Why is my epoxy floor peeling?

When the floor is acid etched like with many DIY projects and the acid is not removed properly, there is a thin layer of loose concrete dust that sits on top of the concrete slab. When the epoxy is applied, it bonds to the concrete dust than to the concrete slab, resulting in peeling off shortly after application.
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How do you fix peeling epoxy floors?

If the chipping or cracking is minor, you can get away with simply applying a compound to the floor to fill in the gaps. Using a fresh mortar, trowel in the material until it fills the crack or chip and overflows out of the top. Then use the trowel to smooth the surface and remove any excess mortar.
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What causes epoxy to peel off?

Several factors can cause the epoxy to peel from your floors. The most common reasons this occurs is improper preparation of the epoxy or applying the epoxy when the temperature is too hot or cold or the humidity is too high.
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Do epoxy floors peel?

Peeling creates an uneven surface and an unprofessional appearance, which may also damage the concrete flooring under it. An epoxy floor can peel for many reasons, some of them related to the surrounding conditions as professionals apply it.
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Can I recoat my epoxy floor?

You can recoat an epoxy finish that has lost its sheen or otherwise been damaged, but you have to properly prepare it or the new epoxy won't adhere. This preparation must include careful cleaning with a grease-cutting detergent to remove the thin, oily layer that has probably built up, but may be invisible.
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Epoxy Floor Peeling? Here are the Reasons (and how to prevent it)

Can you apply epoxy over epoxy?

Can I put another coat of epoxy over cured epoxy? Yes. Since the epoxy has cured a chemical bond is not possible so what is called a mechanical bond is needed. This simply means that the cured epoxy has to be lightly sanded before the next coat is applied: the first coat should have a matt, almost white, surface.
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What can damage epoxy floors?

Oil, car chemicals and other chemicals.

Clean up spilled gas immediately, because it will damage the surface of an epoxy floor if allowed to sit for too long. Paint, household cleaners and other abrasive liquids need to be cleaned up immediately. To clean, wipe them up with shop towels as soon as the spill occurs.
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Why is my floor peeling?

If your floor was properly prepared and received the proper inhibitive coatings before the new floor coating was installed, these residues should have been taken care of. But if they weren't, the oils could be reacting with the coating, causing it to crack, blister, and peel.
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How long does epoxy floor last?

For residential spaces that use epoxy flooring—like patios or garages—homeowners can expect to keep their epoxy flooring looking great for even longer. Typically, residential epoxy flooring can last up to 10 years with proper care!
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Can you touch up epoxy?

You can resurface the epoxy as many times as you would like. Just keep in mind that if you wait to pour a second coat past 24 hours after the first, that you will need to sand the surface with 220-320 grit sandpaper to create a chemical bond.
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Can you patch epoxy?

Since the epoxy coating is consistent throughout its depth, most damage can be sanded off to reveal the undamaged surface beneath. And for damage too deep to sand out, you can use a patch of epoxy to replace the damaged area.
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What is the disadvantage of epoxy flooring?

One of the major drawbacks of getting epoxy flooring is that it is only temporary. Even though it is very durable, you will eventually have to replace it. Everyday wear and tear and cracks can take a toll on the flooring. The floor needs to be replaced when this happens.
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Do epoxy floors scratch easily?

Does epoxy flooring scratch easily? Epoxy flooring doesn't scratch easily due to it being a hard resin coating, however like any surface if something sharp enough scratches the surface, scratches may appear.
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How does epoxy hold up?

When done right, epoxy countertops provide a long-lasting and durable surface. Their non-porous nature means they're resistant to moisture. The material is also resistant enough to heat, although you still need to use common sense and not place hot pots and pans on it.
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Does water damage epoxy floor?

Even though epoxy floors are extremely durable, they can get damaged by grease, oil or water. The damage won't happen immediately, but you should still clean the mess before you forget about it. If left for too long, even water can start to degrade your epoxy floor.
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Does water ruin epoxy?

The effects of water on uncured epoxies and epoxy composites are studied. Experiments show that water causes an increase in the cure rate of epoxy materials at low degrees of cure and a decrease in cure rate and total cure at high degrees of cure.
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Can you wax epoxy floors?

Waxing Epoxy Floors

If you find that your epoxy painted floors may have lost their overall luster, you can then apply some coats of wax to shine your floors and protect them. Remember that high-traffic areas will require more coats of wax than the other areas.
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Can you sand epoxy and recoat?

A lot of first-time users ask, “Can you sand epoxy?” The answer is, YES! This is the primary way to prepare your epoxy for a second coat.
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How many coats of epoxy should you put on a garage floor?

With a garage epoxy floor, you will want to add at least two coats. Allow at least 12 hours to dry between coats and no more than 48 hours. Although the floor will be touch dry after a few hours, it takes a few days to cure properly.
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Do you have to sand between coats of epoxy?

All you need to do is wash the surface thoroughly with clean water and an abrasive pad and then dry it with fresh paper towels to rub off the amine blush before it dries on the surface again. Then, sand any glossy areas of the surface with 80-grit sandpaper to 'key it in' and clean away the dust.
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How do you prepare an epoxy floor for recoat?

If you want to use the recoat primer, we recommend first etching the bare spots with the supplied solution from the new epoxy kit and then clean the entire floor surface. You can then apply the primer and then the new coating.
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Can I top coat epoxy with polyurethane?

Yes, you can. Water-based polyurethane won't cause problems when applied over epoxy resin coatings. However, I recommend using oil-based poly as epoxy resin glazes work perfectly on oil. Before putting the poly over, ensure the epoxy resin is sanded for a glossy finish.
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How do you clean and shine epoxy floors?

First, sweep away any dust and debris from the area. Then, mix five ounces of clear ammonia per gallon of hot water. Soak a hard foam mop in the solution and completely scrub the soiled area. Mopping epoxy flooring with this mixture removes many types of stains without hurting the epoxy coating.
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