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Old 11-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #1
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Residential Garage Floor Coating Advice


I am contemplating coating my residential 3 car garage floor with and epoxy(?) coating. I have never tackled this project so I am looking for advice on it.

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1. Is this a good DIY Project do I leave it to the pros?
2. If DIY, What product should I look to purchase? Big box store product or better quality purchasing from a commercial retailer? Brands?
3. How much product is needed for a 3 car garage?
4. What kind of prep is needed for this?
5. How long should I expect this product to last if the prep is done well?

Any other advice would be appreciated as well. Thanks!

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Old 11-27-2016, 03:52 PM   #2
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It can be a DIY project, but the stuff you get at the big box stores is not of the quality of the stuff the professionals use.

Prep and quantities depend entirely on what product you use and the condition of your concrete.

I did mine and prepped it via floor grinder. It took a good, long while to complete.

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I've had good luck with this brand.
https://www.rustoleum.com/product-ca...-floor-coating
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Ayuh,.... My garage is a workin' garage, no kinda coatin' will hold up,...

Cuttin', 'n weldin' ruins everything,...

Bare concrete is fine by me,...
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:41 PM   #5
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Depends what the floor looks like now. If it's new concrete, chances of success are higher. If it's >10 years old with various stains and whatnot, for a good outcome you have to spend a lot of time in prep.

If it's new, I'd think about hardening/staining/polishing vs epoxy. What's your budget?

If you DIY epoxy, get a real canister-style breathing mask. Above all, avoid the ripoff called 'one-part epoxy'.
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Old 11-28-2016, 06:59 AM   #6
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you can do it but successful projects are begin w/GOOD prep,,, diamond grinding's best prep but, w/o dust protection & collection, its messy,,, acid etching's good but you need dry conc for epoxies,,, we've had success w/sher-wms coatings from a PRO sher-wms store (there are 2 levels of sher-wms)... we use ONLY solvent base epoxies & have limited success w/apron/vest store products,,, then again, buy cheap, get cheap

ea gal should yield 150+sf - use 24" squeegee & 18" frame w/1/2" nap roller covers as 12" is a pita,,, chip brush taped to a stick for edging,,, old sneaks work well,,, when finished w/epoxy, be sure to add the final top urethane armor coat to protect epoxy
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Floor preparation is key to epoxy holding up. The cream coat of the concrete must be removed to expose the concrete. It will also level your floor and allow you to patch the floor. I prefer the look of clear epoxy when the concrete is properly diamond grided.
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proper prep is key to epoxy adhesion,,, removing the cream ( paste ) is never recommended,,, if it were, all you'd have is exposed aggregate 7 a very bumpy floor w/puddles of epoxy,,, we also believe in diamond grinding - either wet or dry,,, dry is faster albeit more expensive,,, applying a coating of urethane to protect the epoxy is the key to epoxy performance
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Rustoleum has a new two-part product they call 'polycuramine'. Looks interesting, not clear on the chemistry:



http://www.rustoleum.com/product-cat...arage-coat-kit

It's also on the Home Depot website. Package includes citric acid etchant. Very expensive too. Anyone have experience with it?
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here's something of a review - http://allgaragefloors.com/rocksolid...ge-floor-coat/ - don't know of any pro's who use it,,, i expect painters will install for h/o's for are ignorant of better materials & just interested in quik glance appearance

as far as apron/vest materials, we stand by sher-wms & elitecrete,,, nothing of interest to us in apron/vest paint depts

no one ever address'd d-k's question re longevity,, most industrial floor owners anticipate 7yrs of useful life before installing new floor coatings,,, auto dealers avg 8 or 9yrs in service bays - 11 or 13 in showrooms
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Here's my garage floor, using the products mentioned above and all the steps taken to install.

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