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Old 12-31-2008, 07:29 AM   #16
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mtls're? if there is an american company that makes/sells the same type product, pls. post a link?
ain't Canada our ally?
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:03 AM   #17
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far's i know, mouse, its nothing more'n water-bas'd epoxy w/aggregate,,, just a reinvention f an old wheel on a snazzy website,,, no better nor worse just as chattahoochee stuff's roll'd out every 5 yrs accompanit'd by claims of ' new & improved ! '

sidenote - sure canada's admitting they're allies still ? ? ?
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:26 AM   #18
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well, sure, epoxy, aggregate/whatever, then a thick urethane. i liked it because it was an easy DIY, looked great, and has lasted 15 years + already and it still looks like i just did it! one project was a backsplash for a bathroom vanity. another was a horsehead flower/pencil vase thingy. a basement landing i did has only a few small dings in it from people moving washers/dryers/freezers, etc., but still looks nice....
as i said before, if there is american made similar/same product, please post a link. i always buy USA whenever possible, and the nearest place i can get the stuff is 30 miles away!

chattahoochee? is that in Canada?

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Old 12-31-2008, 12:51 PM   #19
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Yesitsconcrete seems very knowledgeable in this area and I appreciate all of the posters expertise/opinions. I have decided to not do this as a DIY (I think), but to look for a pro who will warranty the work - in case there is hot tire pick up then they can come and fix it. The problem is that I cannot find a contractor that will do it. I have called several of the concrete contractors and no one does this or they choose not to do floor covering or quite frankly have not returned numerous messages. I would have thought given the state of the economy it would be mcuh easier to find a contractor, but what the hell do I know. My quest continues - if I can't find a reliable contractor then I will need to keep this as a DIY project and take it from there.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:04 AM   #20
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guess what - my daughter & her current sig other did her garage w/apron store mtls 3mos ago & now they're complaining its coming up guess you can tell kids the stove's hot but personal experience's still the best teacher,,, most conc contractors're ignorant about this work as its very specialized,,, try googling elitecrete,,, they've done diy network shows & 1 schedul'd in may ( ? ),,, they'll pass it on to the distributor for your area.

my garage's a giraffe - 1/4 acid stain w/urethane, 1/4 polyaspartic w/no sealer, 1/4 reg epoxy w/urethane, & 1/4 cementitious w/methylmethacrylate sealer,,, bride's puzzled & annoyed but i call it my ' test track '

gee - a contractor who doesn't return calls ? ? ? who wouldda thunk it ? ? ?
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Thanks for the info - I have checked out the link and sent them an email on a contractor recommendation - As for your Giraffe - does one seem to be holding up better than the others? Do you park your car in it? If so any hot tire pick up?
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actually all 4're doing well but its only been 4 or 5 mos,,, no hot tire pickup,,, park 1 lexus, 1 toy p/u, & 1 bmw bike,,, plus i use the floor to make sampleboards,,, am not babying any of the parts,,, if i sell/install it, i should also be confident using it, right ? ? ? otoh, i don't sit in/on any part & turn the tires nor do i do that on the newly placed ( 1yr) conc d/w.

here's a pic of our driveway's throat,,, engraved 'grout lines' w/4" grinder spinning a .625x4" diamond blade,,, the house # was engraved w/.110" blade to result in convex reflective #,,, all sealed w/2 coats aliphatic urethane.
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looks great! An elitecrete rep contacted me back wanting to know if I was interested in acid staining, micro finish or trowel. Since I am completely out of my element here - I would guess acid staining - what is your opinion?
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figuring ' bang for the buck ', expense'd be ( low to high ) acid, trowel, epoxy, & polyaspartic w/us but your guy may charge differently tho not likely,,, the 1st 3 should be sealed w/aus as i did mine,,, micro's not a good finish for a garage as its only polymer & cement w/o fine aggregate,,, but that's me - look at the site & pick sumthin' YOU like,,, the hot floor here in atl's the apron store's vinyl chip embedded in epoxy,,, looks like **** to me but, if i had my way, we'd all be driving 4dr impalas w/305 v8's & 2bbl carbs
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I'm thinking acid stain - any idea on a realistic range on a per/ft cost?
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The contractor I had come out uses a product from Miracoat, anyone familiar with this?
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:43 AM   #27
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altho we've never used it, miracoat's been around a while,,, don't recall any of the pro's posting bad about it,,, may also be i'm older & suffering memory lapses the 1 thing you need to remember's many mtls're good - its up to the contractor to select the proper application & do the work accordingly.
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I'm just building my 24x36 garage
Concrete floor hasn't gone in yet
I know concrete has to cure for strength
How long after that can these applications go on?
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:14 PM   #29
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no one knows when conc cures altho it does gain most of its strength in the 1st 48hrs,,, usual test periods're 24hrs, 7d, & 28d,,, for all coatings ( polyaspartic, epoxy, or decorative cementitious overlays, or protective sealers ) we wait 30d and perform a moisture test prior to applications.
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I was figuring on at least 30 days, I had read on forums that it does continue to cure over 28 days
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