two part polyurethane top coat.
. HA! Cool temps worked in my favor to keep pot-life long but the rainy weather tried to work against me. I ended up tarping over my garage door opening so I could get the area under the seal done without dealing with water on the floor. A cheap rubber squeegee from Harbor Freight was an essential item because it is way too tough to get even distribution of the industrial floor epoxy with just a roller. The squeegee was the same price as a single 24" roller tube anyway and it worked great. I ended up broadcasting chips into the epoxy rather than the clear coat because I wanted a slightly smoother floor. It probably took more chips this way but I think it was a fair trade.
If I had to do it over again I'd seriously consider putting chips into a clear epoxy middle coat because even with two coats of poly my basement floor is a bit rougher than I thought it would be. I ended up putting a third coat of UV Poly on the garage floor and it still seems pretty non-skid but is smooth enough that it will be easier to keep clean.
The coverage estimates were spot on for Floor epoxy and UV Poly top coat. The Primer was another story, my basement floor was pumped concrete and after bead blasting it was like a cement sponge! The poured concrete on my mail level took the primer as expected.
I'm very happy with the results and will be ordering another gallon of UV clear from you when it is time to do the steps and landings.
Thanks again!" Gordon 4/16
FLOOR EPOXY OPTIONS (dozens of foor epoxy web links all across the internet)
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garage coatings --- WE ONLY OFFER COMMERCIAL/CONTRACTOR grade floor epoxies, not the lower quality box store/consumer web site products that have flooded the market over the last few year.
Low V Epoxy (solvent free - odorless)
Shipping Container floor seal/coating
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you can order bulk order our Industrial Floor Epoxy in any gallon amount over 15 gallons packed in five gallon pails (besides our standard 1.5 gal units packed in DIY cans)
Also Available - Epoxy Concrete Primer and Sealer (ESP 155 not for sale in CA) and Internal Concrete Sealer (Bio Vee Seal) leaves nothing on the surface. You might only need the ESP 155 (thus saving $$$). Do you need these under your epoxy floor coating? Call to find out. 603 435 7199