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How to Seal an Epoxy Floor

To avoid the peeling of your new epoxy floor, it is crucial to seal it. Sealing also helps prevent color fading and reduces the risk of slipping. Use the following tips to effectively seal your epoxy floor, enhancing its safety and longevity.

STEP 1 – WAIT 48 HOURS AFTER APPLYING YOUR EPOXY FLOOR

Ensure that your epoxy floor has fully dried and cured before applying a protective topcoat. Allowing a sufficient waiting period is essential as it gives you the opportunity to identify and address any potential issues such as moisture seepage or alkalinity problems.

These issues, if present, must be resolved prior to sealing because once the sealant is applied, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to rectify such underlying problems. This proactive approach helps in ensuring that the sealant adheres properly and extends the lifespan and effectiveness of your epoxy flooring.

STEP 2 – PURCHASE THE BEST SEALANT AND NON-SLIP ADDITIVE

Select a polyurethane sealant that includes UV protection for areas of your floor that will be exposed to sunlight. For garage floors that frequently come into contact with water, oil, transmission fluid, and various lubricants, it is advisable to use a strong non-slip additive with your sealant to enhance safety and durability.

STEP 3 – APPLY THE SEALANT IN THE EVENING

If your epoxy floor was laid during the summer months, plan to apply the protective topcoat in the evening. Cooler evening temperatures and the natural contraction of the concrete at this time help ensure that the sealant is applied evenly and adheres well, providing optimal protection and longevity to your flooring.

STEP 4 – MEASURE AND MIX THE SEALANT AND NON-SLIP ADDITIVE

Carefully measure and combine the sealant with the non-slip additive, following the manufacturer’s precise instructions. This meticulous mixing process is crucial to ensure that the sealant provides maximum sealing effectiveness and enhances the anti-slip features of your epoxy floor.

STEP 5 – APPLY THE PROTECTIVE SEALANT TO THE FLOOR

Start applying the sealant from the corner of the room furthest from the exit. Dispense a 24-inch wide circle of sealant and use a long-handled roller to spread it thinly and uniformly across the floor. Once the first coat has dried, promptly apply a second layer.

It’s important to work swiftly and maintain adequate ventilation due to the strong fumes emitted by solvent-based sealants. Ensure you wear protective eyewear, and if you are indoors, enhance air circulation by using electric fans and wearing a painter’s breathing mask to safeguard against inhaling fumes.

STEP 6 – MAINTAIN THE SEALANT COATING

Once the sealant is dry, swiftly address any spills to preserve the surface’s aesthetics. It is also crucial to maintain the temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) to ensure the sealant remains effective and its protective properties are not compromised.

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