Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
When installing a concrete floor in a place like an auto showroom in a car dealership, it is important that your concrete remains strong and durable, despite the high levels of wear it is likely to encounter. the constant trek of car tires as you move cars indoors and outdoors will gradually wear down even concrete, that material renowned for its strength.
While concrete tends to be of a roughly uniform level of strength, there are ways to improve its durability and resistance to wear, abrasion, and various chemical spills. The foremost solution is to treat the concrete floors with a quality concrete sealer. Concrete sealers, when chosen and applied properly, offer comprehensive levels of protection that will last for a long time. However, it is important to choose the right type of sealer for your particular project.
For the concrete floor of a car dealership, you will want to choose an epoxy floor system. Epoxy floor systems are surface-level sealers, as opposed to penetrating sealers. A penetrating sealer is not necessary for an indoor car dealership floor because you are more concerned with wear, abrasion, and stains from car fluids than any sort of penetrating water damage the greatest threat to your floors is at the surface level.
Epoxy systems are applied in coats. There is typically at least one epoxy basecoat that bonds firmly to the concrete substrate, giving the entire system a strong grounding. Next, there tends to be another epoxy coat, which further increases protection, durability, and longevity. Then, if you so desire, you can add paint chips to the second layer of epoxy, which gives your floors a visual boost, which can be especially important in a venue like a car dealership where visual appeal is most of the game. Finally, the entire project is sealed with a clear urethane or polyaspartic topcoat. These types of topcoats are incredibly resilient and strong, featuring high levels of abrasion and wear resistance, while also not allowing spills to penetrate past their surfaces. They give the floors that look that is not too shiny, but also not entirely matte the perfect visual for the floor of a car dealership.
Epoxy 325 primer followed by the Urethane 645 top coat is an excellent choice for a concrete sealing epoxy system. It features a water-based epoxy basecoat, finished with a urethane topcoat featuring excellent wear and abrasion resistance, all while protecting the floor from discoloring or other negative effects of chemicals and abrasions. The Ghostshield products are designed for strength and protection, as well as longevity and ease of application you will not find a more cost effective offering on the market offering the same level of comprehensive protection.