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Old 03-08-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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Just moved to SA and am looking to get garage floor epoxied. I had one person come give me an estimate but they wanted to use the same stuff I can go buy at local stores. Only issue was the price was about 20x more than it cost me to do it myself. I'd rather a professional do it and do it right the first time but not looking for cheap box store supplies.

Does anyone have any recommendations and photos for,who did their garage?
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:41 AM
 
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Sherwynn-Williams carries a good 2 part epoxy floor paint, if you want grey with sprinkles go to a big box store. Paying somebody to do it is going to cost more, pay up or diy.
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Old 03-09-2015, 05:32 AM
 
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How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor

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Old 03-09-2015, 05:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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The stuff you buy in the local store is more then good enough for a home garage. Unless you have a professional work enviroment it will work just fine. If you can paint a wall, you can epoxy your garage floor. It is not hard, just takes some time. If your not willing to do it your self, you gotta pay.
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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Applying the epoxy is the easy part. It's properly cleaning and prepping the concrete where the expertise is needed. If it's not done right, the epoxy will not last.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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Applying the epoxy is the easy part. It's properly cleaning and prepping the concrete where the expertise is needed. If it's not done right, the epoxy will not last.
Tis is where im at. I know i can put it down but the prep is my concern.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:55 PM
 
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The internet is full of information you need to do it professionally. Do some research on it and you'll know what you need to know and then some.

I never failed to find out what I needed to know about everything. The internet is a goldmine.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:17 AM
 
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I helped a bud about a month ago do his garage floor. He bought a kit and as I recall, it was Garage Armor or something like that. It came with all of the stuff you'll need from the acid etch, TSP to get rid of the acid, primer, and finish. It goes on thick, real thick. I think their claims are 14mm thick when dry. So far, he loves the job we did but we also added one more cleaning to the list. We used a pressure washer to make sure everything was clean and then let the floor dry for 2 days. His house is only a year old so the floor wasn't really nasty or greasy. His 2 2015 Corvette Z06s look really great on it. Then again, 2 2015 Z06s would look good good in a garbage dump. The biggest time spent was the prep as you've already figured out. If the floor has oil on it, it has to come out. If there's none on it like his floor, it goes fairly quick. We did the acid etch,TSP clean and pressure wash in a day. The rest was rolling it on the floor and then waiting for it to dry. As I recall, his garage is 28'x 24' two car.
Yep, it was Garage armor. Here's alinky
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FWIW, when I moved into my current house, I used a polyurethane floor coating that I got from Menys Paint on Alamo St. Don't remember the name of it but it was about 25 bucks a gallon back then. I pressure washed the floor, let it dry 2 days, then I mixed the first coat 50% paint thinner and rolled on a thick coat so that it could penetrate deep into the concrete. Let that dry 3 days. Came back with the second coat right out of the can. It was an oil based product. I let that dry 2 weeks before I put a car on it. That was in 1982 and the floor still looks like the day I finished it. I've rolled big blocks around on it, change oil there on several vehicles several times a year. Oil just wipes up with shop rag and heavy grease takes a spray of Simple Green or Dawn and water and wipe it up. Might consider calling Menys Paint and ask them about a polyurethane floor paint for the garage. Works for me.
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Old 03-10-2015, 06:35 AM
 
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An easier way to prep the surface is to use a diamond grinder. You can rent them at Home Depot or Lowes. It is a lot like a floor buffer. Just take your time and do the entire surface and you shouldn't have any concerns about contaminants jacking with your adhesion.


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Old 03-10-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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An easier way to prep the surface is to use a diamond grinder. You can rent them at Home Depot or Lowes. It is a lot like a floor buffer. Just take your time and do the entire surface and you shouldn't have any concerns about contaminants jacking with your adhesion.


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...and unlike Travis there, pick up a decent 3M face mask to avoid lung silicosis.
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