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Repairing Cracks and Stains on Epoxy Floors

Repairing epoxy floors that are damaged is not too difficult. You should know on what were the materials used in building your garage floor because some materials may not be compatible with the original materials by not blending or sticking well.

Preparing the floor for repair and using the same type of materials used on the floor is the first step, and if you forget these steps, you may encounter possible problems in the future. Potential issues are having to re-coat the entire floor again or grinding the whole epoxy off the entire garage floor. If one is interested in doing repairs on their garage floor, follow these tips on how to finish a garage floor.

Repairing Your Garage Floor

Before doing repairs on your epoxy floor, contact first the professional installer that did the floor previously to fix the job. They have the tools, compatible materials, and experience to deal with the problem. If the floor damage is minor, chances are, their warranty will probably cover it.

Cleaning

Use a stiff brush with a degreaser or cleaner to scrub the floor thoroughly, then use a garden hose to wash off the dirt thoroughly and ensure to air dry the floor completely. You can use a fan or blower to speed up the drying process.

Fixing Chips, Cracks, Stained and Faded Areas

car garageChips or holes with cracks: Use a 4-inch diameter machine grinder to cut inside the hole or crack about 3/8-inches deep and 1/4-inches wide. The cut sides of the hole should be straight, not slanting towards the surface. Clean the cut hole with a wet sponge and ensure to remove all the water.

Fill the hole with an acrylic cement compound. Smoothen the surface with a disposable putty knife or trowel and use a damp sponge to pat the area smooth. Spray the area down with a little water to get the patch smooth. This will prevent the need to grind the spot smooth after it cures. Let the patch cure based on the time provided by the product manual.

Focusing on Stained or Faded Areas

If your garage floor has been coated by a good-quality UV resistant sealer, you should not have any problems with stains or yellowing on your garage floor. If not, check for areas on your epoxy floor that have stained and faded areas. Start by marking the whole area on the boundary of the floor stains, grind these areas using your machine grinder to remove the stained areas. Clean the grinded areas with a damp sponge and air dry the floor. Lastly, apply a new coat of epoxy on the surface and smoothen the surface and place warning signs and barricades for other family members to see. Make sure to cure the floor before using the floor thoroughly.