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Old April 14th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Shop floor epoxy

I just finished half of the shop floor with gray epoxy from Home Depot. Cheap and easy to do myself. It brighten the inside up. Next is paint all walls and add more lights.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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I am going to be using ArmorClad on the floor of the garage in Jersey. It is pricey but supposedly very good stuff.
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ArmorClad looks like a nice product.
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Damn, that looks good.
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Very nice - looks like you have enough space in there so you don't have to park in the exact same spot every time too - helps avoid the hot tire pickup
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Looks good Jeremy!
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Nice garage/shop!
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Did you diamond grind the floor beforehand or at least acid etch it?

The chain store products look great at first but usually chip off over time because they don't have proper adhesion. The surface needs a profile to properly adhere, which is why diamond grinding is usually necessary to remove all the contaminants and rough up the surface before application.

I just did my garage, but I rented a diamond grinder and then had commercial grade epoxy professionally applied.

Looks great though and I hope it lasts!
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Looks good. Update us in 16-20months and let us know how it is. I did the homedepot on my last garage, and it looked great for a few months. Then quickly started showing wear.























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I just finished half of the shop floor with gray epoxy from Home Depot. Cheap and easy to do myself. It brighten the inside up. Next is paint all walls and add more lights.
The Home Depot stuff works fine, when prep is done correctly. Looks nice.
I'm going to try stain this time around...with a light grit mixed in.
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The Home Depot stuff works fine, when prep is done correctly. Looks nice.
I'm going to try stain this time around...with a light grit mixed in.
^This. I did the UCoatIt finish after prepping like a mad man. It looks killer and has held up fairly well. However, next garage will get stained with a light grit in the clear, as Hollywood suggests.
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Did you diamond grind the floor beforehand or at least acid etch it?

The chain store products look great at first but usually chip off over time because they don't have proper adhesion. The surface needs a profile to properly adhere, which is why diamond grinding is usually necessary to remove all the contaminants and rough up the surface before application.

I just did my garage, but I rented a diamond grinder and then had commercial grade epoxy professionally applied.

Looks great though and I hope it lasts!
Any idea how much you spent? I got a bid of $5.00/sq ft . They diamond grind and then use a commercial grade product. I'm looking at $,4700 to have 940 /sq ft done. How much will I save if I do it myself?
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However, next garage will get stained with a light grit in the clear, as Hollywood suggests.
I'm looking forward to the stain. I just got a quote for $4.10sf...including the "Shark Bite" additive mixed in for traction/grip. And this was a full retail quote, from randomly calling up local concrete staining contractors.

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I did my garage in my home in Florida, after about 6 months it looked terrible - home depot material. I prepped it as directed, acid wash, let is set up several extra days, etc. and the heat marks from hot tires was so frustrating. Will do tile, stain, or other next time.
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Any idea how much you spent? I got a bid of $5.00/sq ft . They diamond grind and then use a commercial grade product. I'm looking at $,4700 to have 940 /sq ft done. How much will I save if I do it myself?
My family is in the commercial construction business. We just recently built a large GMC/Buick car dealership and the shop areas had epoxy put down. As a favor, the sub-contractor came and applied some of the extra to my personal garage for free since I did the prep work.

Diamond grinding is a royal PITA. I had probably 16+ hours of prep in a 30x30 foot garage. You would have to check with the company to see whether they would allow you to prep the floor yourself. It may be too much liability for them if you prep it and don't remove all the contaminants and then it doesn't stick and you want a warranty.

The garage I had professionally applied had the "home depot" gray epoxy. Only tiny remnants were left when I bought the house because none of it stuck. Also, my Father-In-Law applied the "home depot" version to his garage and it is already chipped and falling off after a couple of years with pull-in/pull-out garage use.
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I know this is an old thread but...
Surface preparation is the key, the floor should not feel smooth. Acid etching would be great but not to many coating suppliers will endorse it because it is common for people not to rinse it enough and bring the ph in the concrete back to neutral. Grinding is great because you do not introduce water and acid into your area and you can start priming as soon as you clean up but you must use course stones. Just as important as your preparation is having a vapor barrier. If there was no plastic which is commonly used or shall I say commonly left out by home builders you may not be able to install any coating successfully due to hydrostatic pressure or moisture migration through your slab. The cheap DIY method without coring your slab is to tape a sheet of plastic down to your floor in one or more areas and seal the entire perimeter with duct tape and letting it sit for a couple weeks minimum and see if moisture vapor accumulates on the under side of the plastic. If moisture is visible do not coat and save your money maybe consider concrete polishing. If you can pass your moisture tests and its time to get materials I would encourage you to stay away from from your box stores and your concrete stores and go to a local industrial paint store. A industrial grade entry level epoxy or urethane floor that will well exceed what your big box stores will sell you would cost you 1-2 per square foot for material. You should be able to rent a grinder for 200 per day and one day should be plenty. You should not have to worry about tire spots and pulling your coating if installed correctly...
Added aggregate or texture helps dissipate heat and helps with slips and falls but also makes it hard to clean. Please for your own sake stay away from stains.
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Oh, and Gutterworks, your floor looks nice!
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Just want to point out that 18-months later, the ArmorClad epoxy that I applied is holding up very well. No chips, no flaking, no bubbling. Great product.
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I went the U Coat It route....looked great, lasted 2 yrs. This summer I diamond ground the floor, probably will die from the concrete dust at some point lol, acid eteched it twice and applied a multi-part epoxy and clear that is 5 mil thick when done...military grade. Bought it from a guy in Jersey and it was pricey for a 2 car garage....over $1k for materials and I did the labor. Might be what u used Snor but I will have to check the brand. I did black with silver flecks and it looks amazing.....true test will be the next 4 winter months.
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Armorclad is a very good product. I own a painting company and typically charge around $1,500 for a typical 400 sq ft. 2 stall garage.
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