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Garage floor finishes
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:20:56 AM »
That post of 39Deluxe with the gas spill reminded me that my wife hinted about having "her" garage floor finished ;D  My son just spent big dollars to have his floor ground and coated...looks great.

Anyone have any experience with a garage floor finish that is tough and can be applied without special equipment? Something that will also fill small hairline stress cracks and is not slippery when wet.
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Re: Garage floor finishes
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2019, 01:25:55 PM »
Ed, I've been around 3 different brands. My neighbor used the Quickcrete epoxy floor kit about 10 yrs ago. It still looks decent with a bit of lifting where the tires run/sit. Now it was on old concrete  and I don't think he did enough prep.

I we did my buddies new parts store floor with Sherman Williams (rather expensive too) on new concrete. Proper prep, with in 2 years it was flaking off where my soft wheel roller chair was behind counter and out front where the bar stools sat.

My buddy Tom did the new office down at the shop 4+ years ago with Rustoleum garage grade kit w/ optional clear coat for drability. Old concrete on the old mechanics side so it needed extra prep to get the oil etc off. Probably prepped better than most people would do. So far no chipping or flaking at all. It gets pretty heavy traffic w/roller chairs and 2 bar stools. I spilled my ice tea while getting a refill, floor wasn't slick to walk on. I mopped it, never noticed and slippery.  But i guess any floor coating my be slick with oil or water under the right circumstances?
I see Rustoleum now has a "proffesional" version now that wasn't available or at least didn't know when Tom did our office.

I'm sure there are many epoxy brands out there, this is just what i've tried.
Hair line cracks should be fine. Tom started with a light coat in the hairline crack first, let dry then did floor as per instructions. Rustoleum does sell a crack fill product for larger thin cracks.

First pic is shop office now, the close up of the just a smidge bigger than hair line crack under.(no filler)
« Last Edit: September 26, 2019, 01:29:43 PM by sammons »

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Re: Garage floor finishes
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2019, 04:19:42 PM »
sammons

Good info...I'll some research..had our local Amish folks pour the concrete..the floor looks like glass...might need to rough it up.

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Re: Garage floor finishes
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 04:45:50 PM »
Ed, if you need to roughen it up.... muratic acid (pool cleaner) will etch the crap out of it. That was part of our prep once we got the oil off. If you go that route, no going back to glass ;D  And be damn carefull with the fumes/splash till you get it hosed off!

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Re: Garage floor finishes
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 05:40:32 PM »
Good news about a smooth finish is that it cleans up well (gas and all).  Bad news about a smooth finish is it's usually slippery when wet.  I've made some trips across a wet garage floor that I would have won a dance contest with!  The coating that is used on supermarket floors, whatever it is, is non-skid to the point you can hear the traction.  Guess they need it for safety.  I used a broom finish on my shop which was hard to clean and things didn't roll well (creeper) so there is a trade off.  Using rubber backed rugs or Harbor Freight rubber mats will help with traffic areas thru the garage.  I'm getting old and one fall will make me trade me present lifestyle for crosswords and Dr. Phil. 

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Re: Garage floor finishes
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019, 06:16:55 PM »
I put down the Rustoleum Kit that Sammons mentioned on my garage floor 12 years ago.  It's been very durable.  It can be a little slippery depending what you spill on it but the clean up is easy and much less dust in the garage than with a bare concrete floor.  It is very easy to clean.  I would recommend it.
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