With the epoxy floor coated I finally got a chance to check out the texture and surface in the morning.
Mistake # 1 from Epoxy Coat – Color Chips
Little to my surprise the unevenness of the color chips was permanent. I had this silly idea of the excess chips would just come loose with the leaf blower the next day – that wasn’t the case.
I am still a bit upset for not having my seed spreader. – Still trying to get over it. Truth is if I took the time and stop myself from this blaming state of mind, I would have probably found myself doing it properly with hand tossing it myself.
Mistake # 2 from Epoxy Coat – Spike Shoes Scratches
I slipped (but caught myself from falling) a few times while I was walking with the spiked shoes. It left a few long sideway scratches thru the coat when it was still not cured.
While I knew it wasn’t really an issue since these spiked shoes were designed to walk on wet epoxy and the idea is the epoxy would seal itself back once the shoe is lifted away from the epoxy.
Turns out that was only the case for the spikes itself, but totally not the case if you have dragged a scratch across it. – Epoxy does NOT seal itself and will need to roll epoxy back over to fix.
This actually happened on the 1st day when I did Epoxy Primer which I fixed on the fly but I made a dumb assumption that it’d be okay the next day.
Hindsight, all this could have been prevented if I just plan my steps according (i.e. cover my tracks as I painted instead of all over the place like most beginners)
I really think all these mistakes could have been prevented if I was in a better mood. If I can be honest, I’ve been more frustrated with this over all garage because of all these so-called “unplanned” stuff I tried to squeeze in at the end which ultimately delayed my initial finished date.
Enough dwelling. On the bright side, I know I shouldn’t worry so much as most of the floor will be covered once I move everything back in. This was meant to be an ongoing learning exercise for me and I sure learned a lot. (And I know for sure I know how to not make the same mistake again next time)
I got a 16″ width squeegee from Home Depot and a floor scraper (which I learned from this video) to smooth out the floor post color chips before clear coat. Wish – I knew about this earlier so I didn’t worry so much!
The tutorial recommend to scrap the floor, leaf blow everything to a corner and then vacuum.
Next move on to mixing the 2 part clear coat.
Overall the paint process went a lot easier because of this long 8′ extended pole I got from Home Depot.
Home Depot Milwaukee Wish List
Which by the way made me want to buy all of the following items…grr. Will need to add to my Christmas Wish List.
Pushing or dragging this new 16″ wide squeegee was like a world of difference compared to this 9″ cheap one that came with the epoxy kit (Technically not free as I paid for the additional accessories)
Note to self: I probably wouldn’t pay for those add-on accessories as I ended up getting way better spiked shoes and squeegee. Only thing I really used was their 3 mixing/stirring drill attachment.)
Since the epoxy coat was clear, it was difficult to tell the difference between coated and non-coated sections.
More finished Pictures
To wrap this flooring project, I just need to coat the floor with polyurethane coating, which will happen tomorrow.