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What’s Required for Epoxy Flooring, Floor Preparation

Here are the key steps needed for preparing a floor before installing epoxy flooring to ensure its durability and longevity;

Floor Preparation for a Burleigh Heads food factory
Floor Preparation for a Burleigh Heads food factory

1. Inspection and Evaluation

Examine the Concrete Surface

  • Look for any existing coatings, sealers or paint that may need to be removed.
  • Address any cracks, holes or imperfections.
  • Check the moisture levels in the concrete to prevent adhesion issues with epoxy.

Moisture Testing

Conduct a moisture test to confirm that the concrete is sufficiently dry for applying epoxy. This can be done by using a moisture meter or by placing a plastic sheet on the floor and checking for condensation after 24 hours.

2. Cleaning the Concrete

Debris Removal: Sweep and vacuum to get rid of dust, dirt and debris.

Degreasing: Utilize a degreaser to eliminate any oil, grease or other impurities from the surface. Rinse with water. Allow it to dry completely.

3. Preparing the Concrete Surface

Mechanical Grinding

Employ a diamond grinder. Shot blaster, for abrasion of the surface. This process helps in opening up the pores creating a surface that enhances epoxy adhesion.Prepping the Floor;

If you can’t do grinding try using an etching solution, for a similar outcome. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for application and neutralization.


  • After grinding or etching make sure to vacuum the floor to get rid of all dust and debris.
  • Fixing Imperfections
Floor Preparation for a Burleigh Heads food factory
Floor Preparation for a Burleigh Heads food factory

4.Repairing Cracks and Holes

Patch up any cracks, holes or dents in the concrete with an epoxy based filler. Let it cure completely as per the manufacturers guidelines.

Smoothing Things Out: Sand down the filled areas to make sure they are level with the rest of the floor.

5.Priming for Success

Applying Primer: Put on an epoxy primer on the floor. This will seal it. Create a base, for the epoxy topcoat.

Letting It Set: Allow the primer to cure according to what’s recommended by the manufacturer before applying the epoxy coating.

What Can Go Wrong If Floor Preparation Is Not Done Correctly

Adhesion Problems

If you don’t clean or etch the surface properly the epoxy might not stick well leading to peeling or flaking over time.

Blisters and Bubbles;

Moisture trapped under the epoxy can cause blistering or bubbling affecting both how it looks and its durability.

Ensuring the surface is properly prepped and cracks are repaired is essential to prevent the epoxy coating from cracking or peeling off the concrete. Neglecting to address imperfections, like holes and cracks may result in a surface impacting both the appearance and functionality of the floor. Additionally contaminants such as grease or oil can disrupt the bonding process of the epoxy causing flaws in the coating.

In conclusion thorough floor preparation plays a role in the installation of epoxy flooring. By following steps such as inspecting and evaluating the concrete thoroughly, cleaning it mechanically, preparing the surface, fixing any defects and applying a primer you can create an epoxy floor that will last for years to come. Skipping any of these steps can lead to problems that shorten the lifespan and effectiveness of the epoxy coating. It’s crucial to dedicate time to properly prepare your floor for results.

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