Your garage floor takes a lot of abuse. From heavy vehicles to chemical spills, it's constantly under attack. A durable, waterproof coating can help protect it and extend its life. Rubberizeit Dura-Rubber liquid rubber coating for concrete garage floors offers a host of benefits. It's resistant to chemicals, durable, easy to apply, and waterproof.

In this article, we'll guide you through the process of applying our liquid rubber coating on your garage floor. We'll provide a step-by-step guide that's easy to follow. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a beginner, you'll find this guide helpful.

What is A Liquid Rubber Coating?

A liquid rubber coating is a versatile, protective layer applied to various surfaces to create a waterproof and durable seal. This coating, typically made from synthetic rubber, is applied in liquid form and cures into a flexible, resilient membrane. There are many application options and it is commonly used for sealing roofs, foundations, floors, garages, and other structures exposed to water, weather, and wear. Liquid rubber coatings offer excellent adhesion to a wide range of materials, including concrete, metal, and wood, providing long-lasting protection against leaks, corrosion, and environmental damage.

Benefits of Liquid Rubber Coating for Garage Floors

For garage floors, it offers a unique blend of benefits. It's not just about protection, but also about enhancing the functionality of your garage.

  • Waterproofing: Provides a waterproof seal, protecting the garage floor from moisture and potential water damage.
  • Durability: Offers a tough, resilient surface that can withstand heavy traffic, impacts, and abrasions.
  • Chemical Resistance: Resists damage from chemicals, oils, and other automotive fluids, making it ideal for garage environments.
  • Slip Resistance: Creates a non-slip surface, enhancing safety by reducing the risk of slips and falls.
  • Easy Application: Can be easily applied with a roller or brush, simplifying the installation process.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, maintaining its protective properties and appearance over time.
  • Cost-Effective: Compared to other coatings, liquid rubber is affordable. It also requires less maintenance, saving you money in the long run.

Comparison with Other Coatings

Epoxy and polyurethane are common alternatives and in terms of durability, all three coatings perform well. While they offer similar benefits, liquid rubber stands out in several ways.

  • It's easier to apply, making it ideal for DIY projects.
  • It provides superior waterproofing. This makes it a great choice for garages exposed to moisture.

Preparing Your Garage Floor for Coating

Before applying Rubberizeit liquid rubber, your garage floor needs to be prepared. This ensures the coating adheres properly and lasts longer.

Cleaning the Concrete Surface

Start by cleaning the floor. Remove any dirt, dust, or debris. This can be done using a broom or a vacuum cleaner.

For stubborn stains, use a concrete cleaner or degreaser. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

Repairing Cracks and Chips

Next, inspect the floor for cracks and chips. These need to be repaired before coating.

Use a concrete repair product for this task. Make sure to smooth out the repairs and allow them to dry fully.

Surface Priming (If Necessary)

Some liquid rubber products require a primer. This enhances adhesion and improves the final finish.

If your product requires a primer, apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions. Allow it to dry fully before proceeding with the liquid rubber coating.

Materials and Tools Required

To coat your garage floor with liquid rubber, you'll need specific materials and tools. Having everything on hand before you start will make the process smoother and more efficient.

List of Materials

Here are many of the materials you'll need:

List of Tools

The tools required for this project can include:

  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Putty knife (for repairs)
  • Roller extension pole
  • Safety gear (gloves, safety glasses, and a mask)

How to Apply Liquid Rubber Coating

Applying liquid rubber coating to your garage floor involves several steps. Each step is crucial to ensure a durable, waterproof, and aesthetically pleasing finish.

Mixing the Liquid Rubber

Start by mixing the liquid rubber coating. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results. Some products may require you to add a catalyst or hardener.

Applying the First Coat

Once the liquid rubber is mixed, you can start applying the first coat. Pour some coating into a paint tray. Use a paint roller attached to an extension pole to apply the coating evenly across the floor. Start from the farthest corner and work your way towards the exit.

Drying Time and Reapplication

After applying the first coat, let it dry. The drying time can vary depending on the product, temperature and humidity, as well as the weather conditions. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat. Some products may require more than two coats for optimal protection.

Achieving an Even Finish

To achieve an even finish, apply the coating in a consistent pattern. Overlap your roller strokes to avoid missed spots. Pay special attention to the edges and corners of the floor.

Safety and Ventilation

When working with liquid rubber coating, safety should be your top priority. Always wear personal protective equipment, including gloves, safety glasses, and a mask. This will protect you from potential skin irritations and inhalation of fumes.

Proper ventilation is also crucial. Open all doors and windows in the garage to ensure good airflow. If your garage lacks sufficient ventilation, consider using a fan. This will help to disperse any fumes and speed up the drying process. In the next section, we'll cover the aftercare and maintenance of your newly coated garage floor.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Once you've applied the liquid rubber coating, it's important to allow it to cure properly. The curing time can vary depending on the product and environmental conditions, but generally, it takes about 24 to 48 hours. During this time, avoid walking on the floor or placing any objects on it.

Maintaining your liquid rubber-coated floor is relatively straightforward. Here are some tips:

  • Applying a rubber clear coat and sealer will make it easier to clean
  • Regularly sweep or vacuum the floor to remove dust and debris.
  • Clean up spills promptly to prevent staining.
  • Use mild, non-abrasive cleaners for routine cleaning.
  • Avoid dragging heavy objects across the floor to prevent scratches.

Over time, wear and tear are inevitable. However, one of the advantages of liquid rubber coating is its ease of repair. Small scratches or chips can be easily patched with a bit of the same product. For larger damages, you may need to recoat the affected area. In the next section, we'll discuss how to troubleshoot common issues that may arise with your liquid rubber-coated garage floor.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Despite careful application, you may encounter some issues with your liquid rubber coating. One common problem is the formation of bubbles or uneven areas on the surface. This usually happens if the coating was applied too thickly or if the surface wasn't properly prepared.

Here are some tips to address these issues:

  • For bubbles, they should be removed and tested for moisture. *Must test in multiple locations.
    • The moisture level you are looking for is 9% or below.
    • If it is too high try drying it with a fan and test again.
    • Things that can create moisture; ground water, leaking irrigation line, leaking water line from the pool, as well as high humidity will slow drying time.
  • For uneven areas, sand them down once the coating is fully cured, then apply a new thin layer of coating.

Another issue you might face is poor adhesion. This can occur if the surface was not clean or if the coating was applied in unsuitable conditions (e.g., high humidity or low temperature). If you notice areas where the coating is peeling or not sticking to the concrete, you may need to remove the coating in those areas and reapply it, ensuring the surface is clean and dry first. In the next section, we'll wrap up with some final thoughts on coating your garage floor with liquid rubber.

Coating your garage floor with liquid rubber is a rewarding DIY project that not only enhances the durability and waterproofing of your garage floor but also improves its aesthetic appeal. With patience, attention to detail, and the right approach, you can achieve a professional-looking finish without the professional cost. So, roll up your sleeves and get started on transforming your garage floor today!

June 10, 2024 — Paul Citoli