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How to Acid Etch a Garage Floor Before Epoxy

How to Acid Etch a Garage Floor Before Epoxy

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UPDATED 03/27/19
How to acid etch a garage floor is probably one of the most frequent questions we get. After reviewing a product for about a year, we have determined that there is a safer, easier and equally effective way to etch a floor. Have a look at the Eco-Etch product. We believe this is the answer for most of our customers who are wondering how to etch their garage floor! We believe it is If you are going to use Muriatic acid than we highly suggest following Shea’s instructions in the video linked below.
All Garage Floors is a great resource for information on the DIY garage flooring industry. In a recent article, they talk about the best methods and necessary tools for acid etching a garage floor –prior to the installation of garage floor epoxy.

First and foremost it is important to understand that acid etching does not always work. Sometimes concrete has been sealed and the acid simply cannot penetrate. Once you have completed the acid wash, you will know if it was successful if you have a floor that is the texture of fine sandpaper and water quickly penetrates.

According to All Garage Floors there are six basic steps: wet the floor, apply the diluted solution, scrub, neutralize, rinse and PH test. Many people forget to neutralize and forget to PH test. For complete details read the full article at the link above.

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