How to Apply Epoxy Floor Coating Over a Previous Layer

What You'll Need
Epoxy paint
Measuring tape
Paint roller
Paint roller pan
Cleaning equipment
Soap and water solution
Paint thinner
Drill mixing tool
Pair of rubber gloves
Safety goggles

Epoxy floor coating gives a very unique and beautiful outlook to any room, whether a garage or an exercise area.  Many homeowners apply epoxy floor coatings in their garages to make them more durable and attractive. If the epoxy coat has chipped away from some area or has faded away, it can easily be coated with another layer of epoxy floor coating. Follow the simple and easy steps described below to apply another layer of epoxy floor coating over a previous layer.

Step 1 – Measuring the Floor

To make sure purchase the right amount of epoxy paint, you should measure the area. Take the dimensions to a dealer, and he can help you with the amount selection. For a 24x24-foot floor, you need approximately one gallon of paint.

Once the amount has been dealt with, choose the type of epoxy paint needed for the area. Epoxy paints come in a number of varieties. They may be swimming pool epoxy paints, outdoor epoxy paints or indoor epoxy paints. Once the type is determined and the purchase made, move to the next step.

Step 2 – Take Necessary Precautions

Wear a pair of rubber gloves and safety goggles. This should be done since you would be dealing with chemicals that may harm your eyes or skin and lead to dryness and itching.

Step 3 – Preparing the Floor

Use soap and water solution and mop the floor. Use a degreaser to remove any oil stains that may have stayed after the washing. Wash again and let it dry. Once it has dried, use sand paper to smoothen the floor. The previous coat of epoxy paint might have chipped away from some areas so rubbing sand paper on the floor will give it a smoother appearance and ready the surface for a fresh layer of paint. Once the floor has been given a smooth look, use a soft cloth or brush to rid the surface of debris and old paint particles. Use a wet cloth to remove any debris that might have stayed after brushing. Leave it to dry.

Step 4 – Applying Epoxy Floor Paint

Keep the temperature of the area where the paint is to be mixed between 30 to 80 degrees. The humidity level should be considerably low. Mix epoxy paint with hardener thoroughly for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave it for 30 minutes and use thinner to clean the drill tool used for mixing. Put the paint in the paint roller pan.

Once that is done, use a small paintbrush to paint the corners and edges of the floor so as to get a clean look. Now, dip a paint roller in the paint pan and roll it on the entire floor that is devoid of fresh layer of epoxy paint. Always start from one side of the room and move to the opposite end.

Once that is done, close the area, and inform your family not to enter the space during the next 24 hours needed for the paint to dry.