Best Floor Coating for an Auto Spray Booth

When a local auto repair shop installed a new state of the art spray booth in their shop, they were looking for a flooring solution.  The existing concrete was dirty, had some saw cuts and holes that would hold dirt and make it impossible to clean.  Since the quality of the sprayed finish is really dependent on the quality of the working environment, (the whole point of a spray booth) they were looking for a seamless option, that would reflect light, be easy to clean, and would hold up to chemicals and solvents that would be present in the painting process, and one that could withstand the 150 degree heat used to bake the freshly painted cars.

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Professional vs. DIY Epoxy Garage Floors

We get asked all the time about DIY epoxy kits sold at the box stores.  These stores, as well as some paint stores that sell similar kits, want you to believe installing an epoxy floor is just like painting.  If you can paint, you can install epoxy.  While this may be true with the little kits they sell, there is much more that goes into installing a long lasting floor coating and good reasons why you might experience sticker shock when you get a price from a professional if you have already priced out the box store kits.  So here are my thoughts on the DIY vs professional epoxy question.

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How to Apply a Decorative Finish to Plywood Sub-Floors

Here in the Northwest there are few homes that are built slab on grade, so we are often asked about installing decorative coatings over wood sub-floors. This is definitely something that can be done! And the process has become easier in the last few years as manufacturers have refined flexible epoxies that can be used a base-coats for more traditional coatings to be installed over wood sub-floors. The problem with coating plywood or other wood sub-floors, has always been the fear of damage resulting from movement. If the two materials are expanding and contracting at different rates when temperatures fluctuate, cracks can result. A flexible epoxy base-coat help more traditional coatings bond to wood while helping to eliminating the chance of cracking.

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