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garage floor coating ? #5409506 04/21/20 01:13 PM
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my head is spinning: I am looking for a durable, non-slippery garage floor coating that wont peel or lift.
certainly floor prep is very important
I have a 30 x 30 garage and a 30 x 40 garage. I'm surprised how much this will cost!
Every product that I have researched gets: great reviews and also "fails"

I'd prefer to use a clear in one, and a dark color in the other.

I'm trending towards Rust Oleum - although it sounds like I may need/want to add a topcoat with grit in it.


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I used a solvent floor stain. Recommended by user demarpaint. I used an H&C brand solvent floor coating. It can be a bit slippery when wet. Prep is everything.

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My brother has a box even bigger than spasm's really nice one. He's got more wrapped up in his box and tools than most people outside of major cities spend on their houses. The Snap-On, Matco, and insurance salesmen are his biggest fans! LOL


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Re: garage floor coating ? [Re: tomcat27] #5409537 04/21/20 01:57 PM
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The guys next door did some sort of epoxy but threw sand on it for traction.


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At a motorcycle dealership I once worked at we recoated the floor prior to closing down for Christmas with a two part paint made for the purpose, it was tough as nails. We may have mixed in sand to provide traction as a safety measure.

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The garagejournal forum has massive threads on this topic. A lot of those guys try to find floor stores selling discounted/clearanced porcelain tile which is supposed to be much better than any coating. If I was going to dive into a big project like this, I would see if I could do tile first.

Every time I've used an epoxy coating, hot tires eventually killed it.

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The nice thing about the H&C solvent stain, is you can smooth out marks with xylene. It will melt the coating. It holds up to moving things around. If it leaves a mark, just wet blue cloth with xylene and smooth it out.

I let it set 3 months, tires do not mar it.

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Re: garage floor coating ? [Re: tomcat27] #5409551 04/21/20 02:13 PM
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There is a lot of prep work involved. I mean a whole lot. Including grinding. The companies that do this professionally charge a fortune. My current garage is carpeted. Not sure of the long term life of a carpeted garage.


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Originally Posted by Donald
There is a lot of prep work involved. I mean a whole lot. Including grinding. The companies that do this professionally charge a fortune. My current garage is carpeted. Not sure of the long term life of a carpeted garage.


It is a good bit. I did not grind. I have even had a large used oil spill in the past. I degreased with simple green and stiff brushed it ( the whole floor). Pressure washed, degreased again and rinsed. Acid washed it, rinsed 3 times.

Used a large floor drum fan to dry it. Painted the edges/corners of the garage in with a brush, then rolled on 2 coats.

Only down side is it is a touch slick when wet. If you leave the garage door up when raining or humid, water will condense on the floor, but thats not often. I have a large entry mat at the garage door.

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Forget the box store garbage and go to a company owned PPG paint store that makes coatings used in industrial settings, U.S. navy warships... .
Google "PPG Megaseal coatings" and explore the many different coatings they offer.


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And there's always the interlocking floor tile, thick vinyl I think. Maybe from Weathertech? My neighbor has it in the RED/Black squares, but he gas more money than God! Nice though.

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I had 3-coat commercially applied epoxy applied in my new house in 2003. In basement too.

- Absolutely zero tire pickup
- I don't recall if they did the acid or grinding approach for prep
- Dang slick when wet. Strategic use of mats, at least in winter... some grit in the top coat helps a bit, but only a bit in our experience
- If you drop a heavy tool, it will chip. If you have extra material or even a '1 part' expoy in a good match it will touch up ok

I would still go this way again. Also have it on the basement floor... with that and the poured walls painted the basement is semi-finished


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I did my garage 6 years ago. I used the Rustoleum solvent based epoxy product (not the water-based one). Prep is the hardest part: used their epoxy patch for cracks and some spalling from winter salt AFTER using an acid based etch to get the surface rough. Applied with a 18" (or was it 16"?) paint roller. Even with the door open, you need to use a respirator with cartridges for solvents. I also doubled up on the fine sand to make sure it wouldn't be slippery when wet. IMO, the vinyl chips are nice for appearance but are a hindrance when trying to sweep or mop the floor.



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there are many options BUT they have one thing in common $$$$$$ to be dine right. if you know how DIY could save $$ as well. putting a rough finish on the newly poured floor + using a clear sealer saves $$$$ but not as nice as a well done pro job, as always it depends on the $$$$$ you can spend

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