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Posted on Epoxy Paint or Colored Sealer for Shop Floor?

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 08:11 PM

My shop is in my basement and I did the floor myself with the Rust Oleum Epoxy kits made for the garage floor. I’ve had absolutely no trouble with it after 2 years. I skipped the colored flecks that come with the kit but did add the very fine sand mix to help provide better traction. The epoxy over concrete can be crazy dangerously slippery without it once it’s cured.

The key thing I think before putting down the epoxy was the test described in the instructions to determine if the concrete is dry enough for the epoxy to properly cure. My basement floor was 1 year old before I applied the epoxy and it passed the dryness test. I don’t think your freshly poured floor will pass. The test was to take a clean section of the concrete and put a piece of plastic sheeting (although a garbage bag will work) down, duct taped around all sides and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours lift the tape and the plastic and see if there was any condensation on the plastic or if that section of the floor looks damp. If anything isn’t dry then the concrete is too “wet” for epoxy.

Even after passing the dryness test I followed the instructions and cleaned the floor with the weak acid solution they provide. By simply following the instructions in the kit I got a pretty good looking floor that is super easy to keep clean. I imagine that if you are having it professionaly applied it would only be better.

-- - Scott "handplane"

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