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Garage Floor Painting

Make Your Garage Floor Sparkle With Seal-Krete

 

This is a great place to start.  Right here you’ll find the info and advice you’ll need to have your garage floor sparkling before you know it.

General Information/Surface Preparation

• New concrete must be cured for 30 days.

• Use only when air & surface temperatures are 55 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Surface must be clean, dry, sound and free of dirt, dust oil, wax and grease.

• Oil stains should be removed with an oil stain remover or equivalent degreaser.

Method 1 (Preferred)

• Use Seal-Krete Clean-N-Etch to clean and etch the concrete, then triple rinse. The surface should have the feel of 150 grit sandpaper. When dry, check the surface with a few drops of water. Water should penetrate quickly – if not, re-etch affected area(s). Allow to dry completely before applying Epoxy-Seal.

You can go to the Seal-Krete website for a video.

Method 2 (muratic ACID)

• The surface should be cleaned with a good alkaline cleaner, such as, TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and a thorough rinsing. After etching with muriatic acid, the surface must be neutralized with baking soda and water followed by another thorough rinsing. When dry, check the surface with a few drops of water.  Water should penetrate quickly – if not, re-etch affected area(s). Allow to dry completely before applying Epoxy-Seal. Note: A one pound box of baking soda added to a five gallon pail of water will cover an area of approximately 500 sq. ft. Note if using muriatic acid to etch it must be neutralized with baking soda: Since muratic acid can only etch the surface then tsp should be used to clean the floor after etching procedure is complete

ON BARE CONCRETE:

• Inter-mix all paint.

• Apply one thin coat of Epoxy-Seal with one of the following rollers:

Smooth surfaces (garage floors/basements): 3/16” to ¼” nap roller

Broom finished surfaces: 3/8” nap roller

Rough or textured surfaces: ½” nap roller

• Allow the first coat to dry, 4 -6 hours (this time should be extended for cooler temperatures), prior to applying a second coat in the opposite direction for full hiding.

• Allow the coating to cure as follows before subjecting to foot or vehicular traffic:

 

55 °F               77°F                90°F

Touch: 45 min.           25 min.           10 min.

Recoat: 6 hrs               4 hrs.              2 hrs.

Light foot traffic: 36 hours        24 hours        12 hours

Heavy foot traffic: 5 days           72 hours        36 hours

Vehicular traffic: 10 days          7 days               5 days

• Coverage: 300 – 500 sq. ft. per gallon, depending on porosity (Approximately: 2 -3 gallons: 2 car garage/3 – 4 gallons 3 car garage)

ON PAINTED SURFACES:

• Oil-based paints containing silicone and solvent based sealers or curing agents in addition to, two component epoxy or urethane coatings must be chemically or mechanically removed.

• Latex paints must be sanded, cleaned with an alkaline cleaner (such as, TSP), rinsed and allowed to dry completely.

• Inter-mix all paint.

• One thin coat of Seal-Krete Original Waterproofing Sealer should be used as a bonding primer or, if unavailable, 16-oz of water may be added per gallon for the first coat only (do not mix water with all paint, just the amount you will be using for the first coat alone).

• Apply one coat thin of Epoxy-Seal with one of the following rollers:

Smooth surfaces (garage floors/basements): 3/16” to ¼” nap roller

Broom finished surfaces: 3/8” nap roller

Rough or textured surfaces: ½” nap roller

• Allow the first coat to dry, 4 -6 hours (this time should be extended for cooler temperatures), prior to applying a second coat in the opposite direction for full hiding (wet film thickness for each coat 4 mils )

• Allow the coating to cure as follows before subjecting to foot or vehicular traffic:

 

55 °F               77°F                90°F

Touch: 45 min            25 min.           10 min.

Recoat: 6 hrs               4 hrs.              2 hrs.

Light foot traffic: 36 hours        24 hours        12 hours

Heavy foot traffic: 5 days            72 hours        36 hours

Vehicular traffic: 10 days          7 days            5 days

• Coverage: 300 – 500 sq. ft. per gallon, depending on porosity (Approximately: 2 -3 gallons: 2 car garage/3 – 4 gallons 3 car garage)

MAINTENANCE & LIMITATIONS:

• Do not rinse or clean the surface for at least 30 days after application.

• Tire marking can be removed with a non-abrasive scouring pad and mild detergent (scouring pads used to clean Teflon pans and non-abrasive dishwashing soap is recommended).

• TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) or a good alkaline cleaner can be used to clean the garage floor after the 30 day period. Clean with detergent and shop broom, rinse with a water hose. Using a pressure washer is not recommended as it could damage the coating.

• Do not use caustic cleaners (anything containing abrasive materials or solvents) to clean the Epoxy-Seal.

• Use only when air & surface temperatures are 55 – 90 degrees F.

• Do not apply if rain is forecast 24 hours.

• Do not apply to wood, metal, glazed surfaces or where areas of standing water or hydrostatic pressure are of concern.

• Do not rinse or clean the surface for at least 30 days after application.

• To avoid premature paint failure, do not use abrasive cleaners (such as, orange cleaner, Formula 409, any substance containing solvents) or a pressure washer.

• Heavy foot and vehicular traffic requires touch-up.

• Limit of colorant that can be added to deep base – 8 oz.

• Limit of colorant that can be added to white base – 5 oz.

For more information you can go to the Seal-Krete website at www.seal-krete.com, and/or head to your local Miller Paint Store.

~Melanie Gibbs