All seasoned epoxy applicators will agree that thorough surface preparation is key for the long term success of a successful flooring project. Improper preparation can result in an epoxy flooring surface to start chipping and breaking just a few weeks or months after completing. Most of the time, poor surface preparation is the culprit.
This is the lightest form of surface prep usually done with a light floor sander. Done with sanding paper (of varying grits) attached to a disc. Such surface prep is only appropriate for re-coat jobs, or if you are just applying a light paint job. Even if you use rough, low grit sandpaper, the surface scratch will be little
Diamond Grinders – one of the most versatile preparation tools in any companies arsenal. Most diamond grinders allow easy switching out of diamonds and other methods such as PCD and Bush hammer tooling. They can therefore handle all types of floors from soft cement to hard concrete. They can strip old paint layers and clean out oily patches of the floor. Diamond grinding leaves a much deeper and harsher scratch profile of the floor (compared to sanding) and this, therefore, enables better bonding of the primer to the floor. we also find if you are dealing with messy and contaminated patches, a bit of persistent diamond grinding is enough to give you a nice clean floor. This is our preferred choice if working with standard floor systems up to 2-3mm.
A more aggressive method of surface preparation than grinding. It leaves a nice deep profile that makes the bonding conditions for high build flooring systems (3mm and over) ideal. However shot blasting requires very good high-quality concrete to work properly. If you try shot-blasting a weak substrate you could very well end up damaging the substrate.
Scarifying A Damaged Floor
As a final comment, the thicker the system that you plan to apply the deeper the preparation can be. This holds also vice versa. If you scarify a surface, you need a thick resin system to cover that surface. A thin epoxy coat will not be able to fully cover the heavily scarified profile.
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