Does the application of clear epoxy on smoothen concrete surfaces create a slippery floor?
Clear Epoxy is a primer mixed with a thinner. It is easy to clean, but is usually not that durable. It is just a coating to maintain the condition of the concrete and to stop the dust from sticking to the surface. If you want a coating with better properties, then it has to be a 2 mm epoxy self-leveling coating. Epoxy self-leveling is a lot more durable. It is usually used in warehouses, showrooms, and places where there is a lot of heavy use. However if the surface is just used as a walkway and normal storage where you don’t want dust to accumulate and you want the surface that is easy to clean, then epoxy coating is what you use. It is much cheaper and it more suitable for light-weight use.
1. If the the floor is smoothen and then the epoxy is applied right after, after a period of time the coating might peel off. This is because when the surface is too smooth, the coating will have a hard time sticking to the surface.
It is recommended to clean the surface with an acid or lightly polish the floor. This is so that the paint will easily adhere to the surface.
2. To answer the question whether epoxy coating creates a slippery surface. First one just consider whether the floor has a layer of water or not. If it does, then it is quite slippery. But if it is just a bit damp like when it is applied, then there shouldn’t be a problem.