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Old 04-08-2011, 08:49 AM   #16
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Sounds good. Looks like you are following the manufactures recommendations, and you usually can't go wrong there.

Are you still going to use the Quikrete garage floor epoxy? What color?. If you do tint the base, make sure you mix or box the base cans (before you mix in the hardener) to all containers will be the same color. Going to use the flakes? Got help? My wife and I did ours, and it worked great. She did the mixing and flake spreading, and I did the brush and roller work. Also she was able to point out thick and thin areas so it would all look uniform.

Good luck, and post plenty of pictures.

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Sounds good. Looks like you are following the manufactures recommendations, and you usually can't go wrong there.

Are you still going to use the Quikrete garage floor epoxy? What color?. If you do tint the base, make sure you mix or box the base cans (before you mix in the hardener) to all containers will be the same color. Going to use the flakes? Got help? My wife and I did ours, and it worked great. She did the mixing and flake spreading, and I did the brush and roller work. Also she was able to point out thick and thin areas so it would all look uniform.

Good luck, and post plenty of pictures.

yes, got Quikrete, got it tinted to a darker grey, forget what its called off hand... its not the darkest gray, but its close, wished they had black but they don't...

not sure about the flakes yet, not sure what color I want... going to figure that out tonight... it comes with the tan flakes, but its gray color, so not sure if i should go with another color flakes or not...

when you did the etching and degreesing, did it fizz much? did it etch all that much? I don't notice much of a change in texture
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what do you guys think?
I think that's as much prep as I did and mine is looking pretty good after a couple of years.
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My floor was 6 months old and didn't have any oil stains to degrease. I had protected it with cardboard under the vehicles. The solution they give you does not fizz all that much. In conjunction with the cleaner/etching solution they provided, I used a 4000 psi pressure washer with a turbo nozzle that really gave a good surface. That sucker will strip paint off a steel plate. It gave me the surface texture I was looking for.
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base coat down..... hope to get the top clear coat on tomorrow... this is right after painting so its still wet and shiny

yes the garage has crown molding and chair rail :P... hey if im gona do it, i'm going to over do it *lol*
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Great looking job.......Oh No is that a missing spot I see on the floor....Just kidding

Congratulations on a fine looking job.

Do the instructions allow the clear coat to be applied before the base coat has cured? Just asking. I never cleared coated mine, but thought about doing it this year.
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Great looking job.......Oh No is that a missing spot I see on the floor....Just kidding

Congratulations on a fine looking job.

Do the instructions allow the clear coat to be applied before the base coat has cured? Just asking. I never cleared coated mine, but thought about doing it this year.

it says apply after 12 hrs... its almost 12 hrs now... so should be good on that

not to easy to see the color of it though with sun reflection on the wet paint though... when its done will get better pics
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Ok have a problem.....

24hrs after the base coat was down, it was completely dry for 12hrs like the clear coat instrucitons said..... put down the clear coat exactly as instructed..... it went on white.... 12hrs later it was still white! well 24hrs now its cleared up significantly put there are still white spots and its not exactly crystal clear.... how long does this stuff take to clear up? the humidity was high yesterday, and we thought that might be slowing it down some... it was 55 degrees out when I put it on.... 80 degrees by lunch time and that for the rest of the day....

I'm really hoping all the white spots turn clear here soon...
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any temp requirements for this? it hasn't been about 40's much yet around here... I want to do this before it gets too hot out, should be in the 50's for a couple weeks in april... hoping that is a good time to go for it...
I'd say to wait until the 50's - the higher the better. Epoxy just won't cure properly under 50 . . . or over 90.

Yes, you can do the floor in two sections but you will probably see the seam if you aren't careful. (Remember the painter's mantra about keeping a wet edge? There is a reason for that.)

1.) I'd recommend taping off the first area with duct tape to create a straight edge. Walk on it to stick it down. Then paint the epoxy from the top of the tape into the body of the floor, not the other way into the edge of the tape. This will keep the epoxy from oozing under the edge. Pull the tape up about an hour after the epoxy goes down. That way it won't run across the line. If you wait a day or two to remove the tape it will be difficult to remove.

2.) Carefully measure out the chips and epoxy into two equal portions so you don't use too much or too little on any one section.

Good luck with your project.

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Ok have a problem.....

24hrs after the base coat was down, it was completely dry for 12hrs like the clear coat instrucitons said..... put down the clear coat exactly as instructed..... it went on white.... 12hrs later it was still white! well 24hrs now its cleared up significantly put there are still white spots and its not exactly crystal clear.... how long does this stuff take to clear up? the humidity was high yesterday, and we thought that might be slowing it down some... it was 55 degrees out when I put it on.... 80 degrees by lunch time and that for the rest of the day....

I'm really hoping all the white spots turn clear here soon...
High humidity is a definite problem with clear sealers. As you surmised, it does slow down the curing rate and it also adds moisture to the surface of the uncured sealer which is bad for solvent-based sealers.

Your best bet is to wait a few days to see if it clears up. If not, contact the manufacturer of the materials to see if they have a solution.

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My floor was 6 months old and didn't have any oil stains to degrease. I had protected it with cardboard under the vehicles. The solution they give you does not fizz all that much. In conjunction with the cleaner/etching solution they provided, I used a 4000 psi pressure washer with a turbo nozzle that really gave a good surface. That sucker will strip paint off a steel plate. It gave me the surface texture I was looking for.
That was a very good way to go.

We do epoxy coatings on garage floors and decorative cement overlays on exterior concrete. We don't use our heavy-duty pressure washer inside of garages because it sprays lots of water EVERYWHERE. The water could easily damage interior walls in a garage. Instead, we diamond grind the surface if necessary to achieve porosity for the epoxy.

When we acid wash an exterior concrete surface we use a 10% solution of Muriatic Acid (pool acid). [ALWAYS add acid to water rather than water to acid. Otherwise the acid will splash up.] The Muriatic Acid will etch the concrete unless there are oil or other non-acid soluable materials in the way.

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I just put a dehumidifier out there to try to speed the removal of the humidity up some it seems to be working some for the whole 2 hours its been running, the areas around it are clear now... so you can tell where the dehumidifier was at hopefully the whole garage will follow soon... it said the garage was 95% humidity.... yesterday when I put the clear coat down it was only 30% humidity... amazing how fast humidity can rise
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We do epoxy coatings on garage floors and decorative cement overlays on exterior concrete. We don't use our heavy-duty pressure washer inside of garages because it sprays lots of water EVERYWHERE. The water could easily damage interior walls in a garage. Instead, we diamond grind the surface if necessary to achieve porosity for the epoxy.
I used to oversee contracts for diamond grinding concrete interstate highways, but I doubt I could fit one of those machines in my garage!
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well after a few hours now of dehumidification the RH is down to about 48% and the white is starting to disappear... looks like the humidity was the culprite... anyone that does the clear coat keep that in mind! get the RH down before coating! or do it on a very dry day
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Great website Patrick

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