5 Factors That Can Impact the Outcome of an Epoxy Application

  Floorguard Admin
  October 3, 2018

When researching the facts about resurfacing a garage floor on your own with epoxy, be aware of these pivotal factors and their potential effects.

1. SURFACE PREP – Make sure you start with a clean, dry, and dust-free space. A professional will always grind or shot blast the floor. All oils, grease, debris, and residue should be completely removed from the floors or substrate.

2. HUMIDITY – If the epoxy product is a solvent based epoxy, it will not be able to bind well in the presence of high humidity. The main source of humidity would be the air. Less obvious sources can include dripping pipes and rising humidity from beneath the ground.

3. INFERIOR OR WEAK SUBSTRATE – This can occur when the epoxy product is stronger than the substrate that it is applied to. An example of this would be weak or low-quality cement foundation. In this case, the cement would detach itself from the epoxy. You must make sure that the epoxy is compatible with the substrate in terms adhesion and tensile strength.

4. PRIMER – When no primer is used, it can cause an epoxy application to fail. This can also happen if an inadequate or bad primer is used.

5. IMPROPER RESIN/HARDENER MIXTURE- This occurs when it has been mixed with incorrect proportions or not mixed for a long enough period of time. The result would be a floor that remains sticky beyond a reasonable amount of drying time.

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