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I'm thinking of painting my garage floor in my new house and I saw this product at Lowes
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=224200-4-50021&detail=desc&lpage=none

Has anybody used the Quikcrete Epoxy for their garage floor? The package says that it includes everything you need for this project including the acid cleaner for prep. It also includes the little color flakes that are supposed to make it non-slip, but I think you'd have to use A LOT of color flakes to keep an epoxy floor from turning into a slip-n-slide. It sounds a little too good to be true. Our garage floor is unsealed concete slab. There are a few oil stains from the previous owners but otherwise no problems. If this stuff is no good, what is a better product that I could use to coat my garage floor?
 

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i say go for it . Just follow manufacturer instruction. For 64.00 dollar how can you go wrong. Professional charge like 2,000 dollars.
 

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I'm worried that it will be cheap to put this stuff on the floor, but really expensive to fix if it fails. Cheap materials can cause costly mistakes.
 

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Floor prep is essential with this application and residual content of the floor will impede the epoxy bond.

I would suggest a pressure wash with a slight sulphamic acid content about 10-1 mix, let it all air dry well then so a test area to confirm bond.
 

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Also, the problem is if you have moisture coming up through your concrete in the spring (or anytime), then moisture trapped under even epoxy will push it off the concrete and cause the epoxy paint to crack and let go.

The way I look at it, if you're not having any problems with a bare concrete floor, why mess with it?

One thing you can do to check is to get an inexpensive hygrometer (measures relative humidity) from Lee Valley, set it down on your garage floor, cover your garage floor with clear plastic vapour barrier in early spring, and tape down the perimeter. Park your car outdoors. If you see that hygrometer needle going up over the course of the spring, you've got moisture coming through that concrete. Once the hygrometer needle reaches 100%, you should start to see condensation on the inside of the plastic.

I'd only paint that floor if you don't see any evidence of moisture coming up through the concrete.
 
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