We diamond grind all our floors for 100% perfect mechanical adhesion. Your concrete floor must be properly prepared in order to open up the pores so the epoxy can adhere properly. 95% of our floors are mechanically grinded and on rare occasions we will acid etch the floor if it is in Great Condition. All control joints are filled with a epoxy based polymer for cracks that appear in the joints prior to application and all other visible fractures in the floor are also filled at that time.
I like to go above and beyond when it comes to prep work and primer, that's why at Epoxy It I upgrade you for FREE to a Moisture Vapor Barrier Primer Coat. That way either of us has any headaches later due to VWE. I use the BEST product on the market called Vapor Solve that will provide superior adhesion over concrete with levels of Moisture Vapor Emissions.
Note: On LARGER projects we DO CHARGE to apply Vapor Solve Primer or a Vapor Solve Ultra System. Charge is usually .50 cents a SQ FT
Epoxy or Poly / Granitex Chips
This is when the pigmented polyurethane or epoxy is applied. If you have chosen a Granite Chip System in either 1/4" or 5/8" this is when we will apply the chips.
Scrape / Apply Cem-Seal
Your new floor will be scraped with a metal scraper to clean the loose chips off the floor and at that point either vacuumed or blown out to free all chips from floor. With any size chip you choose we apply a product called Cem-Seal. Cem-Seal is a water based UV Stable product that flattens / smooth's the chips out because Acrylic chips react to water and will not react to solvents.
UVR Top Coat
This is the final process! We apply a 100% UVR Stable Resin Based 2-part Aliphatic Polyurethane that will leave your floor gleaming for the lifetime of the floor.