How to Apply Epoxy Floor Coating Over a Previous Layer

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

Epoxy floor coating gives a very unique and beautiful look to any room, whether it's 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 - Measure the Floor

To make sure you 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. There are a number of varieties of epoxy paint. 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 will be dealing with chemicals that may harm your eyes or skin and lead to dryness and itching.

Step 3 - Prepare the Floor

Use a 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 sandpaper to smoothen the floor. The previous coat of epoxy paint might have chipped away from some areas so rubbing sandpaper 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 - Apply Epoxy Floor Paint

Keep the temperature of the area where the paint is to be mixed between 30 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 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 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 while the paint dries.