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Paints or I saw "liquid granite hybrid polymer floor"....
http://www.garageenvyshop.com/premiumflooring-2.aspx

Can anyone recommend paints or other stuff (epoxy?) they have used successfully or any horror stories to stay away from?

I'm closing on a house in a few weeks and I want to do the garage floor. My budget would be about $150.
Its a 2 car detached garage. Let me know if my budget sounds unreasonable.

 

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I'm curious to know the options as well. I recently bought a house and my garage floor is very rough, and there is also a crawlspace under it so I want to ensure I preserve the strength of it so it never caves in. What I'm thinking of is a thin very flat layer of cement just to flatten it off and have a slight incline so any liquids go out the garage door.

But I'm curious to see what other options there are as well.
 

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I'm curious to know the options as well. I recently bought a house and my garage floor is very rough, and there is also a crawlspace under it so I want to ensure I preserve the strength of it so it never caves in. What I'm thinking of is a thin very flat layer of cement just to flatten it off and have a slight incline so any liquids go out the garage door.

But I'm curious to see what other options there are as well.
From what I'm reading, its paint vs epoxy.

Is epoxy alot harder to put on than paint?
 

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Epoxies will be more durable, however, they don't breath. First thing is to check if there are any moisture issues. Tape a 2'x2' piece of 6 mil poly down to the floor. Duct tape the edges. wait about 3 days and see if there is any moisture condensed on the under side of the poly or if there is any dampness present on the concrete. If it's dry, then you'll probably be Ok for epoxy. If not then forget it. The epoxy will trap moisture. The vapor pressure will blow the epoxy off of the surface. If there is moisture, then go with a latex based traffic deck coating. Epoxy is not really harder to put down than paint, but you need to follow the manufacturers instructions. Be sure to use the proper roller covers. Some epoxies will desolve the glue on cheap covers and leave you with fuzz in your coating. Also check the manufacturers recommendation on second coating. Cleaning and prep are very important. Nothing will stick to oil spots or grease. Previous sealers or paints will need to be dealt with.
 

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What is 6 mil poly?

A latex based traffic deck coating is good for a normal smooth concrete slab in the garage?

Thanks for the info.

If I do go with paint, can you still use the vinyl chips?
 

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There are "next generation" latex coatings that work well on garage floors. They are not as tough as epoxies to be sure. If you plan on some kind of design with vinyl chips,then they need to be part of a coating system. You can't just toss them into any paint you choose. 6 mil poly is polyethylene sheeting that you buy in a roll, usually clear, sometimes black. Use clear to test for moisture.
 

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I'd use the epoxy. I used the paint bought from Lowes for my floor about two months ago and his a couple of small spots that have chipped already from pulling my motorcycle in and out. It may cost a bit more in cleaners and degreasers to get the floor clean prior to installing the epoxy, but in the long run its worth it.
 
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