Take the winner's flag with a checkerboard garage floor
can take the checkered flag every time when you show off your collector cars on a
checkerboard floor. Now you can get complete quotes with step-by-step
instructions on how to install your custom checkerboard floor. All too
often collectors fail to take full creative advantage of their facilities'
largest single surface, the floor. Epoxy coatings give you not just the ease of
maintenance associated with a dirt- and chemical-resistant floor surface, but
great individualized looks as well.
Your project will start by measuring the floor's length and width. Then decide
on the size and color of the squares that you want. 24" x 24" squares will be
less work than 12" x 12" and will not give that tile look. The color can be
traditional black and white, but if you have a blue car, dark blue might be the
better choice. Of course, if youíre going to do the work to achieve a custom
checkerboard floor, you want it to last. As with that car finish, we all know
that it is preparation, preparation, and preparation that make the difference
between a good job and a great one.
Ever notice how when you walk across concrete in your socks, the socks are all
dusty when you finish? Thatís because concrete continuously deteriorates and
breaks apart leaving the floor dusty like your socks. A few drips of oil on
concrete might be seen years later as the oil soaks into porous concrete. But if
you seal the floor with an epoxy coating that adheres well, you can just wipe
off oil, gas, and dirt with a rag. You can hose out, and squeegee that garage
floor to a clean shiny surface in minutes.
Your prep should include a high alkaline cleaner applied using a rotary scrubber
and a black pad or stiff Nilo grit type concrete brush. Next, you want to apply
a high alkaline degreaser to bring the pH of the floor up to nearly 12, thus
removing the leftover adhesive and contaminants. Then you shock the concrete and
contaminants into letting go by switching to scrubbing with an acidic cleaner
with water softeners, detergents, and rinse agents that jolt the floor with a pH
of 3.5. This jump in pH will force contaminants and vulnerable cement particles
to release from the floor. The acidic cleaner also opens the floor up to allow
the epoxy top coat to create a strong long lasting bond.
Then use scrub rinses to make sure the
chemical reaction has stopped and the floor is ready to start accepting repairs.
You can fill hairline cracks and other minor imperfections with the grout
provided by Durall Industrial Flooring. Mix the grout with water to a peanut
butter consistency and, with a gloved hand, smooth it into cracks and joints to
create a bridge for the epoxy coating. Larger holes can be filled with 100%
solid epoxy and ground smooth with a missionary wheel before the final coat.
The first painting step should be to coat the entire floor with two coats of
your light color. Be sure to wait 12 hours between coats. Do some screening
after the first coat to be sure that dirt, bugs, and drips are shaved flat. Next
pull a chalk line diagonally through the widest part of your floor to set your
pattern. The lay down any size template squares side by side in two rows along
the chalk line, and remove every other one. Using blue tape, place paper, cut
one inch smaller than your templates, in the open squares. Tape the paper
masking down with blue tape and move on. Once complete, you just walk on the
paper and use a roller and brush to fill in the open squares. Note that for best
results, brush from the tape towards the center to avoid getting epoxy leaking
under your tape. One coat of your dark color should be sufficient. After you
have filled in all the open squares with your dark color, be sure to remove the
tape and masking paper. You donít want to glue the tape to the floor.
Durall Industrial Flooring supplies kits of materials including checkerboard
templates in 24" x 24" that are customized to owner specifications and
delivered directly to the job site. Kits include full directions and 24/7 help
lines are staffed by seasoned flooring experts, so professionals and amateurs alike
can successfully install a quality floor.
For more information, contact Chris Biesanz at
email@example.com or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488
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