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Forum topic by davo posted 11-28-2009 10:36 PM 1617 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2009 10:36 PM

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Has anyone tried any of the epoxy coating for your shop floor? If so what luck did you have and has it lasted, etc.etc.

-- Davo in Texas

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 11:51 PM

I personally have not tried it yet. My neighbor has and the jury is still out. So far, it has held up, but I think it was due to his prep. He washed the floor with a degreaser, then an industrial strength TSP and finally a muriatic acid wash to give the concrete a tooth for the epoxy. He also has let the floor cure after the epoxy applications for 15 days before he drove a car on it.

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 12:30 AM

In 1992 when we moved into the house I painted the garage floor with Sherwin Williams 2 part epoxy, at that time the only one I could find. I also added fine sand to prevent the floor from being slippery. The kids would use the garage to go into the house from the pool. Epoxy when wet is very slippery.
It has held up extremely well. I now have a couple of thin spots, but otherwise it has done very well.
Back then it was a couple of week process. Clean the floor with muriatic acid. allow it to completely dry. Mix the epoxy, the one I used gave me a 6 hour drying window. Cut the edge and corners and then use a roller to apply the rest. IT is dry for walking after 24 hours. But no cars for 2 weeks. Of course things may have changed since 1992.
The main reason I did the garage floor is because I owned an older Mercedes diesel. They usually drip oil and the black oil really stains the concrete. The epoxy just uses and detergent do clean it up. And it will look almost new again.


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#3 posted 11-29-2009 12:45 AM

I used the Rustolium product in the garage and in the basement shop. The garage stuff worked out just fine, It’s been 4 years now and its starting to come off in places, but that’s pretty much what I expected.

The basement stuff was less than perfect. I put it on as thick as I could and still had a gallon left over. Then, they give you these packages of flakes to sprinkle on the floor for traction. The flakes didn’t stick very well at all. I had to scrub them of with a stiff brush. Even with these flaws, the floor has held up well for 3 years. Looking back, I wouldn’t bother with the flakes in a workshop.

There’s other stuff out there. Some commercial stuff is supposed to be really good, but I have no experience.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 01:18 AM

Thanks for the replies. I have searched and read a lot of reviiews. I am thinking of Epoxy-Coat. I figure since I am setting up my new shop it is now or never on the floor, once the tools are in it will never get done. Thanks again.

-- Davo in Texas

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 02:02 AM

I have used Rustolium Epoxy Coat on both my garage and shop floors. I used the one they call industrial. Its suppose to be for warehouses etc, and it stands up to heavy use. It’s worked great in both places. In the garage I have to recoat about every 4 or 5 years, but it takes a lot of wear. In the shop, it still looks new and its been there 4 or 5 years now. It sure helps with sweeping when the coating is down, and it resists glue and other chemical spills.

The only complaint I would have is that its very slippery when it gets wet right after its been put down, and it stays that way for a few months until it gets scuffed up.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 02:34 AM

I used this on the floor in an old shop. I had the shop for 3 years and it held up extremely well. It is easy to apply and dries rather quickly in warm weather. Depending on your location and weather you may have to hold off with any coating until temps are high enough to allow the product to cure properly

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 02:47 AM

I put the Rustoleum product on both my upper garage and my shop, which is in my walk-out basement about 10 years ago. The upper garage has only a couple of spots where tire wear has pulled up the epoxy but my shop floor has lost epoxy on about 20% of the floor. I am sure this is because the shop floor sits quite a bit lower than the upper garage and has more humidity which weakens the paint’s bond with the concrete. As Wayne said it does help with clean-up and glue does not bond to it.

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 06:04 AM

I did this in my shop and it is fantastic. I highly recommend it. A couple of things: First, go to Sherwin Williams and by their commercial/industrial epoxy. It is better than the Rustoleum stuff and it is cheaper as it isn’t packaged for/targeted to retail end users. Second, make sure you etch the floor with a solution of muriatic acid – you can get it at any hardware store. This will etch the top of the concrete to give it a bit more bite. You also need to scrub off any oil with a detergent, or else the floor will peel.

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