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Old September 8th, 2016, 04:22 PM   #1
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Well the wife wants to try and clean up our garage. Plan is to full everything out and clean it good. We want to paint the floor to help keep it clean. Anyone ever try the epoxy kits they sell now? didnt know if it was worth the money over paint. Is a little over twice as much.

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Well the wife wants to try and clean up our garage. Plan is to full everything out and clean it good. We want to paint the floor to help keep it clean. Anyone ever try the epoxy kits they sell now? didnt know if it was worth the money over paint. Is a little over twice as much.

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Honestly the best place to do some research on this is www.garagejournal.com there are TONS of threads over there on this type of project. I was looking into it for a while as well and the one thing that I learned is that it's ALL about the prep work.
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I found "Rustoleum Restore" polycuramine at Lowes - for half price.

Same thing as "Rocksolid" (which Rustoleum bought our). Polycuramine is 20x harder than epoxy. As stated, research on Garagejournal and elsewhere.

I did my garage 3 years ago with no-name waterborne epoxy - still looks great! It's all about the prep - grinding,etc...
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One place i worked painted the maintenance dept floor. It was pretty grungy, we rented a scarifer, scrubbed it with muriatic acid, then primed and painted with epoxy.

Couple years later, with moving heavy equipment and daily scrubbing with a commercial floor machine it still looked new.

Prep is key. Nothing will stick to oil stained concrete.
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Biggest question, do you weld, or use torches in the garage?
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no this is just the house garage. very look work is done in it. All mechanical stuff is done in the shop. is there a way to tell if the concrete is sealed?
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I think water will bead on sealed concrete
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The Rustoleum kits are junk compared to the high end stuff. I bought a gallon to use on my work bench. It works well enough for that, but it's like water compared to the stuff we used on my floor. It wouldn't hold up well at all. My friend bought some stuff online that he used in his garage and basement and it's holding up very well. He doesn't come on here much but let's see if he responds..... @p.o.r.n.

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I had a high quality epoxy floor professional installed when I bought my house, I do lots of cutting, grinding, and welding, and it's held up extremely well. It was a concern of mine, but turned out to be a non-issue with a little common sense taken when melting metal.
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no this is just the house garage. very look work is done in it. All mechanical stuff is done in the shop. is there a way to tell if the concrete is sealed?
take a piece of clear plastic and tape it down on top of floor. If moisture builds up under plastic your floor is not sealed. Only need to do like a square foot.
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The products from the big box stores is at a minimal ok. There are other products that are great but not cheap. 100% solids is a way to go. Two car garage would run you approx. $2000.00 and you could be on it the next day. Some guys are more $$ and some less. They have different products for all uses. I Have seen some real nice looking floors that are polished and sealed.
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agree - prep is key. we did ours with a kit from home depot but also did the clear coat over it in the spring of 2005 and didn't show signs of wear until this summer so 11 years of use. will be looking to redo in the spring

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for what we are doing with this (Wife parks in one bay and the other is just random crap lol ) I dont think i want to spend any more then just the box store expoy stuff. Even just leaning towards paint. If it was for a workshop i would put more money into it.
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for what we are doing with this (Wife parks in one bay and the other is just random crap lol ) I dont think i want to spend any more then just the box store expoy stuff. Even just leaning towards paint. If it was for a workshop i would put more money into it.
If that is all you are going to use it for then get the HD stuff. They rent a floor sander for concrete. Be careful it can take you for a ride.
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Following this, and reading on garage journal, in a few month's I'm going to have a lot of floor to do.
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Garage journal is a great place to get information. Like bbaxj said we have a buddy that has done this stuff for years and there are a few things to know:
1: Dont use acid no matter how good others may say it worked.
2: Prep is everything. Every bit of concrete needs to be roughed up good. The Clark machine from Home Depot with the diamond disc is what you want.
3: If your concert is old and messed up no epoxy will take well to it. This is my problem as half the garage was soft from years of a hot car parking on it.
4: If your epoxy stinks and burns the eyes it's junk. The burning is coming from all the fillers they use. Pure epoxy will not smell that bad at all.

With all that said I used epoxy coat
http://www.epoxy-coat.com/?ibp-adgro...FQQJaQod_JgFpQ
I'll use them again when I build may barn and the garage can be a show case. Just keep in mind good epoxy will not last on bad prep. Stuff at work was done 2 years ago with almost no tooth to the concrete and it looks like hell today.
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How is the rustolium epoxy garage floor coating on the shop floor holding up?
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How is the rustolium epoxy garage floor coating on the shop floor holding up?
That's what I used on my barn floor and its holding up great!
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That's what I used on my barn floor and its holding up great!
I helped apply it at the plant he works at, we mixed sand in to help with traction.
Last time saw it was still holding up great in a industrial environment.
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It's still good.
I wish I had done my garage when I first built it. Now it would be a major project. .
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This is probably some of the best product out there. I have used this and it sets up fast, not for the light at heart. Get it down and move fast. Mix, pour, squeegy and back roll, done. Your on it the next day.

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