The Best Way to Re-seal a Garage Floor

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Have a garage floor that needs re-sealed where a previous garage floor sealer has broken down? Many things cause a garage floor sealant to wear such as: traffic from vehicles and feet, spills, scratches and scuffs.

 

Step 1: Clean the Surface

It will be time to apply a single maintenance coat of sealer when the surface of the garage begins to exhibit a dull or uneven appearance. When applying a maintenance coat, clean the surface using a mild detergent and water. If there are oil stains present, embedded in the concrete, they should first be removed using an oil stain remover such as Pour-N-Restore (www.pour-n-restore.com).

Step 2: Allow the surface to dry

Application of a sealer on a damp surface can result in a “blushing” effect, where the sealer takes on a cloudy appearance as moisture becomes trapped inside of it.

Step 3: Touch-up Worn Areas

If there are areas where the previous sealer has broken down completely, touch those areas with a coat of sealer prior to sealing the entire floor. This will help to create an even sheen across the entire surface of the floor and provide adequate protection against wear in those areas that have broken down.

Step 4: Apply a Single Coat of Concrete Sealer

Seal the garage by applying one coat of MasonrySaver® Decorative Concrete Sealer per label directions. The sealer can be applied using a brush and roller or by spraying using a garden variety pump-up type sprayer or airless sprayer.

Avoid puddling or “ponding” of the product. Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours dry time prior to applying 2nd coat of sealer. The 2nd coat must be applied within 4 hours dry time before subjecting the surface to foot traffic. Full cure of the sealer is achieved within 5 days. To avoid “hot tire” release of the sealer, avoid parking vehicles on the floor until full cure is achieved. Use caution as sealed surfaces will become slippery when wet.

Step 5: Maintain the sealer

It will again be time to apply a single maintenance coat of sealer when the surface of the garage begins to exhibit a dull or uneven appearance. When time, simply follow the steps again, as listed above, to keep your garage floor protected and looking new.

 

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