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Old 06-20-2007, 03:40 PM   #16
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Because we applied direct to cement, the kit claimed we did not need any special bonding agent. The epoxy comes in two containers, and must be mixed together (activated) before use.

We did use the cleaning agent provided, but that was only to remove oil and other stains before application.

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Old 06-29-2007, 06:08 PM   #17
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We purchased 2 of these kits for our garage floor. It Stated that each kit would cover 500sq feet on a sealed surface, 250sq ft on bare concrete. Our garage is roughly 450 sq ft. with bare concrete so according to their specs, 2 kits should have well covered it. We spent 3 days preparing the floor, cleaning it, removing grease spots, etc. Finally it got time to use the product. We applied it according to directions and waited for it to dry. We were expecting to see a beautiful floor, however what we ended up with was horrible. You can clearly see the roller strokes around each section that we did, it's evident it needs another coating. We were very upset about this, so I went to their website and tried to email them. At that time their email wasn't working properly. So I then went to Planet Feedback and left them email. I explained to them that their coverage description was lacking, it was misleading. I told them it looked horrible and requested either they refund my money or send me the product to place another coat on it. I heard nothing back from them. My husband then 3 days later got on their website and the email was working. He asked about painting over it and explained why. Again no answer. So this morning we called them. The woman then told him that the kits do not state that they will cover a certain amount and that to paint over it we would have to sand the entire floor. She also stated that it is not the products fault. I guess we're all illiterate or we are hallucinating about what they state the product will cover. I will not ever buy anything from rustoleum again and if you are planning on using the product, I suggest you buy more than what the box states it will cover. In fact, I would suggest doubling it. And you have my prayers should you need customer service.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:48 PM   #18
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http://www.contractortalk.com/showthread.php?t=20592

I was going to do the epoxy coating on my garage, until I read this thread. I now have no desire to do all that work, spend that cash, when this is what the pros are saying about these systems.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:54 PM   #19
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I guess what I mean to say is that originally I thought 'hey, how hard could it be, just spread the stuff out, right?'. I had no idea how intricate this procedure is, and how extremely important proper installation is to ensure you don't waste so much time/money, only to have it fail on you in a year or two and start lifting from the floor.

I think I'm either gonna just paint my slab (hate doing it, but time/cost effective), or doing an overlay and using acid stains for a mottled effect, then shiny/satin sealer.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:55 PM   #20
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http://www.contractortalk.com/showthread.php?t=20592

I was going to do the epoxy coating on my garage, until I read this thread. I now have no desire to do all that work, spend that cash, when this is what the pros are saying about these systems.

It's not worth the time and effort......it doesn't coat what they say it does, nothing works the way they say it will....just another lie from a manufacturer to get your money.....and once they have it, forget you...........
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:00 PM   #21
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I wouldn't go that far, I do believe it's worth the time and effort, if you're a pro. However, as a DIY guy myself, I researched it, and just decided it wasn't a flooring option that is suitable for DIY. I saw that guy's pics (from this thread), and they looked great, but I don't imagine that it'll come out poorly once applied, you're more concerned about the system failing after a year or two, which is a horrible outcome considering the time/money spent doing it. I'm all for overlays/working with current slabs now, as opposed to epoxy stuff. I loved the idea, but I can't in good faith do it, because I won't be able to convince myself I'm capable of doing it (barring doing extensive research. But with the time I'd need to feel capable of doign it like a pro, the time wasted could've just been used to have a pro do it from the start. It's not as simple as you'd think it was at first glance, like I had thought.)
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:29 PM   #22
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I used the EpoxyShield garage floor coating about one year ago and it has held up great. Here are some helpful hints:

First: Clean, clean, clean! Use a mild degreaser, then use the etching mix.
Second: Don't put it on too thick and make sure you back-roll just like you were painting drywall. If you cant make a gallon go 200+ square feet, you are using too much. If too much is applied, it will not cure correctly. For example: My garage is 441 square feet, the two gallon kit worked perfectly.
Third: Take your time, especially when cleaning the floor. This is a two day job, take your time.
Fourth: Let the floor dry for a day or two. Some concrete holds moisture.
Fifth: Roll the epoxy on when the humidity is below 50%
Sixth: USE ANTI-SKID! If the floor gets wet, you will break your neck!

Of course, there are many more factors which are indicated in the directions. Good luck getting those little flakes to spread out evenly!!!

Here is a pic of my garage before and after. The after pic is a year later, so the floor is a little dirty - It does clean up good with the mop!
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:37 PM   #23
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After 1 year, do you have a single spot that's peeling, chipping, problematic, etc? If so, please show! Otherwise, that's a solid looking epoxy job!!
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:46 PM   #24
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Another way to go is removeable garage floor tiles or garage mats. Cost effective and you can take them with you when you move. Check out at www.calcarcover.com.
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Old 08-30-2007, 04:00 PM   #25
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No peeling or anything. I park my vette on one side and the wife parks her Cadillac on the other - The caddy is driven every day.

I like the idea of the floor tiles! Too expensive for me.

Home Depot in Cincy has the EpoxyShield for 500 sq. ft. (2 gal kit) for $99
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I also used the quikrete kits from lowes, the real pain of course was the prep work! I did use the cleaner as instructed before rolling on the epoxy, and after applying the base and flakes I waited 2 days then applied the quikrete topcoat. I went through 3 color kits and 2 clear kits. for my 3 car garage. so total $310.00 and I love the results so far (1 month).

btw: thats my daughter's fine chalk drawing in front of the garage, and surprisingly not my sloppy painting.
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here you can see a close up of the coating.
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:29 PM   #28
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Joeyboy - nice work on that concrete
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:28 PM   #29
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I didn't do my concrete yet

Still haven't found any advice on painting concrete slabs...
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I saw some self draining tile floor that was is fairly cheap. It is interlocking garage floor tiles so it is easy to install. They have a video on the site where a guy installs 20 square feet in just under 2 minutes. The tiles come in various colors so you can get pretty creative if that is your thing.

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