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05-21-2016 01:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: garage floor coatings paint stain

I recently moved to Florida and I am about to move into a brand new home. The builder asked if we wanted to have the garage floor coated with a solvent based stain/paint. The builder will pressure wash, etch, base coat, flakes and clear coat. This will be a combo garage and wood shop setup. Up until now I never gave it a thought. In my old house if I spilled some oil or paint I would wipe it up and get out the kitty litter. The floor in my old garage did not look like a showroom but then again I did not care it was a garage. Is it worth the $550 to have the builder coat the floor or should I live with plain concrete and use the money to buy Makita track saw or a thickness planar? Are there benefits to having the garage floor coated that I am missing?

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 01:39 PM

Yes it helps seal the concrete keeping some of the moisture out and if you’re in Florida with the humidity that can keep your tools from rusting quicker.

I would pay for it, but that’s me.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 02:51 PM

I would have it done, either pay him or do it myself. It will be a lot easier to clean up spills and look a lot better. Bare concrete has a way of getting stained.

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 03:24 PM

Make sure the floor gets etched before the paint. The paint will not stick if the floor is not etched

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 03:29 PM

You might want to look into having someone who does that for a living do it rather than yourself or the contractor. Unless the contractor has specialized in that before, he will just get one of the products from the big box store, which you can get yourself but they do not last nearly as long as the coatings that people who do it for a living can get.

I’ve tried a few different kinds and they just don’t stand up to time very well. They will either peel off, crack, or in some places, just lift right off in large patches.

I’m looking to get a coating that the local veterinarian has. It’s a very thick epoxy based coating that has stood the traffic of pets and customers for 10 years and looks like it was poured yesterday. Don’t go cheap, as it will look like crap within a few years.

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 04:21 PM

I did an epoxy coat to my garage floor and it’s definitely the way to go. Like Nick said it helps reduce humidity in the garage. I did a bright yellow color, not only does it help with lighting but finding dropped items and cleaning is a breeze. Truly you won’t regret it down the road. I sure don’t.

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 07:01 PM

The coating the builder would use is not an epoxy but a solvent based system (H&C clarishield). I am doubtful this system would have the durability of 2 part epoxy system

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#7 posted 05-21-2016 08:56 PM

A coated floor will be much easier to sweep, but also, a lot slipperier when dust is on it. And you might consider forgoing the flakes. That looks cool, but it is camouflage when you drop small parts on the floor.

There are also all sorts of other garage/shop floors to consider. In my recently converted garage to shop, I put down PVC tile. Heavy thick (1/4”) and expensive tiles ($6 sq ft). But gives a nice cushion compared to standing on concrete.

But there are less expensive alternatives like garage rolls. Which are also PVC (think soft-ish plastic) and are only about $1.50 sq ft. Worth considering all your options.

Checkout the following for some ideas other than painting:

-- Clin

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#8 posted 05-22-2016 12:36 AM

Yes coat it, whoever does the work. Limits moisture travel and prevents the concrete from soaking up spilled liquids. There are many to choose from, along with a large difference in cost. 15 years ago I used a concrete stain from Sherwin Williams. After I learned not to wipe up solvent spills (gas, lacquer thinner, etc.) but to just let it evaporate, it has worked well. It’s no longer light tan in many areas where I’ve spilled dye or stain, but that’s ok with me. No flaking and it has not worn through (2 coats with 1/2 the recommended shark skin or whatever they call it). I did the etching and cleaning myself, but it is not one of the expensive coatings.

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#9 posted 05-22-2016 12:44 AM

If you do this, don’t park your car in there (if you park it in there) immediately after driving because the tires are hot and will take up the paint/epoxy. When we did ours I think the suggestion was to make sure you had cool tires for 30 days. We did it for two months and a little bit still came up.

Regardless, I’m glad we did it for all the reasons everyone has said.

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#10 posted 05-22-2016 01:05 AM

If having a pretty floor is important to you then by all means do it. If having a new tool is important to you then don’t. My garage floor looks like a garage floor, not a showroom.

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