Proper preparation is the building
block to a strong durable floor
Professional high solid epoxies
are thick and have limited penetration
properties. It is crucial to provide a profile
to your floor in order for your floor to receive
the coating. Proper removal of oil stains and
various debris are completed before the floor
is prepared. Ninety percent of floors that fail
fail due to improper preparation. When a floor
is mechanically prepared vs. chemically prepared,
the failure rate is all but eliminated. We mechanically
prepare all of our floors to ensure the coatings
bond with the concrete is as tight as possible.
A properly prepared floor will leave a profile
of 120-100 grit sand paper.
Shot blasting is a controlled type of sandblast
that uses shot vs. sand, and virtually is dust
free due to the type of recovery systems included
with this type of equipment. Shot blasting is
usually required to remove a prior failed coating
or in cases where there is a presence of a floor
sealer that prohibits chemical preparation. Many
companies avoid this method due to the cost of
these machines. We do not understand how you can
be in the coating business without high quality
blast equipment. In most cases, shot blasting
is our preferred method of our preparation.
We use diamond-grinding
equipment for the perimeter of your garage where
the shot blast equipment will not reach. The technology
uses diamond encrusted wheels with a high amp
grinder to provide the correct profile for your
floor. Most of our grinders have dust free shrouds
that allow us to limit the amount of dust created.
Acid etching is the primary
method of preparation for most residential contractors.
Acid washing is very much a hit and miss (mostly
miss) tactic and is not a method that we use.
All commercial polymer contractors use mechanical
preparation for their projects and we use the
same techniques for our residential applications
to ensure client satisfaction and a quality result.
Acid washing is not environmentally safe, returns
a poor profile and can actually act as a bond
breaker if the acidic residue is not properly
neutralized and rinsed.