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Old 02-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Successful DIY Epoxy Flooring ??

Bout to do little make over on my garage ( 360 sq ft ). I got all the storage sorted out, paint scheme and paint purchased, now the floors.

Been thinking about attempting the DIY Epoxy floor kits that are sold at Lowes or Sherwin Williams. I'm aware preparation is key and no my floors aren't sealed or cracked. I assumed it wouldn't be too hard especially from what i've seen/read.

I was curious if anyone had a suggestion or one to stay away from?
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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Floor coating

Call and speak with the guys at Armour Poxy. They sell the complete kit and provide all the support. The home stores do not compare.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Haha first thing that came to my mind was how I just did this to my garage 4 months ago and bought the Rustoluem 2 1/2 car garage epoxy kit and that shit only did one bay of my garage ! Lol ... Buy yourself more than what you need the advertisement on the box is BS .
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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It's easy, but you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

It sets quick but dries really slow. You need to plan o stay off of it at least 24 hours, more if the temps as cool. I would recomend at least 48.

It has some nice benefits. Light reflects from it so you can see better, it is easy to clean up, and it stays cleaner. One the down side, it can scrap off and repairs are almost impossible because it's an epoxy and they dont sell small batches.

Personaly I used the flakes. They seem to add a lot to the look.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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yea I'm just concerned about shelling about the money to do it. i have a 18x18 space with a elevated landing area thats about 3 feet. i know the industrial stuff is the way to go, but by the time i get two kits and rent a sander (previous owner left garage a mess, tons of oil and randoms stains on concrete) it wouldn't be far off from doing something like the racedeck tiles.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:17 AM   #7
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I have a 24X24 garage and i used the Rustoleum kit from lowes, turned out great, but after a year started to peel. Now 3 years later it looks like crap. The new england weather with all the salt and sand destroyed it.

If i were to do it again i would of spent the money on the good commercial grade stuff.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:27 PM   #8
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I bought mine from Lowes also. Did it all myself. Went by the direction completely which I don't usually do. Did it over 4 years ago and it still looks good.
As said, take your time and follow directions. CLEAN floor is very important.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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I have a 24X24 garage and i used the Rustoleum kit from lowes, turned out great, but after a year started to peel. Now 3 years later it looks like crap. The new england weather with all the salt and sand destroyed it.

If i were to do it again i would of spent the money on the good commercial grade stuff.
I had the same experience. After 3 years my floor looked terrible. Instead of wasting time and money I went with racedeck tiles this time. It costs a little more but should last forever and also make the garage feel much warmer and more comfortable when working on the cars.

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Old 02-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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I just did my new garage floor this past summer. I used Epoxy Coat which I got at Lowes. Its in a 5 gallon bucket with the picture of a yellow Camaro on it. I did a lot of checking and comparison and found this epoxy product was much stronger than the others. So far, so good. It's been very durable and cleans up great. My brother in law used another brand around the same time and his is already peeling up. I used two buckets on mine which provided a thicker coat. Figured thicker would be better and stronger.

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Both those garages look sick!!


I looked into race deck but for the money id rather spend it on the car
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I had the same experience. After 3 years my floor looked terrible. Instead of wasting time and money I went with racedeck tiles this time. It costs a little more but should last forever and also make the garage feel much warmer and more comfortable when working on the cars.

If you don't mind what size is your garage and how much did it cost ?
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #13
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If you don't mind what size is your garage and how much did it cost ?
If I remember well its either 22x24 or 20x24. I got a special from the racedeck booth at Carlisle. It cost 1100 shipped. I think it was 2.90 a foot approx.
Contact Lindsay at racedeck and maybe the same price is available. She is very helpful. As a matter a fact I just spoke to her this week as I needed 4 extra grey tiles and she sent them to me no charge! Great service.

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I paid 500. to have the floor painted the first time and I think the tiles are much better value especially if you have a lot of salt like we do here. The salt ruins the paint fast.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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No experience with the garage floor kits, but I can tell you NOT to get the garage floor epoxy floor paint. I got mine from HD. Coverage was not as good as stated and the thing peeled within a couple weeks. This was on the shop floor, no cars or heavy traffic. It appears there was some kind of chemical spilled on the floor. (guessing) Some areas are good, but some just keep peeling up.

