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How To Repair and Touch Up Your Garage Coating

Does your epoxy garage floor look a little worse for wear? Would you like to restore the smooth surface and prolong the coating’s protection of your concrete floor? If so, read on as the Epoxy Foxy Floor Coatings team advises you on quick repairs for your epoxy floors in San Jose, CA.

Can You Fix Your Epoxy Garage Floor in San Jose?

Before you buy any supplies, you should evaluate the condition of the floor. Are you dealing with minor imperfections or cracks across much of the concrete surface? If the latter, you might need to reconsider your flooring options from scratch.

However, you can fairly easily repair a light scratch or chip in an epoxy garage floor in San Jose, CA.

Repairing Bubbles

First, you need to sand away bubbles on the surface. You can do so using a:

  • Palm sander with 60-grit sandpaper for small spaced-out bubbles.
  • Rotary scrubber and medium-grit sandpaper for larger groups of bubbles.
  • Sandblaster if the bubbles cover much of the surface area of your epoxy garage floor.

Start by removing the bubbles and then vacuuming the dust. Next, use a solvent made for the epoxy to wipe away any residue. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly before applying your new epoxy floor coatings.

You may either spot-treat small areas or recoat the entire surface. The latter gives a cleaner result but isn’t always practical. Wait 24 hours and check the results. If necessary, apply a second coat.

Repairing Peeling

Peeling usually signifies a moisture issue or installation error. Therefore, you need to consider this as a “begin again” problem. For this arduous task, we recommend hiring a professional. However, if you would rather tackle it yourself, you need to remove the epoxy and sand the concrete surface well.

We use industrial diamond grinders so that this task goes smoothly. You can achieve similar results at home, but it will be difficult work. However, continue to persevere because proper preparation is the only way to ensure good adhesion.

Once you complete the preparation, clean up the dust, wipe the surface with a solvent, and apply the epoxy. Again, allow it to dry for 24 hours before laying the next coat. You may pour on a topcoat about four to ten hours after this step for additional strength.

Repairing Lifting in Small Areas

In some instances, you may notice what looks like discoloration or bubbles next to the concrete. In this case, the coating is lifting. If you only see it in one or two spots, you can sand away the epoxy in that area, clean it thoroughly, and perform a spot repair.

If it occurs in several places, it means that the installation was unsuccessful, and you likely need to start again.

Fixing Discoloration

If a section of your epoxy garage floor receives direct sunlight, it might discolor. It may also do this due to chemical spills. Whatever the reason, it’s fairly easy to fix with a surface in good condition.

The most complex part of this fix stems from choosing the right color product. Selecting something as close to the original epoxy garage floor as possible works best. If you can match it exactly, you can touch up minor blemishes.

You can opt for a sealant in a darker shade than the original to hide large blotches. For this to be successful, you will need to cover the entire surface.

Either way, match the sealant type to the original epoxy. In other words, choose solvent-based or water-based according to what the base layer was.

Then simply clean the surface well by vacuuming it and then wiping it down with a solvent. Be sure to remove any trace of dirt or grease, as these will prevent proper adhesion.

Apply the tinted epoxy carefully, covering the surface layer, and allow it to sit for 24 hours. Apply the second coat to achieve a more even finish, wait 24 hours and check the outcome. If you can still see the blemishes, apply a third coat. If not, lay the topcoat if you plan to use one.

When To Call the Professionals

We recommend calling us from the start. However, we understand that some people like to take on these DIY projects. If you notice minor blemishes, you should be able to gloss over them fairly easily.

We do recommend giving us a call if the:

  • Scratches are more like gouges, or they extend to the concrete. This may indicate an underlying issue you are unaware of, and we can detect this with our specialist equipment.
  • Bubbles cover the entire surface area. Again this points to a significant issue during installation and may mean the floor will lift before it should.
  • Floor lifts or peels in several places. Nine times out of ten, this means an issue with adhesion. This might be due to moisture in the cement or poor preparation. Either way, you need expert advice.
  • Extent of the work is daunting. We don’t blame you, as these projects seem a lot easier than they are in practice. Getting the results you desire can become challenging without the proper expertise.

Call Today for Your Free Estimate!

Call Epoxy Foxy Floor Coatings at (408) 641-5181 to schedule service in San Jose, CA, or the surrounding area. Alternatively, reach out through our website, and we’ll contact you. We’ll smooth out any marks or stains in your epoxy garage floor, making it look new again.