Flooring Systems for the Automotive Industry

Automobile showrooms, repair shops, service bays, and auto manufacturing facility floors require unique flooring solutions. Their floors must meet the harsh demands of heavy vehicle traffic, oil, grease, rust, and chemical exposure. Floors must be immune to hot-tire-pickup and be relatively maintenance-free. Concrete slabs are not enough to withstand the daily routine of automobile maintenance or elegant enough to impress the potential car buyer.

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Proper Surface Preparation Methods before Installing Concrete Topping

Polishing self-leveling concrete is not a particularly difficult task, but it is one that requires precision. Proper surface preparation before installing a polished concrete topping is a key for the success of the project. Improperly mixing your primer could easily result in areas that never fully harden or cosmetic imperfections. Another common mistake that people make when mixing full solids epoxy primer is leaving epoxy stuck to the side of the container that never gets properly mixed. This primer then ends up being poured on the floor in its unmixed state, causing inconsistencies in the primer and areas that do not harden.

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Decorative Concrete Toppings – Proper Surface Preparation and Installation

Decorative concrete toppings can be installed over any existing hard surface floor covering like ceramic tiles, slate, marble, VCT, etc., sometimes even without removing them. These concrete toppings are colored using integral iron oxide based colorants, chemical stains (acid stains) and concrete dyes. In fact, if you have a good concrete surface without any surface imperfections, beautiful colors can be applied using stains or dyes over the concrete surface.

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Surface Preparation Methods Before Installing Concrete Coatings

Surface preparation is considered to be the most important step of any resinous flooring application. Improper surface preparation could turn what seems to be a simple process into a lengthy, difficult repair.

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Surface Prep to Restore an Old Concrete Floor

Surface prep to restore an old concrete floor removes old material and prepares the substrate to receive the new coating. This is a key part of how to restore an old concrete floor. Resurfacing old concrete is a cost-effective way to get more life out of the floor, but the surface must be properly prepared to accept the new coating.

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