Maybe the answer is to chemical etch the concrete prior to trying to coat an old floor.

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:19 PM   #15
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+1 to Epoxy Coat. They're based here in Michigan and a very good company. Although I haven't purchased their product personally, there's a large following of Epoxy Coat users on garagejournal.com and they're quite active on that site. My garage floor has some settling and cracking and I'm not planning on staying in my house longer than a couple more years, otherwise I would have bought the Epoxy Coat a long time ago.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:11 PM   #16
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thanks for the input everyone. I though the epoxy would be a cheap investment for my low budget makeover. I figure its not worth skimping on with all the horror stories of what i'm hearing. I think i'll wait and do the race deck. i like the idea of taking it with me if i ever move.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:41 PM   #17
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If I remember well its either 22x24 or 20x24. I got a special from the racedeck booth at Carlisle. It cost 1100 shipped. I think it was 2.90 a foot approx.
Contact Lindsay at racedeck and maybe the same price is available. She is very helpful. As a matter a fact I just spoke to her this week as I needed 4 extra grey tiles and she sent them to me no charge! Great service.

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I paid 500. to have the floor painted the first time and I think the tiles are much better value especially if you have a lot of salt like we do here. The salt ruins the paint fast.
Thank you for the info your garage looks killer !
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I did allot of research before doing my garage and the best product I could come up with was Wolverine Coatings. And it didn't disappoint. I'll try and get some pics up of the finished product. So far very durable! I've welded on it and even dropped a big pipe wrench from 6 feet up on a ladder and didn't chip the flooring
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:17 AM   #19
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I bought mine from Lowes also. Did it all myself. Went by the direction completely which I don't usually do. Did it over 4 years ago and it still looks good.
As said, take your time and follow directions. CLEAN floor is very important.
+, same here. I am working on 6 years now. Other than me scratching it with the Harley stand it looks new.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #20
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We have about 60,000 sq feet of epoxy in our plant, I have tried about every brand including those mentioned above. The best brand for the buck is the Sherman Williams, holds up very well.
The trick to epoxy application, is the floor must be absolutely clean. any oily spots will not adhere for long. Also put down two coats for the get go.

In the plant we recoat about every year, to repair pallet nail scratches. I figure we have about 5/16" thick layer about now.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:31 PM   #21
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I think I researched dozens of different types of epoxy coatings and finally went with a product from the "originalcolorchips.com" company. I used the 2 part solvent borne epoxy called Devan 224HS. Then top coated with their solvent borne urathane. You can call them directly and they are very helpful. By thinning the expoxy slightly, I was able to allow the first coat to sink in to the concrete and have enough for a second coat before spreadoing the chips. Same goes with the urathane topcoat. I personally would stay away from the Menards/Home Depot rustoleum kits. Here is a link;

http://www.originalcolorchips.com/st...products_id=97

VERY pleased with the results;

Here's a video of the final garage and some pics;

Use some old golf shoes or micky-mouse some 2x4's with nails so you can walk on floor while coating AND while spreading your chips.

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How do the epoxy floors hold up to a floor jack?

Do the jack wheels cut or sink into the epoxy?
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:35 AM   #23
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OK, I am totally jealous of the racedeck garage.
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I think I researched dozens of different types of epoxy coatings and finally went with a product from the "originalcolorchips.com" company. I used the 2 part solvent borne epoxy called Devan 224HS. Then top coated with their solvent borne urathane. You can call them directly and they are very helpful. By thinning the expoxy slightly, I was able to allow the first coat to sink in to the concrete and have enough for a second coat before spreadoing the chips. Same goes with the urathane topcoat. I personally would stay away from the Menards/Home Depot rustoleum kits. Here is a link;

http://www.originalcolorchips.com/st...products_id=97

VERY pleased with the results;

Here's a video of the final garage and some pics;

Use some old golf shoes or micky-mouse some 2x4's with nails so you can walk on floor while coating AND while spreading your chips.

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U used ucoatit with the chips and clearcoat and it worked great.
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