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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:06 PM   #1
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Anybody have any experience with putting this stuff on? How were the results? Any problems with hot tires pulling the epoxy up? Thanks.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:29 PM   #3
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All that thread accomplished was reiterating what Smoke told me on the phone, and that VA Gina was more annoying than when MROB didnt use an AE.
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

yep I have EPoxy, I love it.. I have the two part system.. its tan with the flakes, the stuff rocks! I busted my arse for 3 days but they came out nar perfect. I bought the 2 part system at Home Depot, it was $55 per one car garage. You got to prep, prep, prep!!

heres a pic, the floor will mop up an look like new, Ive been working in the garage for the past few days so they're a mess

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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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Excellent post. Fortunately my garage is new so I dont have to deal with oil and other elements sitting on the slab. I think im going to do the UCoatIt..
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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:43 PM   #6
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

I've actually looked into it a bit more since hearing from the VA crew - it boils down to two choices:
1) Do the acid prep yourself and a substantial amount of work for a weekend (using the beefed up industrial coating) and get a job that will probably suffice for under $500 for a three car garage; or
2) Spend about $3500 and get a professional coating that is very nice.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 10:45 PM   #7
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

Well since my floor is new Im not too worried about the prep. I understand that it's important, but since there are no cracks or oil then I think I can get it to stay down. You research any particular brands other than UCoatIt?
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http://www.usintegration.com/casspolymers/catalog.asp

I've got a new floor too, but the problem isn't so much cleaning it, it is etching it so that the coating will bond and not have a future problem with the hot tires bubbling it or otherwise drawing out moisture.

The other route is to do a diy coating and then park on impermeable mats, at least where your tires contact the floor, but that somewhat defeats the purpose.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:03 PM   #9
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I've got a new floor too, but the problem isn't so much cleaning it, it is etching it so that the coating will bond and not have a future problem with the hot tires bubbling it or otherwise drawing out moisture.

The other route is to do a diy coating and then park on impermeable mats, at least where your tires contact the floor, but that somewhat defeats the purpose.
Shit. Is it worth the risk?
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #10
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

The biggest thing for me is I don't want to do it again - the new floor can be done before I start collecting too much stuff. The idea of some manual labor for a weekend followed by crap that doesn't last is not too exciting. On the other hand, some guy with an Evo could probably get an extra 100 hp for the cost difference between the diy and the pro coating. I think I'm leaning towards a diy, with the backup plan of going for floor tiles if it doesn't work out too well, with the cost of floor tiles nearly equaling the pro epoxy job.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #11
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Actual tiles or the racedeck crap? It's just hard to pass up a 500 dollar epoxy floor that looks sharp and performs like advertised...if that's what I actually get. After talking with the Asian I think I'm going to order the UCoatIt kit and see what happends.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:26 PM   #12
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

Does U-Coat come with the option of the super-secret-double-probation-industrial-use-outside-of-California-only option for the sealant? That is what I'd want - the industrial-only sealer. I can't imagine something they sell at Sam's Club can be as good as the professional-only stuff, since the retailers have to account for the idiot-factor in the diy crowd.

I'd agree that some form of diy kit is probably worth a shot though.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:36 PM   #13
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According to other garage forums U-Coat is supposed to be money if done right. Contrary to you, it's me that has to deal with 110+ degree days and humidity like you've only read about. I think if this kit bonds to my floor like advertised on their website then you cant go wrong. Smoke's floor has held up great. U-Coat offers automotive grade coatings that are supposed to hold up to the excessive heat and abrasive chemicals like brake fluid and what not. I am in the process of ordering right now...
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110 with humidity?!?!?!?!?! Dude, I'm worried about those 78 degree days after a drive - I'm hoping my tires cool to less than 110 degrees by the time I pull into the garage.
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110 with humidity?!?!?!?!?! Dude, I'm worried about those 78 degree days after a drive - I'm hoping my tires cool to less than 110 degrees by the time I pull into the garage.
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Old August 16th, 2005, 12:17 AM   #16
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I just finalized my order. 561.00 to my door for the UCoat-it kit and the UFlek kit with an extra tub of fleks. I've got some rollin' to do!
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I suggest a very light coat of flakes,easier to find dropped screws and such.If you holdem in your hand and blow em out they'll fall perfect.
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I suggest a very light coat of flakes,easier to find dropped screws and such.If you holdem in your hand and blow em out they'll fall perfect.
I thought that exact same thing. I was told that with the amount of flakes provided that it just looks dirty, not cosmetically appealing. I bought extra so I can add more if need be.

Thanks for the tip.
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I just finalized my order. 561.00 to my door for the UCoat-it kit and the UFlek kit with an extra tub of fleks. I've got some rollin' to do!
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Re: Epoxy floors & U-Coat-it

We have the same stuff U-Coat stuff in the garage at this rental house. It was applied when the floor was brand new (I'm friends with the owner). It still peels up whenever soft tires are even slightly warm. It does not appear to be affected by oil or brake fluid or anything of that nature, though.

Here is a picture I took a few days ago of a motorcycle rear-stand I was selling. Behind it you can see the peeled-up Pilot Sport tread pattern. If I recall correctly, the only unusual driving that day was a quick stint of a few minutes at about 145 in ~90 degree weather, ending roughly 1 mile from the house:



I certainly won't be using it in the new house. After talking to somebody I know who runs a business that does driveways and garage floors, stain with a sealer appears to be the way to go if you're not into the race-deck thing. (I think the plastic flooring looks like ass.)
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