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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2016

Garage floor sealer

I hired someone to paint and seal the garage floor. However, the sealer never dries out and is still sticky after 8 days. In fact, the epoxy paint took a very long time to be dried out as well. Is there any way to get ride of ONLY sealer? Or any way to make it dry out? Or, any alternatives without taking off the whole things (paint and sealer) such as putting plastic cover on top of wet sealer? Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Sounds like the contractor doing the job did not know what they were doing or had not used epoxy before. "I hired someone" rather than "I hired a garage floor finishing expert" sort of makes this sound like a regular painter or Handyman.

Nothing you can do that I know of that will work - generally a poorly mixed epoxy (too old, not enough catalyst, or placed too cold so it fails to cure right) can go a decade or more and still be sticky - and putting a sealer over an uncured epoxy (which generally should not be done until it has cured a week or more if done at all, which in my experience is not really that normal with epoxy) aggravates the situation. Generally, sealers are not compatible with epoxy products - a "clear coat" which is commonly also a traction coat with grit additive - maybe that is what you meant - is usually applied between 8 and 36 hours after the epoxy is applied (with proper temperature curing).

Removing it is the only viable solution I see - maybe with scraping then floor regrinding, maybe chemically with a stripped then regrinding to get back down to "clean" concrete. But if not doing it yourself, ask bidders to bid the job as-is - stripping the existing mess AND putting on a proper coating with clear coat and traction additive as appropriate to your situation.

Putting some sort of a floor covering over it is likely to be more of a mess - will probably smell for months if not years, may very likely chemically eat into what you put over it so you will have even more of a mess to remove when you go to replace it, plus any sort of a mat covering (rubber work mat or such) will let water and mud in under, and likely peel up and/or wrinkle over time, so I just can't see a good outcome to leaving the product in place. Also, any sort of covering is unlikely (at reasonable cost) to be chemical and oil resistant and hold up to vehicle traffic and be easily cleanable - all the things you put the epoxy down for in the first place.

I would require the contractor (at no cost to you and with full refund) remove the product and put your floor back to essentially the condition it was in before he botched it, but NOT allow him to replace it because he has shown he does not know how to do it right so you have no reason to expect a better product the second time around - then get an EXPERIENCED concrete surfacing contractor in to do the job right.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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