SURFACE CONDITION
For best project results, the concrete should be in sound physical condition, free of extensive cracking, pitting and spalling. The surface must also be dry and clean and free of dust, dirt, efflorescence, oil, chemicals, pevious flaking coatings and other contaminants which may block effective long-term adhesion.

REPAIRS
For best visual results and long-term performance, cracks, holes and significant surface pitting should be filled with a cement patch material and allowed to cure as directed before proceeding.

EXPANSION JOINTS
Expansion joints in the concrete slab serve an important purpose, guarding against cracking in the slab due to movement — and should NOT be filled. If covering the expansion joints is still preferred, joints should first be treated with Weather Shield Flex Rubber Membrane and Flex seam mesh to minimize the chance of any cracking in the finish later due to slab movement.

SMOOTH SURFACES
Very smooth or "power troweled concrete" lacks optimal surface profile for most effective bond. In such cases, etching the concrete will add light bonding texture to the concrete and help ensure good "grab" of the coating. If etching is desired for an interior floor, use Natura Safe Etch as a safe alternative to muriatic acid. It will effectively clean the floor and add light bonding profile. See the surface preparation section for instructions on etching. Lightly rinse away etching / cleaning residue with water if there is adequate drainage. If there is no drainage, light rinsing followed by a wet vac will pull etching residues and dirt up off the floor.

***An alternative for ensuring good adhesion to smooth floors is to roll a coat of Weather Shield Flex Rubber Membrane (onto the washed and thoroughly dry floor). Flex will grip effectively to the smooth concrete and act as an effective bond enhancer for any Beauti-Tone decorative stone coating applied over top.

WASHING THE SURFACE
Removing all dirt, debris, etching residue and other contaminants is important for lasting performance. If the floor area is spacious and there is adequate drainage, an electric pressure washer can be used. Otherwise, mop the floor with a strong TSP (trisodium phosphate) solution. Follow by "rinsing" the floor with clean water mopping. Repeat until rinse water is clear. Let the floor dry until the following day before any coatings are applied. If the floor is a basement with limited air flow, circulating air in the room with a fan is a good idea to ensure effective drying.

MASKING / DROP SHEET USE
Protect adjoining walls and other objects prior to starting work.

Good surface preparation is easy if performed with attention to a few key details. For best results, follow written product instructions. For detailed preparation information, a visit to the surface preparation section is also recommended.

PROCEED WITH APPLICATION OF YOUR DESIRED FINISH ONLY WHEN PREPARATION STEPS ABOVE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

Garage Floor Preparation

HardCoat Interior Concrete Application

 

 

The HardCoat Epoxy Garage Floor Kit is great for all kinds of interior concrete floors too. It's a simple and durable application for basement floors, cellar and furnace rooms, cold rooms and workshops. With your garage floor prepared as directed proceed with the following application steps.

STEP ONE: Mix parts "A" and "B" as directed on the product container and allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before application onto your floor. Cut in along edges with a 4" paint brush and then roll on a thin uniform coat of HardCoat® Garage Epoxy in 4 x 4 ft. sections using a 10mm roller. If the concrete is textured or pitted in areas, use a 15mm roller instead to ensure uniform coating of the entire surface.

STEP TWO: As each 4 x 4 ft. area is covered, immediately sprinkle the enclosed decorative colored flakes uniformly onto your wet epoxy floor surface. The flakes will bond permanently into the epoxy and also add some slip resistance to the final finish. Immediately continue application of epoxy to the remainder of the floor in this manner until complete. For a detailed instruction video showing the full process see the HardCoat Garage Epoxy page. (NOTE: use of coloured flakes is optional. The floor can be left as a solid colour, without colored flakes, if desired.)

HardCoat Garage Epoxy and Beauti-Tone Epoxy Clear Coat can also be rolled up adjoining walls if continuation of the durable epoxy coating is desired.

To achieve a garage floor surface with ultimate durability, protection and great looks, apply a top coat of Beauti-Tone Epoxy Clear Coat the following day, about 16 hours after the garage epoxy application.

Visit the
HardCoat Garage Epoxy® product page for additional details. To learn more about the benefits of the applying a clear epoxy top coat, Beauti-Tone® Epoxy Clear Coat page.

READ AND FOLLOW ALL ENCLOSED DIRECTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS THAT COME WITH THE PRODUCT PRIOR TO BEGINING YOUR PROJECT.

If you have any questions — before or during your project — be sure to contact us at info@techstone.ca or call 1-877-279-0694. We are here to help you achieve great results!