Acid Washing versus Concrete Grinding to Prepare your Floor
What is the difference between grinding and acid washing a concrete floor in preparation for an epoxy coating?
Grinding a concrete floor involves mechanically removing a layer of the concrete surface to expose clean concrete, which provides an excellent substrate for an epoxy coating to adhere to.
Acid washing, on the other hand, involves applying a strong mix of hydrochloric acid and water to the concrete surface to clean it.
However, it doesn’t provide as good a substrate for the epoxy coating as grinding does.
Is it necessary to grind a concrete floor before applying an epoxy coating?
While it’s not absolutely necessary to grind a concrete floor before applying an epoxy coating, grinding provides a superior substrate for the coating to adhere to.
It exposes clean concrete, removes stains, and allows the epoxy to form a strong mechanical bond with the concrete.
What is the problem with acid washing a concrete floor?
Acid washing a concrete floor can leave behind hydrochloric acid residue, which can prevent an epoxy coating from adhering properly to the concrete.
This residue needs to be thoroughly washed off, which can require multiple washes and scrubs, and then the floor needs to be allowed to dry out, which can take several days.
What are the two types of bonds that epoxy forms with a concrete floor?
Epoxy forms two types of bonds with a concrete floor: a mechanical bond and a chemical bond.
The mechanical bond is formed when the epoxy adheres to the rough surface of the concrete created by grinding.
The chemical bond is formed when the epoxy chemically binds to the concrete.
The strongest and most durable finish is achieved when both types of bonds are formed.
What is the recommended method for a home handyman to prepare a concrete floor for an epoxy coating?
If you’re comfortable using power tools, it’s recommended to rent a grinder from a local hire place and grind the concrete floor.
This method provides a superior substrate for the epoxy coating to adhere to, takes less time than acid washing, and allows you to apply the coating the same day.
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