Why diamond grind?

Published by Bert O. on May 13th 2024

Why diamond grind?

Diamond grinding concrete before applying an epoxy coating serves several purposes:

1.Surface Preparation: Concrete surfaces can be uneven, rough, or contaminated with various substances like dirt, grease, or old coatings. Grinding helps to remove these imperfections and create a properly profiled, clean surface for the epoxy to adhere to.

2.Profile Creation: Grinding creates a rough texture on the surface of the concrete, which enhances the adhesion of the epoxy coating. This rough texture, known as a "profile," provides a better mechanical bond between the concrete and the epoxy, virtually eliminating the risk of delamination or peeling in the future when utilizing professional grade industrial epoxies such as Wolverine Coatings.

3.Dust Removal: During the grinding process, dust, dirt, and loose particles are removed from the concrete surface, ensuring a clean substrate for the epoxy coating and, perhaps just as important, significantly reducing the amount of airborne silica dust. This helps prevent any contaminants from interfering with the adhesion of the epoxy and inhalation exposure for installers. ALWAYS use appropriate personal protection gear!

4.Penetration Enhancement: Grinding removes the thin concrete laitance coat opening up the pores of the concrete, allowing the epoxy to penetrate deeper into the substrate. This improves both the mechanical and chemical bond between the epoxy and the concrete, resulting in a stronger and more durable coating.

Many tool & equipment rental yards and home improvement stores now offer professional grade concrete surface diamond grinders and HEPA dust extraction equipment for rent. This allows even the least experienced DIYer to achieve professional epoxy floor results.

Overall, diamond grinding is an essential step in preparing concrete surfaces for high performance epoxy coatings, such as those offered by AlphaGarage, ensuring proper adhesion, durability, and long-term satisfaction.

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