Preparing for a New Concrete Coating

An epoxy concrete coating makes your floors ready for anything. They will be easy to clean, resistant to chemicals, attractive, glossy and durable for years to come. What’s not to love?

Get your floors ready for a long-lasting concrete coating that you can be proud of.

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It Starts with a Good Scrub

It’s important to note that the long-term durability of your new concrete coating is directly affected by how the surface is prepared before application.

The first step in the process is simple: cleaning. Your floors need to be swept or vacuumed thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt and debris. Then use a dishwashing liquid or mild soap and hot water to scrub your floors.

Special Solutions Work to Remove Stains

Even though a thorough cleaning works wonders and removes plenty of grime, some spills and stains can’t be removed without a special type of cleaning solution. For example, oil and grease may seep into the surface and affect the way the concrete coating adheres to the floor.

Here’s how you can tell if a surface needs a more in-depth cleaning approach: Pour some water on the floor, and if it beads up, the concrete isn’t completely clean.

Your concrete coating expert can help you understand whether your concrete needs an acidic or alkaline solution. An acidic cleaner works at removing efflorescence, the metallic powder that coats concrete and won’t wash away. An alkaline solution works at degreasing the surface and removing oil contamination.

Repair Surface Defects

Next it’s time to repair all the unsightly chips and cracks in your concrete. Remove loose, crumbling concrete and fill and repair holes. Make sure all the new material has time to cure before receiving the coating.

Blasting or Grinding Removes Old Coatings

If an aging concrete coating has to be removed first, shot blasting or concrete grinding are two methods that may be used to roughen or smooth the floor as needed. Both methods use high-pressure machines to create a surface that can fully accept the new coating application.

Priming Is Essential

Primer is the final step in the preparation process. Depending on the type of epoxy you’ll be coating the floor with and the setting, your contractor will recommend the right primer for the job.

Ready to Begin?

Are you ready to create the gorgeous concrete floors you’ve been dreaming of? We are too. At Packman’s Coatings, we specialize in high-quality concrete floor finishing work that transforms the dullest of spaces.

Your floors don’t have to be plain. They can be beautiful, and a new epoxy concrete coating can help transform them. Call us today for a free estimate!