Metallic epoxy flooring is a type of flooring that has an epoxy resin base and metallic flakes in it. Epoxy resin is a hard, clear coating that’s used to protect surfaces and make them more water-resistant. Metallic epoxy floors are popular because they’re durable, easy to clean and come in many different colors and patterns.
However, there are some disadvantages to this type of flooring:
- It can be expensive; it costs about $1-$2 per square foot ($100-$200 per 100 square feet)
- If you have pets or kids who like to swipe food crumbs off their plates onto the floor (guilty!) then you’ll need to sweep up regularly after meals or risk having crumbs stick into your shiny new surface
How do you apply metallic epoxy flooring?
First, apply the base coat epoxy. Allow it to dry for 24 hours. Then, apply the metallic coat. The metallic will stick best to a completely dry base coat so make sure your previous layer has fully cured before moving on—this can take up to 10 days in some conditions, but usually only 3-5 days in normal conditions (cooler temperature and humidity).
Once your metallic epoxy has been applied and dried, use a fine sanding sponge or sander and lightly rub over the top of it (if desired) until smooth. Finally, seal with another layer of clear epoxy varnish that won’t alter color once cured (you may have already sealed with this at an earlier step).
Table of Contents
- How do you apply metallic epoxy flooring?
- How do you prepare concrete for metallic epoxy?
- Can I install epoxy flooring myself?
- How long does metallic epoxy floor last?
- How long does metallic epoxy take to dry?
- How do you make an epoxy floor step by step?
- Do you need to grind new concrete before epoxy?
- Do I need to seal concrete before epoxy?
How do you prepare concrete for metallic epoxy?
Preparing a concrete floor for metallic epoxy is a process. To ensure the best results, you’ll want to take care of some things before applying the epoxy.
First, clean your concrete if it’s dirty or has oil stains or grease stains on it. If there are any cracks in your concrete, repair them by filling them with a suitable product (like Quikrete) that matches the color of your floor.
For example, if you have gray floors and you’re using gray Quikrete filler, don’t leave black streaks on your polished metal surface!
Next comes etching: use a diluted solution of muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) and water at 10% strength to remove loose material that could taint your metallic coatings later on. Use caution when doing this—if you spill the solution on yourself or get some in an eye injury can occur!
Wear goggles and rubber gloves during application of this substance; make sure children stay away from it completely until after washing up thoroughly afterward; keep pets away from work areas where acids may be present as well!
Can I install epoxy flooring myself?
The short answer is yes. Epoxy flooring can be installed by anyone with a little knowledge, some patience, and the right tools. You’ll need to follow the directions closely and take your time, but if you have those two things under control, you should be able to handle this job without too much trouble.
You’ll also need to make sure that you have all of the necessary materials on hand before starting any work; epoxy flooring isn’t something that’s easy or cheap to replace once it’s been laid down.
How long does metallic epoxy floor last?
The average life of a metallic epoxy floor is 5 to 10 years. The material will last longer if you maintain it well, but the most important factor in determining how long your metallic epoxy floor lasts is how often you use it and what kind of traffic passes over it.
If you’re using your new metallic epoxy floor only occasionally and don’t have many people walking on it daily, then expect your floor to last at least 20 years with proper care. However, if you are constantly hosting large events or have lots of people coming through the doors every day for business purposes then you may need to consider re-doing your metallic epoxy after just 5 years because there will be more wear and tear on the surface from traffic flow than had there been less usage.
How long does metallic epoxy take to dry?
The drying time of metallic epoxy depends on the thickness. The thinner the epoxy, the faster it dries. It’s best to wait at least 24 hours before walking on your new flooring once you have applied it.
This is because acrylic coatings can still be tacky even after they are dry and may stick to shoes or other items that touch them.
If you are installing a thicker layer, it may take up to five days for that layer to completely dry before moving forward with another coat.
How do you make an epoxy floor step by step?
- Sand the floor, which will remove any stains and allow for a better bond between your new epoxy coating and your existing surface.
- Clean the floor to ensure there’s no dust or debris before you begin working with an epoxy coating.
- Apply two coats of a base coat (which is often white), allowing each layer to dry completely before applying another coat; this helps prevent bleeding in subsequent steps and helps create a smooth, even finish that enhances color payoff from pigment additives like metallic flakes or mica particles (if they’re used).
- Apply one or more layers of clear topcoat to protect the underlying layers and make them look shiny when viewed straight on (rather than at an angle). This prevents chipping over time due to wear-and-tear caused by foot traffic or other factors such as temperature changes—it also makes cleaning up spills easier too!
Do you need to grind new concrete before epoxy?
When you’re applying epoxy to a new concrete floor, it’s not necessary to grind the area beforehand. Epoxy is able to adhere directly to the surface of a smooth, clean concrete floor and cure with no problem.
However, if you have an older concrete floor that requires some preparation before you apply epoxy or any other type of coating, then grinding could be your best bet for removing whatever is causing imperfection in your original concrete surface—such as stains or old coatings.
Grinding can also help remove any contaminants like rubber tire marks or grit from construction equipment that might otherwise interfere with adhesion.
Do I need to seal concrete before epoxy?
Floor sealers are optional, but they can be used to protect the concrete and/or the epoxy. Concrete is porous and may absorb moisture, which could cause it to weaken and crack.
The best sealer for a floor will depend on the type of concrete you have – click here for more info on different types of concrete. Sealing your floor can help prevent dirt from entering the pores in your concrete, thus preventing any damage or discoloration caused by excessive dirt.
It’s important that you don’t use a sealant just as a bonding agent between the epoxy coating and your uncoated surface (for example wood subfloors). The goal of sealing should always be about protecting your finished surface from wear or stains; not making sure everything sticks together perfectly.
If anything gets into those pores after you’ve sealed them up then that means there’s nothing left to protect against stains because those chemicals have been trapped behind this layer–and all those lovely new colors will start fading away quickly once exposed!
Your metallic epoxy floor is now complete! Congratulations on a job well done. It’s important to remember that this is a 3-day process and each step needs to be given enough time to dry before moving on to the next one.
The total cost of materials used in this project was $100.