Proper surface preparation is critical to performance.
Allow new concrete to cure for a minimum of 28 days.
Remove any oil spots or spills and wash the floor with EpoxyShield
Heavy-Duty Degreaser (sold separately) or a suitable detergent or
degreasing solution and rinse. Then etch the floor using
Rust-Oleum Concrete Etch (sold separately). For best results when using the
Concrete Etch, the concrete should be damp, but free of puddles.
Mix the entire contents of the Concrete Etch granules with 2 gallons
(3.79 l) of water. Use a plastic sprinkling can to evenly distribute the
Concrete Etch solution.
Scrub the floor with a stiff bristle brush and make sure the floor stays
wet during this process until you are ready to rinse. Continue to scrub
while rinsing to ensure all contaminates are washed away. Squeegee
off excessive water or puddles and allow to dry completely.
Completely wash, rinse, and squeegee each section before moving
on to the next. When all the sections have been completed in this
manner, then re-rinse and squeegee the entire floor. When the floor
is dry, rub your fingers on the concrete and check for a white film. If a
white dust or powder is detected, then repeat the rinsing process
being sure to thoroughly scrub during the rinse. Once the concrete
is free of surface residue, you are ready to begin application of the
PREVIOUSLY COATED FLOORS: Make sure the floor is clean and
dry. Use a wire brush to remove any loose or peeling paint or stain.
WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may
release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the U.S.EPA/Lead
Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to
If the floor is sealed, the sealer will have to be
removed by grinding or shot blasting. Rinse or sweep away dust and
other particles. To ensure proper adhesion, scuff sand the entire surface.
The Rust-Oleum® applicator tool (sold separately), must be used to
apply the Decorative Concrete Coating to ensure proper adhesion
and to attain proper texture. Rust-Oleum Decorative Concrete
Coating is ready to use. Do not thin. Apply only when air, material,
and surface temperatures are between 50-90ºF (10-32ºC) and the
relative humidity is below 85%. The surface temperature should be at
least 5ºF (3ºC) above the dew point. Thoroughly mix each container
to re-disperse any settled pigment. Product may thicken in the can.
Stir thoroughly before and during application. If using more than one
gallon, intermix (box) all cans of the same product to ensure color
uniformity. Do not paint outdoors in direct sunlight or if rain is
expected within 48 hours.
Pour a small amount of product directly onto the surface. Apply in 4x4
foot sections, and back roll in the opposite direction to prevent lap
marks and to ensure an even coat. Roll slowly and apply light
pressure. A single coat can be applied, but a second coat is
recommended to provide optimum coverage, durability and abrasion
resistance. Note: Painted floors may be slippery when wet.
DRY & RECOAT TIMES
Dry and recoat times are based on 70ºF and 50% relative humidity.
Allow more time at cooler temperatures. Allow 2-4 hours between
Surface should be ready for foot traffic in 24 hours. For full cure
allow 7 days.
Wash tools and equipment with warm water and a mild detergent
immediately after use. Properly dispose of all soiled rags and protect
unused product from freezing.
Each gallon covers up to 125 square feet on smooth, bare concrete.
Very rough or porous surfaces will require more material.