Our Installation Process
The first and most important step in the process is preparing the concrete surface. What we evaluate before we begin any project is as follows:
- Removal of existing Sealer or Failing Coatings
- How Hard or Soft the Concrete is
- Structural Issues (Cracks, uneven pads, severe pitting/spalling)
- Hydrostatic Pressure – too much moisture in the concrete
Diamond Grinding Your Existing Concrete Floor
Apollo has several pieces of grinding equipment including walk-behind grinders, and hand grinders for edging, control joints, crack chasing (“v” groove) and all those hard to get to areas. Diamond grinding is the preferred way to achieve the proper CSP (Concrete Surface Profile) based on the coating manufacturers specifications.
Removing any existing sealers or coatings is critical to the success of our final product.
Repairs and Resurfacing
Cracks are typical on most garage floors due to the settling of the concrete. Any visible cracks with be repaired with our Polyurea Concrete Mender product and more severe cracks will be opened up first to clean and abrade both sides of the cracks.
Pitted or Spalled areas will be filled using our Polyurea Mender Product to level off the low spots. After the Mender is cured we diamond grind the area again to take down any high spots and scuff up the Mender. Keep in mind this does not level the entire floor; it is intended to smooth out the floors so the low areas are no longer visible.
Broadcast System Application
Base Coating of the floor and Verticals – A small Amount of self-priming Polyurea is mixed to cut in the edges and control joints first. A larger batch is mixed to roll out the entire floor covering 100% of the concrete surface.
Broadcasting the Vinyl Color Chips – While the base coat is still wet we will broadcast the vinyl color flakes into the base coat. We broadcast at 100% to achieve a uniform color and texture.
Scraping the Chips – After the base coat is cured (1-1.5 hours) we cut/scrape the chips to remove chips that didn’t adhere or chips that adhered on an angle. This removes any rough areas. Excess chips are reclaimed if possible, smaller shavings are discarded and we completely vacuum and blow all loose chips.
Clear Coat Layer – Our final layer of product is considered the most important layer. The Polyaspartic Polyurea 2 Part Chemical is one of the most durable clear coats you can get on a garage floor. We squeegee out the product onto the floor to get a uniform amount of product coverage, then lightly back roll to even out the product and avoid heavy or light spots.
Once we are finished, you may return to service after a full 24 hours.