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Old 02-14-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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at least thats what my wife calls it. I didnt want to start another project with the back yard not being finished but we had some extra material at work left over from a job and i had a free weekend. When we bought the house the garage has had really bad spawling concrete. You could sweep it and as you sweep it the top layer kept dusting off. After a bunch of 8-15K quotes to demo it and re-pour we decided to spray over the top of it with polyurea (basically bed liner like linex). I borrowed a buddys sand blaster and pissed off the neihbors one sunday. Then did my best to patch the worst area (pritty sorry attempt) If I had it to do over again I would have hired some concrete finishers to float the entire surface with five star resurfacer. I tried to spot the bad areas but you can see where the repairs were done after the poly went down. Id also rent a shot blaster- way less mess and noise!

this is the patched floor







That was all i planned on doing for the time being till we walked into home depot and the kitchen cabinets were %20 off. They basically ran the same amount as the press board cheapy garage cabinets that they sell. Loaded up the truck and watched some youtube vids on how to install cabinets


thought it would be an all day ordeal. Took 2 hours tops




took twice as long to mask them as it takes to install them


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then sanded after a day then sprayed again


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I actually drive 45 min to a cabinet store where they still sell lacquer. I called in advance and they said they had satin in stock. When i showed up they didnt. I thought semi gloss was close enough but wasnt happy with it after I painted the back side of the doors. Had to go back the next day, buy flat and mix the two to come up with satin. At the time I was thinking they are just garage cabinets but in the end Im glad I had the patients to swap it out.





After looking at under cabinet flourecents I decided to cheap out with a costco led rope light for $20. Just screwed it up to the bottom and plugged it in. Also home depot wanted $159 for a laminet counter top. So we headed back down to the pre fab granite place and were out the door for $189 for black galaxy granite. Its done for now but id like to ad more lights, ad another attic staircase and maybe restore an old fridge to put out there.


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Old 02-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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It sure looks good to me. There is no way I could attempt a project like that!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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Looks great, how big is the garage? It looks similar to the project I have ahead of me - standard kitchen cabinets needing paint and a floor needing surfacing.

How much prep (sanding) did you do to the cabinets before priming? Did they turn out fairly smooth? I don't want to see the grain on mine if possible. For the polyurea - did you buy those kit boxes of it, or did you get it in bulk somewhere?

Great pics!
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ah this one was easy- We brought the cabinets home two weekends ago- Installed them that weekend and I had them primed and painted by the following friday night. Just a couple hours each night. SAt we even helped a friend move all day and bought the granite on the way home. You just silicone it down and its done. The doors took another hour to screw together. The hardest part was patching the concrete which i thought would be the easiest.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #6
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Great work, I am going to attempt a cleaning and sealing my garage floor next month. I think moving all the crap out of the garage will take twice as long as the actual job.

What is the dry-time on the polyurea? (i.e. the lead time if you wanted to move everything to one side, finish it, then moved it all to the other side, so my stuff doesn't have to sit in the driveway)
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Great work, I am going to attempt a cleaning and sealing my garage floor next month. I think moving all the crap out of the garage will take twice as long as the actual job.

What is the dry-time on the polyurea? (i.e. the lead time if you wanted to move everything to one side, finish it, then moved it all to the other side, so my stuff doesn't have to sit in the driveway)

thats the beauty of polyurea, you can literally dirve on it minutes after its sprayed. Its tack free within 1 min of shooting it. If you clear over the top it takes about 2 hours for the top coat to cure but theres no reason for indoor use
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Wow, that is phenomenal!

I've been looking at floor sealers that run 72 hours to walk-on dry...
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Wow, that is phenomenal!

I've been looking at floor sealers that run 72 hours to walk-on dry...

here in california linex gets about $11/ft to shoot a prepped floor. We spray versaflex for about $8/ft. Look around to some of the smaller applicatiors without all the costs of running a franchise and you will get a better deal. THe polyurea material all comes from the same 3 mixing houses but there are dozens of people relabeling it and selling "their version". You can rent a shot blaster from your local equipment rental place for a few hundred a day. If you are going to use a "epoxy" style system dont buy from home depot or lowes. Call Advacoat in arizona or find another company that sells polyaspartic paints. They are from the same family as the polyureas and whats used in commercial applications. You prep the floor the same and it goes down as a paint. A lot of these garage places will sell you on a polyaspartic but they will use a cheap epoxy base and primer and just top coat it with polyaspartic. I dont know how much you use your garage but ive never had good luck with anything but the high end polyaspartics.
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Looks great, how big is the garage? It looks similar to the project I have ahead of me - standard kitchen cabinets needing paint and a floor needing surfacing.

How much prep (sanding) did you do to the cabinets before priming? Did they turn out fairly smooth? I don't want to see the grain on mine if possible. For the polyurea - did you buy those kit boxes of it, or did you get it in bulk somewhere?

Great pics!

sorry didnt see this the other day-

I have a company that sprays polyurea so we did the floors our self. The cabinets I primed with two coats of maclac primer. Sanded that with 220. Then shot one heavy coat of satin black. You cant see the wood grain on the door frames but you can in the center where I barely sanded. I didnt have the patience to fully sand everything as they are garage cabinets. Took about 20 hours total to prime, sand and paint the cabinets.
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This is going to be an awesome project. I wish I had a paint gun, be so much easier to get things done.
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This is going to be an awesome project. I wish I had a paint gun, be so much easier to get things done.
I have two six hundred dollar guns at work. These were shot with a 15 dollar harbor freight gun. I have to say they sprayed this lacquer every bit as nice. I'm not sure how it will work with some thicker material but the local cabinet guy turned me onto them and I couldn't be more pleased
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How does it handle with overspray?
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Looks fantastic!
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Yeah that looks really nice and clean I love the way it all turned out. Congrats

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