Should I Paint Or Stain Concrete Floors?

Epoxy flooring is a perfect solution for those who are looking for a floor that is not only durable, but also good looking and easy in maintenance. Let us take a closer look at it and understand more about its benefits and maintenance.

Boat building is one of those quite intimidating and seemingly daunting task which you can undertake. However, with thorough preparation and the right set of plans, this is one job you can successfully finish in no time at all.

Stand back frequently and position yourself to see light reflections across the floor while applying the clear coat. Where you see a dull spot, that is a spot that you missed covering with the clear coat. If that spot isn’t covered it will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb later.

Before applying the Resin Epoxy concrete floor coating a second stripper is applied to help remove contaminants and to give the concrete a sandpaper like texture. A rotary scrubber is used to help remove any mineral stains still on the cement. As in the previous step, the mixture is then vacuumed up completely, making sure that everything is removed the cracks of the floor.

Frame is the backbone of the wooden boat. Hence, any damages or problems in the frame should be fixed as soon as possible. Hard spots or bulges in the planking, sagging sign and open seams around the turn of the bilges are some of the major signs of damages. These signs appear on the outside of the hull. Sometimes, the damages may not be obvious, so it is important to check the inside of the hull for any hard spots. If you have repaired in any areas, you need to inspect them more carefully. Cracks and small holes are hard to see in poor lighting, so it is essential to make sure before inspecting whether sufficient lighting is there.

Therefore my advice here is pick a good quality, well known brand of ‘marine’ wood epoxy. It may be more expensive in the short term, but will work out better in the long run.

First, all existing dirt and debris must be removed from the floor. Then the floor can be washed and allowed to dry. Repeat this process until you are sure everything has been removed. If the floor has been previously sealed, the old sealer will have to be removed first. Most professionals will use a floor grinder to thoroughly remove layers of paint or sealer. Once the floor is completely clean, any cracks or chips are sealed or filled in. At this point, a chemical “etcher” is applied to open the pores of the concrete. Then finally, the floor is given another wash and allowed to dry.

A couple of things to remember are that you will not be able to drive on the freshly painted surface for a couple of days. Also, try to avoid scraping your snow blower and other power tools on the epoxy coating as much as possible.

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