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Has anyone (either DIY or professional) covered their garage floor with any expony-based paint, or opted for the interlocking tiles?

I bought all the stuff from Home Depot (Behr cleaner, degreaser, etcher, primer, epoxy) and spent most of Memorial day prepping the surface, but decided against going this route. Everything I read online talked about the paint peeling within 6-18 months, and the paint almost always came off under the cars tires.

Ideally I'd like to do the pro stuff, but that's like $1000-$1500 for a 400 sq/ft garage. For now I'm probably going to get a 5x10 rubber mat or make one from the tiles for parking/wrenching the bike on.

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My pops has the professionally installed epoxy (multiple color specs) three years now and it DOES NOT peel or crack. Like you said though...MUCHO $$$$

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Wait for VCook he had epoxy in his garage if I remember from some pictures.

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i did mine. I did it about 1 year ago now. I have one small spot where it lifted, the rest is perfect still. I'd love to have a pro job, I mean I'd LOVE it. But this cost me about $100 for my 2 car garage versus $1300 and up. It makes work in it and cleaning it a total snap.

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The diy kits are not bad for the money. I know several people that have used them. Several did have peeling by the tires but one did not. This particular guy used a gallon of acetone after etching the surface to further clean it. It has to be at least 2 years now and it still looks great. Just my $.02
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i did mine. I did it about 1 year ago now.
What did you use? The Rustoleum 2-part epoxy Garage kit, or something like the Behr individual cans (primer, then epoxy)

Any pointers? I used the cleaner and then after using the etcher about 3 times, I still have white residue on many spots. I used a 3:1 ratio of the etching solution, brused it on with an acid brush and then let sit for 5-10 minutes at most. I rinsed it off with a hose and then just rinsed and rinsed, but it's still on there.

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What did you use? The Rustoleum 2-part epoxy Garage kit, or something like the Behr individual cans (primer, then epoxy)

Any pointers? I used the cleaner and then after using the etcher about 3 times, I still have white residue on many spots. I used a 3:1 ratio of the etching solution, brused it on with an acid brush and then let sit for 5-10 minutes at most. I rinsed it off with a hose and then just rinsed and rinsed, but it's still on there.
i used the rustoleum kit. I took my time, and got it real clean before I rolled it out. that means getting up as much of that dried white dust from the acid as possible.

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i used the rustoleum kit. I took my time, and got it real clean before I rolled it out. that means getting up as much of that dried white dust from the acid as possible.
How did you go about getting the white dust off the cement?

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How did you go about getting the white dust off the cement?
hose and patience.

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I would think a shop vac would do the trick for getting rid of the dust.




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I used the two part epoxy from Home depot. I loved it it was durable also.
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my b/f does garage floors for a living, and he's always said that home depot is not the greatest stuff to put on your garage, if you'd like to talk to him about it, you can pm me and ill have him give ya a call........he always has some pretty good ideas
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Get ya BF to join the site I was also thinking about doing this in the new place if we get it.


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I am most likely going to tackle this in the near future. This seemed like a decent garage floor paint:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog....3080&SKU=90011
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Hmmmz they got some nice items there. Saved to favs


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I have used http://www.griotsgarage.com
floor "paint" and it has held up for couple years now. It is a two part epoxy and not a paint. The one they supply resists all the automotive chemicals and rubbing

If your concrete isn't new, i suggest buying an electric pressure washer and get a concrete cleaner and a floor brush.


If you have money to spend check out http://www.ucoatit.com
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The concrete is brand new, only about 2 months old and it's spotless right now due to the cleaning/etching I just did.

I also read some complaints about the Ucoatit on a few sites.

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The concrete is brand new, only about 2 months old and it's spotless right now due to the cleaning/etching I just did.

I also read some complaints about the Ucoatit on a few sites.
why not tile? Sorry for the stupid question, but is vinal tile that much more money?

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Will vinyl stick as good?? Also wouldn't tile be slippery??


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Vinyl is very slippery, and car tires tend to displace the tiles when turning.

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only way possible would be Linoleum (sp?) and even then it's slippery and prob wouldn't stick for shit.


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I used the two part epoxy covering but I forget what brand. The floor was very clean but not new. I probably could have gotten it cleaner though so YMMV.

It's come up all over the place around the tires. Also where the water and salt drip off from the cars in winter. I am not very impressed with the durability of the stuff. But the price was certainly right!!
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griots has tile too. It is a bit pricey to setup their tiles in your garage.

Another thing to look into is one of those vinyl floor mats that are 10X10.
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I'm gonna do the floor mat for the bike, like 5x10 or so. Griot's has a nice looking one for $120, but I've seen other's online for <$100.

The tiles can cost from $2.50 to over $5.00 per sq/ft, which is more than painting.

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You could always go with the carpeted option. And if you work on the bike you can lay the catch mat.
Carpet makes it nice and comfy to work on and sit on too.

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I haven't done a garage floor, but I have done concrete countertops And anyone who has seen the kitchen island at my place knows what I speak of. I intially wanted to do the epoxy finish on the island, but didn't want do deal with the nasty chemicals in the house, with less than adequate ventilation, so I developed my own top coat finish It has been 4 years seince I did the island, mind you I haven't parked a car on it but it gets a workout for dinner parties When I do my garage I'm using my top coat. Jeff I have a number of books on finishing concrete, from an architectural stand point, your welcome to read them.

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You could always go with the carpeted option. And if you work on the bike you can lay the catch mat.
Carpet makes it nice and comfy to work on and sit on too.

Just a thought.........
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i plan on doing my garage in a few weaks. i am going to use tnemec epoxy(tnemec is cement backwards). i use this all the time to paint swimming pools and it holds up very well to the chlorine and CONSTANT uv exposure. i can get the stuff for about $45 a gallon if anyone is interested. this is commercial grade epoxy.
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