A step that usually gets overlooked during the process of installing garage flooring paint is etching. If you are using an epoxy coating, then etching is an absolute necessity. Some types of paint don’t require etching but it does have many benefits that are worth looking into.
What is Etching?
Etching is basically a way of cutting into something and normally you hear of the term being used outside of the flooring industry. Most people recognize etching in the glass industry. Glass etching is commonly used to give a better grip or decoration to a drinking glass. When it comes to garage flooring, etching is a good way to drastically improve the final look of your floor. Some people may enjoy a smooth garage flooring, but for the people who want a little extra flair, then this is something you want to look into.
Do I Etch When Applying Epoxy?
As stated above, etching is not a requirement but it does have its benefits. One of these benefits is an increase in traction. If you etch your floor then there will be more bumps and groves in your floor which will help you stop slipping. If you have a completely smooth floor, then you will be at more risk of falling and it may even be harder for you do drive your car on. Etching is definitely worth doing if you intend to do a lot of work in your garage because the last thing you want is to slip and fall.
What If The Paint Says Etching Is Not A Requirement?
The short and simple answer to this question is that etching is never required. However, if you purchased a garage flooring paint kid that does say you need to etch the concrete, then you do if you want your floor to last as long as the instructions indicate. One of the biggest problems with epoxy is its inability to bond with concrete, and etching will drastically increase the chance of bonding. If epoxy doesn’t bond correctly then it will start to peel. Even though most kits won’t mention etching or say its not required, it should always be done to maximize the life of your paint.
During What Part Of The Painting Do I Start Etching?
If you purchase a more expensive or high end epoxy garage flooring kit, then it will most likely have a etch and clean chemical inside it. This kit will also have instructions on how to use it and when to apply it. If you are looking for a kit to buy, then make sure that it has etching tools in it because they will give you the best final product. Most often, etching is the first step in the paint job because most etching kits also help you clean your floor. If you notice that it doesn’t also clean your kit, then the cleaning should definitely come after.
In conclusion, etching is not always required but it will always yield better results. If you think that an improved final product is worth the extra work, then go for it. Most people are not aware what etching is but after reading this article, you have a much better idea of how it can improve the final outcome of your garage flooring.